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July 8, 2001
Regarding "Not the Best Shot" (Letters, June 24): I knew when I saw the Best Shot picture of sunflowers that this might be South Dakota. Lo and behold, it was from my aunt's hometown. It was her birthday that week, so I sent the picture to her in Rapid City, S.D. She loved it and was going to send it to a friend who is from Vivian, S.D. I just wanted to let you know the joy the picture brought to my family. Until you have driven the desolate roads in South Dakota and come upon a field of sunflowers, you have no idea what a beautiful sight this is. ROXANNE McKILLOP Ventura
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NEWS
January 25, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Rejoice, those who love fried foods: eating them may not put you at higher risk for coronary heart disease--if you're frying those foods in olive or sunflower oils. A study published this week in the British Medical Journal analyzed data on 40,757 Spanish adults age 29 to 69 who were followed for an average 11 years. Free of coronary heart disease at the beginning of the study, they were asked what they ate and what cooking methods they used, then were tracked to see who developed coronary heart disease and who died.
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NEWS
March 30, 1987 | Associated Press
A painting of dazzling yellow sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh was sold today for $39.85 million, more than three times the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction. The 98-year-old "Sunflowers" still life by the Dutch artist--who never sold a painting before he shot himself to death at age 37--was bought by an anonymous foreign collector, said Peter Rose, chief spokesman at Christie's auction house.
HOME & GARDEN
August 27, 2011
It was a pleasure to read two articles by Emily Green in the Home section ("A Tree Whose Star Just Keeps Rising," about the palo verde, and "Let These Facts About Soaker Hoses Sink In," Aug. 20). Her articles are consistently informative and enjoyable to garden-loving readers. When I see her byline, I know I am going to learn something new. And I enjoyed the glowing photo of her amid her California sunflowers ("The Seeds of Sunshine," Aug. 13). Good story. Kay Kanuit Redondo Beach :: I read your article about California sunflowers, but I must have missed where you specified the botanical name.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2000 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What sunflowers are to Van Gogh, props, trance dancing and buttocks are to Moses Pendleton, founder, creative director and choreographer of Momix, the audacious dance company celebrating its 20th anniversary. Oh, yes: Pendleton, too, has a fondness for sunflowers, and this penchant was explored in two eminently entertaining programs in two venues last week.
NEWS
April 20, 1987 | Associated Press
Antony Tudor, British choreographer emeritus of the American Ballet Theater who was known for his ballets about real people rather than storybook characters, has died at age 79. Tudor died after a heart attack Sunday night at his residence at the First Zen Institute of America, said institute secretary Mary Farkas. Tudor asked dancers to portray ordinary people in a stylized art form and to show human feelings that were once deemed unsuitable to ballet.
HOME & GARDEN
August 27, 2011
It was a pleasure to read two articles by Emily Green in the Home section ("A Tree Whose Star Just Keeps Rising," about the palo verde, and "Let These Facts About Soaker Hoses Sink In," Aug. 20). Her articles are consistently informative and enjoyable to garden-loving readers. When I see her byline, I know I am going to learn something new. And I enjoyed the glowing photo of her amid her California sunflowers ("The Seeds of Sunshine," Aug. 13). Good story. Kay Kanuit Redondo Beach :: I read your article about California sunflowers, but I must have missed where you specified the botanical name.
REAL ESTATE
April 16, 1989 | TEDDY COLBERT, Teddy Colbert is a Los Angeles free-lance writer, avid gardener and mother of seven. and
I would like to tell a story about a little boy I met a few years ago. His name, I think, was William, and I met him on a tour of gardens at Los Angeles schools. He was sitting at a kindergarten picnic table, chin propped on two fists, and was peering into a clear plastic cup with the intensity of a microbiologist when new bacteria sweep into his microscope's lens. In the cup was his first experience with gardening. Around him on the table were three dozen other cups, each perfunctorily planted with one radish in the exact center by his classmates, who were running, skipping, teasing and tumbling in the schoolyard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1987
Somewhere in heaven Vincent van Gogh is cutting off his other ear. MIM ROSENFELD San Diego
SCIENCE
May 3, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
New evidence confirms that the sunflower was domesticated in Mexico more than 4,600 years ago, researchers say, contrary to the widely held belief that it was converted into a food crop only in the Mississippi Valley. "Given all the available data, the best explanation is that the sunflower was domesticated twice," said archaeologist David L. Lentz of the University of Cincinnati. The sunflower has been an important food crop in the Americas, both for its high fat content and its oil.
BOOKS
August 26, 2007 | Arthur Phillips, Arthur Phillips' "Prague" won the 2003 Los Angeles Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. His most recent novel is "Angelica."
MAYBE I should just write, "Read 'Sunflower' " and leave it at that. Otherwise, I might lose control; fans of the great Hungarian novelist Gyula Krúdy (1878-1933) tend toward gibberish when trying to explain his unique appeal. Here, for example, is one of his translators, the usually sober-minded poet George Szirtes, describing Krúdy's Sindbad stories (no relation to the Arab sailor): "The language comes to pieces . . . leaving a curiously sweet erotic vacuum, like an ache without a centre."
HOME & GARDEN
March 24, 2005 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
What is it about the sunflower -- the bloom that Vincent van Gogh immortalized, that Kansas bestowed state honors on, that the avian crowd treats as a neon welcome mat -- that brings an instant smile to children's faces? "It's the most human-looking of all plants," says Larry Kleingartner, executive director of the National Sunflower Assn. "They look like they are alive.
HOME & GARDEN
August 14, 2003 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
Morning glories open at daybreak, but moonflowers wait until after dusk. And 4-o'clocks? Better check for their blooms about 5; they're pretty lazy. If you poke the touch-me-nots, they shrivel up and play dead. But the cactus, known as Old Man, will stay put while you groom its tuft of white hair with a Barbie brush. Kids everywhere are discovering the wonder of plants -- their distinctive personalities, their surprising quirks, their comical sides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2002 | RICHARD FAUSSET and CAROL CHAMBERS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Biologists working for the developer of a proposed 21,700-home project near Santa Clarita have found a sunflower on the site not seen since 1937 and thought to have been extinct. The same developer, Newhall Land & Farming Co., on Friday was charged with a misdemeanor on suspicion of altering a streambed in the area. The 10-to 12-foot Los Angeles sunflower was found on a boggy bank along the Santa Clara River.
FOOD
August 1, 2001 | CINDY DORN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
DEAR SOS: Could you please print the recipe for Kansas City Ice Cream? I was going to make some for the Fourth of July but found I had lost the recipe. Everyone was really disappointed. I have been making it for years. It's the best. MARCIA REAVES Covina DEAR MARCIA: Did they all scream for ice cream? Or did they just pout about it? This ran in the Food section July 23, 1987. It's a crowd pleaser.
TRAVEL
July 8, 2001
Regarding "Not the Best Shot" (Letters, June 24): I knew when I saw the Best Shot picture of sunflowers that this might be South Dakota. Lo and behold, it was from my aunt's hometown. It was her birthday that week, so I sent the picture to her in Rapid City, S.D. She loved it and was going to send it to a friend who is from Vivian, S.D. I just wanted to let you know the joy the picture brought to my family. Until you have driven the desolate roads in South Dakota and come upon a field of sunflowers, you have no idea what a beautiful sight this is. ROXANNE McKILLOP Ventura
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2000 | VICTORIA LOOSELEAF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What sunflowers are to Van Gogh, props, trance dancing and buttocks are to Moses Pendleton, founder, creative director and choreographer of Momix, the audacious dance company celebrating its 20th anniversary. Oh, yes: Pendleton, too, has a fondness for sunflowers, and this penchant was explored in two eminently entertaining programs in two venues last week.
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