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April 7, 2010
Dear Amy: I'm about to be engaged to a wonderful woman. I have known her for three years. I have been wondering whether I should tell her that I had lap band surgery for my obesity seven years ago when I was 45. The surgery enabled me to lose 100 pounds. I had a subsequent tummy tuck that I lied to my lady about (to explain the scar). I have never told anyone else, including my family, about this. My lady is 5 foot 10 and a good weight, but it took her some time to get used to my eating habits -- which include eating less than she does.
October 27, 2009 | HECTOR TOBAR
It isn't every day that a 50-year-old family secret comes tumbling out of the closet. A week ago, my father read the second of my columns on illiteracy, about the struggle of three Latino immigrants to learn to read and write. He came to talk to me. The look on his face as he stood on my deck was pained. "You can't tell anyone this," he said in Spanish. "I've never told anyone." "What?" I asked. "What is it?" When he finally spoke, the words came out quickly and seemed to drain him of breath.
August 30, 2009 | Brigid Schulte, Schulte writes for the Washington Post.
Joe Fehrer, manager of Nassawango Creek Preserve, has set the rules: No photos of the horizon or any landscape feature that might identify this place. No naming the back road that leads here. The cone of silence has nothing to do with nuclear codes or terrorist cells. The mission here is to protect a flower, an orchid, from would-be thieves. Platanthera x canbyi , or Canby's bog orchid, is a rare hybrid born of two rare parent orchids. This flower hasn't been seen in Maryland in almost 20 years.
November 8, 1998
Regarding the story on Mono Hot Springs, ("Sierra Secret," Aug. 9): It was followed by a letter from David Peel who is worried because the secret was revealed to 1.4 million readers. I made the trip on the strength of the article. He needn't worry. For the benefit of adventurous urbanites like myself, allow me to say that the last 16 miles of "road" are not for the uninitiated. In places, it's barely vehicle-wide at precipices. Mono Hot Springs does indeed offer pristine wilderness, a river and full amenities.
February 17, 2002
Your article on Annecy ("As Time Glides By," Jan. 27) brought back memories. I visited it for only a day before embarking on a 12-day trek traversing Mont Blanc during a 10-week sabbatical. The place is spectacular and forgotten by time. While other places in France get a lot of attention, this small, peaceful and quaint little town was the best-kept secret. Now everybody in Los Angeles knows about it. Hopefully, they won't make it there soon. JOEY J. SALONGA Hacienda Heights
April 2, 2010 | By KENNETH TURAN, Film Critic
"The Secret of Kells" is an anachronism many times over, and what a good thing that turned out to be. A ravishing, continually surprising example of largely hand-drawn animation in the heyday of computer-generated imagery, an inexpensive and sophisticated European production in an age of broad-stroke studio films, even a spirited defense of books and bookishness while Kindles walk the earth, "Kells" fights the tide every way it can. ...
September 20, 1998
Regarding Lucretia Bingham's story on the Mono Hot Springs Resort ("Sierra Secret," Aug. 9): While the article was detailed and accurate, she failed to mention that the resort is adjacent to a well-kept forestry service campground. The resort and campground are open June through September only. The sinking feeling I experienced upon seeing the article is that she revealed this well-kept "Sierra secret" to 1.4 million Times Travel section readers. In the 18 years that I have known about Mono Hot Springs, I shared it with only six of my most appreciative friends.
June 14, 2010
"The Secret in Their Eyes" has turned into a secret box-office success. Winner of the best foreign-language film Academy Award this year, the Argentine murder-mystery has sold a total of $4.5-million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada so far. That's about what "The Karate Kid" made in a few hours, of course, but it's more than four of the last five Oscar winners in that category had grossed after the same number of weeks in theaters....
March 8, 2010
Foreign language "The Secret in Their Eyes" Juan José Campanella Proving itself once again to be among the most predictably unpredictable categories at the Oscars, the award for foreign language film went to Argentina's "The Secret in Their Eyes." Though likely not quite as controversial as the award last year for Japan's "Departures," the prize again shows that the academy has little interest in the popularity of movies on the international film festival circuit nor the critical response to these often-relatively little-seen films.
November 23, 1986
Even Teflon eventually gets scratched, allowing the base metal to show through. ROBERT E. OMAN Culver City
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