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March 30, 2008 | Joel Pett
Of all the cartoonist's tools, tactile (pencils, erasers, brushes, erasers, crayons, rounded scissors, more erasers) and cerebral (sarcasm, irony, humor, utter frustration), none are so elusive as sheer, unadorned simplicity. John Branch's Olympic brass knuckles pack a punch with no punch line. Rex Babin fired off just a couple of explosively loaded words at the high-flying former first lady.
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April 15, 2014 | By Jeff Bauman
It is a weekend for working around the house. My fiancee, Erin, and I have the baby's room to paint and some IKEA furniture to assemble. I roll out of bed early - 10:30 - and get into my wheelchair. Erin is already making coffee in the kitchen. "I started the first wall," she says. "I love that gray. " Erin never bugs me about sleeping late. For a few months after I was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, I often slept 15 hours a day. The doctors said my body needed to heal.
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February 16, 2014 | By Amy Goldman Koss
The 10th birthday of Facebook last week caused me to recall my miserable pre-Facebook existence, when methods of procrastination were sorely limited. As a stay-at-home writer, phone calls were unruly and hard to control. What if the other person wanted to tell a long story? What if she wanted me to really pay attention? I could have a bit of contact with the outside world by scanning the newspaper or listening to the radio. But for me the switch in media was too jarring and tended to trigger frantic snacking, which often led to napping.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" is a deceptively small story. An elderly woman named Carrie Watts, living a stifling and increasingly marginalized existence with her son and daughter-in-law, is determined to return to her tiny hometown in the South. And so one day she does, escaping the bonds of age and family to board a bus headed toward Bountiful, Texas. There are few roles available to women of a certain age, fewer still that allow such performers to wield the subtle but symphonic skills that can only be acquired through a lifetime of fine acting.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1998 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Is it enough for a singer to just sing a song? Don't singers have to swoop and soar and embellish the material as Whitney Houston and any number of today's pop divas do? Can the song, sung clearly and directly, be enough? It all depends on the song. And who's singing it. Weslia Whitfield chose songs that didn't need embellishment Friday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the second night of her three-night engagement as part of the cabaret series.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1998 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Karen Carson's spunky exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery is two shows in one. Combining sharp, formal rigor with savvy street-smarts, her spirited works from the last two years deliver everyday pleasures to everyday visitors. Although such indiscriminate generosity may sound perfectly sensible, it flies in the face of those viewers who insist that contemporary art is intrinsically difficult and that experts (like them) must interpret its deep, hidden meanings for the rest of us.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 1996 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) had a delicate touch that enabled him to transform unremarkable odds and ends into intimate talismans of magical moments. At Manny Silverman Gallery, the reclusive artist's capacity for enchantment comes through very clearly in two dozen box constructions (mostly made in the 1950s) and half as many collages (all dating from the 1960s).
NEWS
September 20, 2001 | JURA KONCIUS, WASHINGTON POST
"When we make a home, we honor life and we honor all of its blessings," Dominique Browning wrote when she became editor in chief of House & Garden in 1996. This fall, the magazine is celebrating its 100th anniversary. As the staff struggles along with the rest of New York to cope with the Sept. 11 attacks, her words are truer than ever. The House & Garden century began in 1901 when three Philadelphia architects conceived a scholarly design journal.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1995 | TIMOTHY MANGAN
The pleasures provided by the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra Saturday night at the Wilshire-Ebell Theatre were small but not few. There were no blazing fortes or epic declamations to be heard, no swooning, sweating or sentimentalizing either. Conductor Lucinda Carver led clear-eyed but obviously affectionate performances.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1992 | NANCY KAPITANOFF, Nancy Kapitanoff writes regularly about art for Westside/Valley Calendar
As summer approaches, one looks forward to spending warm, sunny days outdoors, perhaps sharing a picnic and good conversation with a friend, or sitting alone under a tree, reading that novel that's been collecting dust on the night table. It is these and other such simple pleasures in life that have captured painter Anne Karsenty Laval's imagination.
OPINION
February 16, 2014 | By Amy Goldman Koss
The 10th birthday of Facebook last week caused me to recall my miserable pre-Facebook existence, when methods of procrastination were sorely limited. As a stay-at-home writer, phone calls were unruly and hard to control. What if the other person wanted to tell a long story? What if she wanted me to really pay attention? I could have a bit of contact with the outside world by scanning the newspaper or listening to the radio. But for me the switch in media was too jarring and tended to trigger frantic snacking, which often led to napping.
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Amid this season's flurry of massive cookbooks from important chefs such as David Kinch (Manresa), Daniel Patterson (Coi), Daniel Boulud (Daniel) and more, comes this modest entry from former Chez Panisse chef David Tanis, “One Good Dish: The Pleasures of a Simple Meal” (Artisan, 2013, $25.95). I sat down with the book the other day and read his short, but sweet introduction. What he means by one good dish is "tasty, simple and real," i.e., something a home cook could make without devoting the entire weekend to one recipe.
TRAVEL
July 14, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Tired of the shuttle-bus lines, the candy wrappers, the oh-the-humanity crowds that threaten to spoil the Yosemite experience? Have we got a summer place for you. The sleepy June Lake Loop offers all the joys of the Sierra with a fraction of the fuss. There are four alpine lakes, waterfalls, towering back-country hikes, kayaks, a high-end spa and some of the huskiest trout you've ever seen. This all makes June Lake one of the most amiable -- and versatile -- weekend jaunts in California.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Jumping in haystacks and making hand-cranked ice cream will be the norm next month at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, Wis. The re-created farmstead museum in the southeastern part of the state will salute "Little House on the Prairie" author Laura Ingalls Wilder during July with daily activities that capture her simple 19th century childhood. "The real things haven't changed," Ingalls Wilder, who was born 147 years ago, once wrote. "It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.
NEWS
February 23, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Have a little time to spare this weekend? In this week's section, I talk about the simple pleasures of a slow-simmered stew : "Unlike a typical weeknight dinner rushed to the table after a long day, stews are patient, as much about the sheer pleasure of cooking as the finished dish itself. It's the simple alchemy of time and ingredients layered in a pot to form something lush and rich, with a depth of flavor that cannot be duplicated with a shortcut. " While I'd argue that a good stew demands patience, not all of them require a lot of time.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2011 | Holiday Mathis
Aries (March 21-April 19): You need a strategy for turning your idea into an event. You would be wise to spend at least two hours planning. Taurus (April 20-May 20): All predictions are merely opinions. You'll take the reins and lead in spite of, or perhaps because of, what the "experts" say. Gemini (May 21-June 21): It will be challenging to slip into work mode. But there are certain things that require your touch. Cancer (June 22-July 22): You will teach someone what it means to be responsible.
NEWS
October 29, 1992 | HILARY DOLE KLEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
My 13-year-old, Ted, considers himself an expert on going out to breakfast. It all began when he was a year old and his father started taking him out every Saturday morning. He ate off his father's plate, the waitresses fussed over him, and the cashier always gave him a penny. He still considers going out for breakfast one of the happiest of all occasions.
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