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.
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
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.
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.
March 6, 2010 |
Suzy Amis Cameron sits cross-legged on a floor cushion in the sunny community room at Muse Elementary, the Topanga Canyon school she founded in 2006. There are no 10-foot tall blue people in sight nor war craft threatening the bucolic campus. But just the same, she has created a utopia in Muse School as much as her husband, James Cameron, did with Pandora, his cinematic paradise. At Muse, children are free to design and direct their own plays, gather in a kind of tribal counsel to celebrate birthdays and roam the bucolic acreage studying puddle water, collecting bees and rock hunting -- all in the name of education.
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.
November 16, 2012 |
It was among early man's greatest technological feats: a fully engineered weapon that combined a wooden shaft, mixed adhesives and a stone that had been chiseled to a lethal point. To many anthropologists, the creation of the stone-tipped, or hafted, spear was a watershed moment in human evolution. Not only did it amplify the killing power of early hunters, it also demonstrated clearly that they had developed the capacity for complex and abstract reasoning. Pinning down this moment in prehistory has been difficult, however.
June 29, 2003 |
The Tomb of the Unknowns, the memorial that honors unidentified American servicemen and women killed in battle and attracts millions of visitors annually, is being replaced after 72 years. The white marble monument atop a hill in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is cracked on all four sides.
March 22, 2009 |
When archaeologists on a dig in southern Portugal last year flipped over a heavy chunk of slate and saw writing not used for more than 2,500 years, they were elated. The enigmatic pattern of inscribed symbols curled symmetrically around the upper part of the rough-edged, yellowish stone tablet and coiled into the middle in a decorative style typical of an extinct Iberian language called Southwest Script. "We didn't break into applause, but almost," says Amilcar Guerra, a University of Lisbon lecturer overseeing the excavation.