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October 21, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Ryan R. Oliver shot this photo of a serene stork sitting on the foggy Salton Sea on Sunday. He used an Olympus E-M5.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - They'll meet at a discreet compound in Southern California on Friday, dining with a view of the mountains before a long talk and, if the mood strikes, a walk around the grounds in the balmy night. It's hardly a storybook Valentine's Day, with President Obama as the host and Jordanian King Abdullah II the guest at Rancho Mirage's luxurious Sunnylands estate, which is becoming the Camp David of the West. But the setting holds a special allure for world leaders looking to work out nettlesome problems, far from the media glare and diplomatic protocols that come with an official visit to the White House.
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NEWS
October 22, 2011
When on vacation in French Polynesia last November, Kathy Bonnell captured this scene as she sat on a beach on Moorea. The two boats were anchored in waters near the Moorea Village Hotel, and a long kayaker paddled off in to the distance. "The quiet calmness of the water, the serenity and the silhouette of the boats against the sunset inspired me," she said. The Fountain Valley resident used an Olympus X250,D560z,C350z. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
In Karlheinz Stockhausen's wondrous, strange "Stimmung," six singers sit in a circle, produce otherworldly harmonics, evoke the names of Aztec gods, intone an eccentric hallelujah chorus and interrupt transcendental meditation reciting texts with graphic sexual imagery. There was nothing like it when the visionary German composer wrote "Stimmung" (which translates as tuning and is similar to the word for voice) holed up in a cabin with his new wife in Connecticut the winter of 1968. There is now, and that is only because "Stimmung" was, and remains, a phenomenon.
SPORTS
July 16, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Peter Bourjos' name has popped up in trade rumors this month almost as often  as the three marquee pitchers believed to be on the block: Cole Hamels, Zack Greinke and Matt Garza. But you will find no egg shells, pins or needles under the feet of the Angels center fielder. “This is the most relaxed I've ever been at the trade deadline because I've been through it so many times,” Bourjos said before Monday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. “Whatever happens, happens.
NEWS
December 15, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
In July, Jennifer Burstein and her family visited Lakeside, Ariz., and stayed at the Lake of the Woods resort. From the patio of their cabin, she photographed her husband, Mark, right, with their son, Dave, at the resort's lake. "My family loved fishing while watching the sunset," she said. "It was very serene. " The Santa Clarita resident used a Fuji Finepix S5100. To submit your photos, visit our reader photo gallery . When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
NEWS
January 10, 2010 | By Judith Fein
Try: Western Ireland for a spa escape. Check out: Voya Seaweed Baths for a relaxing and rejuvenating break from touring Connacht and Ireland's western coast. Don't forget: To bring your camera for photos of both the breathtaking sea and historic landmarks throughout the area. Stop by: Carrowmore and Knocknarea megalithic cemeteries to see Listoghil and Queen Maeve's tomb, some of the largest and most impressive neolithic tombs in Ireland.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By David Pagel
Stillness, silence and calm are probably not the first features that come to mind when contemporary art is mentioned. Scandal is far more likely to make the headlines. But if you spend any time with Scot Heywood's slow paintings, you might get excited by the way they alert you to the beauty of doing nothing more than standing still and staring. To see a two-, three- or four-color painting by the 62-year-old Angeleno is to find yourself in a situation free of the ordinary anxiety - or adrenalin buzz - that usually heightens perceptions, sharpens wits and drives life forward.
TRAVEL
August 30, 2009 | Beverly Beyette
It was the bottom of the fifth, and the Florida Marlins were leading the San Diego Padres, 3-1. The crowd roared as a flashing sign in Petco Park implored the fans to make some noise. From my seat, I heard and saw it all. But I was a block away, relaxing, drink in hand, on the ninth-floor terrace of Hotel Indigo. I had a clear view through the outfield to home plate, though binoculars would have helped. But what I missed I could see on the stadium's oversized screen. And what fun to be a rooftop voyeur on a warm summer night.
NEWS
June 2, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
Tad Malone was in Thailand this spring on Makha Bucha Day, a Buddhist holiday celebrated in Southeast Asian countries. When he visited Wat Phra Singh, a historic Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, he came upon this peaceful scene. "What really caught my eye was the serenity of the moment, and the light from the candles dancing off the faces of the young Thai monks," he said. The Burbank resident used a Canon 50D. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
HOME & GARDEN
January 25, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Paul Lieberstein was ready for a change. In 2000, he purchased a two-bedroom, one-bath Crestwood Hills home that was clinging to a hillside and sold as a tear-down. But a decade later, he and his wife, Janine Poreba, were expecting their first child, and he knew it was time to expand. "We brought in some floors and painted, but it was hardly enough," he said. The process began after architect Peter Grueneisen moved in next door. "He was not initially interested, as he was too busy," said Lieberstein, an actor, writer and producer known for his role as Toby on "The Office.
IMAGE
December 7, 2013 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Many moons after the "Rachel" haircut hysteria, much ado is still being made about Jennifer Aniston's hair. The 44-year-old "Friends" and "Horrible Bosses" star recently cut her long tresses into a bob, and it made headlines across the planet. We went to Aniston, who has joined the ranks of beauty entrepreneurs as co-owner of Living Proof hair care, to find out how she stays serene and beautiful in the spotlight. On the red carpet, you don't significantly change your beauty look.
WORLD
December 2, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
For the first time in Iceland's modern history, police carried out a fatal shooting early Monday during an exchange of gunfire with a man reported to be firing at cars from his apartment window. Two police officers were wounded in the shootout that followed a 5 a.m. emergency call from neighbors, Euronews quoted an Icelandic news agency as reporting. The 59-year-old victim from eastern Reykjavik, who wasn't immediately identified, was taken to an area hospital where he died of his wounds.
NEWS
November 18, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
A new parody video replaces Jean-Claude Van Damme with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, doing the splits atop moving Volvo trucks. The Volvo ad was the latest viral stunt video from Volvo Trucks. Van Damme is poised above the trucks, which are moving in reverse. As the trucks separate, Van Damme opens his eyes - slowly - and he performs the split, one foot on each truck. Arms crossed over his chest, he's the picture of serenity. The face dub is a salute to the epic split of Van Damme and the epic adventures of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, according to visual effects company Artjail, which posted the parody.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Demi Lovato has a new book coming out, and Monday on Facebook she gave fans a taste of what's to come. In the book's March 15 entry , Lovato reflects on the day that's the anniversary of her sobriety and recovery, and shares the serenity prayer.  "Those who are recovering use this prayer on a daily basis, but what is truly amazing about it is that you don't have to be in recovery to speak these words," she writes. "I have spoken this prayer almost every day of my recovery and it has helped simplify the sea of emotions and feelings that often run through me, especially on a hard day. We do the best we can in life, we take things one day at a time, and sometimes we all just need a simple reminder of that.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By David Pagel
Stillness, silence and calm are probably not the first features that come to mind when contemporary art is mentioned. Scandal is far more likely to make the headlines. But if you spend any time with Scot Heywood's slow paintings, you might get excited by the way they alert you to the beauty of doing nothing more than standing still and staring. To see a two-, three- or four-color painting by the 62-year-old Angeleno is to find yourself in a situation free of the ordinary anxiety - or adrenalin buzz - that usually heightens perceptions, sharpens wits and drives life forward.
TRAVEL
February 4, 2011 | By Madeline King Porter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In Ojai, serenity prevails. Over the years, I've felt it here during many a laid-back weekend visit. But my most recent trip wasn't intended to be serene. I had a specific goal: to take the inside track and visit the home studios of my favorite Ojai artists, whose work I had seen online and in galleries. They were scattered from one end of the valley to the other, and I didn't expect to have much time to relax. Live and learn. Ojai is all about relaxation. It began with my home base ?
NEWS
January 26, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
On ltsukushima island, off the coast of Hiroshima in Japan, Steve Kato photographed the torii that stands in front of 12 th century ltsukushima Shinto Shrine. At high tide, water surrounds the vermillion gate, which stands about 52 feet high. Kato and his wife, Kathleen, visited ltsukushima in spring 2011, just in time to see its cherry blossoms in full bloom. The San Gabriel resident used a Nikon D60. To submit your photos, visit our reader photo gallery . When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Ryan R. Oliver shot this photo of a serene stork sitting on the foggy Salton Sea on Sunday. He used an Olympus E-M5.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
TRAVEL
May 11, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Siesta Suites Hotel is a charming place, in the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, but serenely peaceful. It's small (20 suites with kitchens ) but comfortable. There is a long patio for relaxing and enjoying the gardens and the odd bird tweet, yet the Giggling Marlin and the Jungle are only a block or so away. It's professionally managed with friendly help. Siesta Suites Hotel, Calle Emiliano Zapata, Cabo San Lucas; (866) 271-0952, http://www.cabosiestasuites.com . Standard room or suite, $69 a night; penthouse, $80 a night.
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