July 25, 1998
Please keep Mike Boehm away from classical music concerts, even ones featuring compositions by contemporary rock stars such as Paul McCartney ("Long and Winding Road to Poignant End," July 21). Mr. Boehm is obviously more suited to write about "Teen Idols of the '60s"--yawn, snore!--which he does capably in the same issue. "Standing Stone" is not the Beatles, not Elvis Costello, nor is it Led Zeppelin, or Wings, or even Beethoven. It is, in the opinion of many more classically experienced than Mr. Boehm, a work filled with beautiful melodies, Gershwin-esque rhythms, and orchestral colors worthy of Ives or Rimsky-Korsakov.
October 30, 2011 |
At the end of a dirt road deep in the mountains, Consolacion Acay hobbled onto her porch and picked up her tools of the trade: a glass cup, a bamboo straw, a stone the size of an apricot pit and a bottle of potion. Then she began casting spells to heal her client. "I found this stone while I was swimming near waterfalls in the middle of the island," the unassuming 86-year-old said later. "That night I had a dream that taught me how to use the stone to heal people, and I've been doing it ever since.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2001 |
He works in a woolen vest, precisely knotted tie, pressed blue Oxford shirt and clutching a six-pound hammer. Nathen Blackwell, 79, is nothing if not fastidious, a fact that might be appreciated by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Board of Trustees, whose names he is carving in the limestone walls of the Reagan Library.
November 25, 2001 |
The golden glow of Santa Barbara sandstone is a hallmark of the coastal city's early mansions and masonry walls. The warm look of the castle-style stone blocks is still popular today, but the cost of building with the heavy material can be a budget buster. That was the challenge facing homeowner Jan Winford when plans for renovation of her 1907 Craftsman-style home called for extensive additions to the original sandstone walls. The solution: fake sandstone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2004 |
This time around, Stuart Finch hopes to stay in Ventura a few years. Last time, he left after a few months. That was early in 2000, when success knocked him for a loop. People loved the amazing stone sculptures Finch put up at the beach. They flocked around the soft-spoken, homeless ninth-grade dropout, donating money, food and clothing. They sent angry letters to City Hall when workers knocked down some of his taller creations, claiming they could fall on children.
October 25, 2010 |
How would you like to see an honest-to-goodness witch flying by your place at midnight this Halloween? Just put your clothes on inside out, start walking around backward, and it'll happen. At least that's how the superstition goes. If you believe in that sort of thing. And there's a good chance that you do. Polls consistently show that about half of all Americans hold some superstitious beliefs (although not necessarily the fly-by one). Superstitions are claims of a particular type ?
HOME & GARDEN
August 26, 2004 |
Every garden must have stone, be it a solitary rock, a ribbon of gravel, a pod of boulders or a massive wall or waterfall. Stone, while rigid, is transformed by daylight and dew. Stone flatters all plants, and few things are better to climb on or sit on, except for maybe a tree. Two gardens, one in the foothills and one by the sea, become personal and permanent (as permanent as a garden can be) by using stone to anchor their design.
HOME & GARDEN
October 12, 1991 |
Using stone in architecture and interior design probably goes back to, well, the Stone Age. Uncountable homes, castles, temples, churches, building facades, pillars, fireplaces, even idols and altars, have been fashioned from the rock-solid substance. In the '90s design market, stone in all its forms is making a strong comeback.