April 7, 2009 |
Shamed by images of wealthy corporateers cavorting at the expense of ordinary people, U.S. companies canceled an estimated $1 billion worth of conferences in the first two months of this year and trimmed back on others. Hoteliers are calling it "the AIG effect," after the insurance company that took a public drubbing for spending freely on corporate perks despite its financial turmoil.
September 4, 2011 |
The Betty MacDonald Farm is still everything its first owner described in her memoir "Onions in the Stew": a beautiful retreat with a breathtaking view of Puget Sound, lush fruit trees and bald eagles nesting just outside the windows. The farm in the 1940s and '50s was the ideal spot for MacDonald to raise two daughters while cranking out bestselling books that detailed, with a contemporary comedic sense, every step, and misstep, that led her here. Happily for the legion of MacDonald fans - and for nature lovers visiting nearby Seattle - the farm and its grounds are largely as she and her second husband, Don, left it when they moved to Carmel in the 1950s.
June 11, 2013 |
Merv Griffin's former retreat in La Quinta has sold for $7 million. The 39-acre equestrian compound includes a racetrack, a 5,000-square-foot Moroccan-style main house, four casitas, three one-bedroom staff quarters and apartments at both ends of the 16-stall stables for a total of 14 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The estate was developed by L.A.-based Griffin in 1986 as a desert retreat for entertaining and work. He raised Arabian horses and, later, thoroughbreds. Other features include an infinity pool and a 2.5-acre fishing lagoon.
February 28, 2013 |
The Tassajara Mountain Zen Center lies at the end of a 14-mile drive down a dirt track near a Central California town few people know (Jamesburg). And that's the point: The remote inland setting in the Santa Lucia Mountains about 25 miles south of Big Sur provides an ideal place to shut out the daily grind and unplug. When monks aren't being trained at the center, which was founded in 1967, Tassajara opens its doors each year to vacationers and guests. Last year 5,200 people came to engage in a retreat, meditate, do yoga, go hiking in the surrounding Ventana Wilderness, dip in the nearby hot springs, eat at the center's vegetarian kitchen and reconnect with nature and themselves.
October 11, 2008 |
More than 99% of Alaska's large glaciers are in retreat or thinning, a new book by the U.S. Geological Survey says. Glaciers in nearly every mountain range and island group are experiencing "significant retreat, thinning or stagnation," particularly those at lower elevations, according to "The Glaciers of Alaska," the agency said Monday. About 5% of Alaska is covered by more than 100,000 glaciers. Those at elevations below 4,900 feet are retreating the most. Some glaciers at higher attitudes, where temperatures are lower, have expanded.
June 11, 1988
Isn't it about time the Singing Cowboy instructed his Anaheim Stadium organist to start playing "Retreat" instead of "Charge?" LEAH WILSON San Pedro
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1985
I can't help but believe that the voters of Los Angeles made the correct choice on Proposition 1. It became particularly evident when one reads comments from Chief Daryl F. Gates, which were phoned in from the "retreat for high ranking officers of the Police Department" in Oxnard. I'll just bet, even without looking, who paid for this retreat. What a good and useful way to spend tax money. HARVEY PULLIAM-KRAGER South Pasadena
August 15, 2008 |
Anyone needing a break from all those speeches and protests at the Democratic National Convention in Denver can find solace through some riverside meditation and yoga. Meditate '08 is a six-day retreat on the banks of the South Platte River coinciding with the convention. Its organizers aim to give delegates, candidates, demonstrators and locals a chance to reconnect with their inner selves. Even though some might think the idea "trippy," retreat co-chair Don Morreale said that it would counter "angry energy" emanating from protests.
February 7, 1988
"thirtysomething" is too realistic! At times, while watching a certain situation in the series, my wife would turn to me and give me an understanding smile. And at other times, reminded of our own situation at home, she would glare at me, forcing me to retreat to the kitchen for a convenient snack! Henry Sakaida, Temple City