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March 15, 2010 | By Karen Voight
In seated twists like this one, it's important to sit up tall and focus on lengthening your spine before you begin to twist. Done correctly, spinal twists increase circulation and build strength and flexibility in your back muscles. But you must be warmed up properly before you perform them. —Karen Voight Sit on the floor with both legs straight in front of you. Bend your left knee and place your left foot flat on the floor in front of your left sitting bone. Bend your left elbow and place it on the inside of your left knee with your fingertips pointing upward.
April 26, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Updated and edgy, this multi-story house sits behind gates in Hollywood Hills West. Described by the design firm as a "transitional take on a classic Mediterranean," the home retains such characteristic details as interior and exterior wrought-iron railings, arched windows and a tile roof. Location: 1427 Queens Road, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $3.698 million Year built: 1937 Remodel: Bravia Design House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,554 square feet Lot size: 5,882 square feet Features: Library, family room, breakfast area, kitchen island, hardwood floors, whole-house audio, terraces, outdoor living room with flat-screen TV, fountain-fed swimming pool About the area: Last year, 195 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.25 million, according to DataQuick.
September 13, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
To maintain flexibility in your hips and back, practice seated twists on the floor in a cross-legged position. If you have tight hips, sit on a firm yoga block or try sitting on a thick telephone book. Sit upright with your right leg crossed in front of your left leg. Move your knees closer together and your feet farther apart to get your calves to cross (instead of just crossing at the ankles). Inhale with your chest lifted and your shoulders relaxed. On an exhalation, place your left forearm to the outside of your right thigh and rotate your upper body to your right.
April 24, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Using some plain old rubber strips, scientists have created a whole new shape -- a hemihelix, a long spiral that switches twisting directions over its length. The shape, described in the journal PLOS One, is rarely seen in nature - and could potentially prove useful for manipulating light on tiny scales. In a standard helix the spiral coils up and up in the same direction, like a stretched-out slinky, and it's a fairly common shape in the natural world, most notably in the double helix of DNA. But hemihelices?
October 12, 2009 | Karen Voight
A fun, new way to strengthen and stretch your core is to add a small kettle bell to your workout. This move is harder than it looks -- so don't be surprised if you can twist with only a small range of motion in the beginning. Your strength and flexibility will increase with practice. -- Karen Voight 1Stand upright, with your feet together, holding one kettle bell in front of your chest with both hands. Lift your elbows out to the sides at shoulder height, palms facing your chest.
November 1, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
This twisting lunge can be done at a wall to help you feel more stable while you get into the correct position. Practice it on a regular basis to relieve lower back discomfort and to strengthen and stretch your legs and hips. Stand sideways near a flat wall with the outer edge of your right foot and right shoulder 3 to 4 inches away from the wall. Step back into a low lunge with your left leg. Bend your right knee to a 90-degree angle. Inhale, place your left fingertips on the floor under your left shoulder.
September 30, 2000
Chubby Checker is still out there twisting, God bless him, but please don't use his self-aggrandizing quotes as musical history ("Chubby Checker Still Enjoys Twistin' the Night Away," by Jeff Simons, Sept. 2). "Since November 1959, the world has been dancing the style of Chubby Checker," he claims, and yet Chubby didn't record "The Twist" until June or July of 1960 and, as Simons pointed out, didn't introduce the twist to the "world" on Dick Clark's Saturday-night TV show until Aug. 6, 1960.
October 20, 2010
Take a Mexican beer, add a lime and you know what you have? A recipe for "Mexican beer dermatitis. " So says a New York dermatologist in a recent issue of Archives of Dermatology. Read what he has to say here , as published in the Orlando Sentinel. Apparently, it's the lime juice that causes the skin irritation – if not washed off and if exposed to the sun. But "lime dermatitis on unwashed skin" or its technical name "phytophotodermatitis" doesn't quite have the same ring.
May 17, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
I was going to refer to “It Is Done,” a play by Alex Goldberg currently running in a back room in Hollywood's Pig 'N Whistle restaurant, as “site-specific,” but then I Googled the term. Yes, “It Is Done” is set in a bar, but not the Pig 'N Whistle, nor the Mean Fiddler Bar & Grill in New York, where it premiered in 2011 -- just a nameless, deserted dive. Any bar would do. So according to Wikipedia, the proper term is “site-generic.” But that's terrible. So I propose “stage-free dinner theater.” You're welcome.
In the current artistic recession, when a lot of small theater is small indeed, "The Beethovens," the boisterous, sprawling new play that swirls around the lives of Ludwig van and his kin, comes off as a huge dare at a small house like the Gene Dynarski Theatre. Like the composer himself, both director J.
April 14, 2014 | By Alan Eyerly
Joffrey haters rejoice! The king is dead! Long live whoever poisoned the tyrannical teenager! Much-loathed Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) succumbs to his untimely but well-deserved fate in Episode 32 (“The Lion and the Rose”) of HBO's epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” Being the bastard spawn of Queen Regent Cersei Baratheon (Lena Headey) and her twin brother Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Joffrey was never a rightful heir to the Iron Throne. PREMIERE: Season 4 recap of 'Game of Thrones' But even if paternity tests were available in those days of yore, the corrupt Lannisters likely would have faked the results to strengthen their grip on the Seven Kingdoms.
April 6, 2014 | By Noel Murray
August: Osage County Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning April 8 Tracy Letts has now had three of his plays adapted into films. Director William Friedkin made the bizarre "Bug" and "Killer Joe" into something as gritty and exciting as a stage show, but John Wells unkinks Letts' Pulitzer-winning twisted black comedy. The Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts have a blast chewing the scenery as a cantankerous mother and daughter who spend an impromptu family reunion snapping at each other and their kin; and the rest of the cast (including Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale)
March 27, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
DALLAS  -- Danny Granger was the latest of the Clippers to go down, suffering a strained left hamstring in the fourth quarter that forced him from the game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. Granger said he will be reevaluated Friday and is listed as day to day. Granger was injured when Vince Carter came under him and forced the Clippers forward to twist his body. "He hit me and spun me sideways," Granger said. "I walked in the [locker room] and we tested it. It was strong, just some pain.
March 27, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
While the rest of the country -- or so it seems -- is still in mourning over the tragic death of Will Gardner in Sunday's episode of "The Good Wife," at least one woman sees opportunity in his untimely passing.  As Josh Charles explained in a conversation with series creators Michelle and Robert King and co-star Julianna Margulies on Wednesday night at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater, the reaction to his character's demise has been touching and...
March 25, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
We'll tell you right now, if you haven't caught up with "The Good Wife," especially the episode that aired Sunday night, then stop reading now. This post is all about the big plot twist from that episode. OK, now that the requisite disclaimer is out of the way, let's quote David Letterman to guest Josh Charles on Monday night's "Late Show": "What the hell happened?" As shellshocked "Good Wife" viewers, or anyone who's spent time on social media in the last 48 hours, knows, on Sunday night Charles' character was suddenly killed by a stray bullet fired in a courtroom.
March 20, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
What would you do for $500? For $15,000? For $250,000? That's the engine behind "Cheap Thrills," which begins as a simple "guy walks into a bar" story and snowballs into a mind-blowing little horror show. Directed with screw-tightening efficiency by E.L. Katz, from a savvy, wildly twisted script by Trent Haaga and David Chirchirillo, this nervy morality tale finds cautious, financially strapped family man Craig (Pat Healy) running into a former high school friend, the sketchy Vince (Ethan Embry)
December 8, 1995 | SCOTT COLLINS
Fortune seldom smiles on "Twist of Fate," the new musical at the Tiffany Theater. Librettist Lissa Levin and composer Ron Abel collaborated on this slender tale of Dominique (Lisa Raggio), a Gypsy fortuneteller arrested for illegally plying her trade to an undercover cop. The love interest is Dominique's defense attorney, Michael (Dan Gerrity); conflict comes courtesy of her headstrong teenage daughter, Olivia (Tia Texada).
May 20, 2000
Tim Brown's article on Texas Ranger outfielder Chad Curtis was a beautiful, refreshing twist on our "Sports Heroes." I just hope that every mother and father of a young athlete read the article and explained to their kids the true nature of standing up for what you believe in. Like it or not, professional baseball players are role models. Young people would do well to emulate some of the principles that Chad Curtis stands for. CAL SANDERS San Clemente
March 19, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“The Voice” is getting yet another dose of pop star power. NBC's hit singing competition show has recruited Coldplay's Chris Martin to serve as a mentor. Martin isn't jumping into one of the plush, red spinning-chairs occupied by Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher or Shakira (who are subbing for Christina Aguilera and the recently departed Cee Lo Green). But he will serve as a key advisor, mentoring the artists on the superstar coaches' teams. Martin's new role will be seen during the series' latest format switch.
March 14, 2014 | Dan Blackburn
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah - I am seated on a narrow ledge waiting for the setting sun to add a golden glow to the famous Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. A tripod is wedged between my knees. There is not a lot of room here, and a misstep could result in a nasty fall. Far below, a lone hiker with a backpack walks by - just a small figure diminished by the large arch above him. Then, the light of the setting sun arrives. The red rock begins to glow, and everything else - the trail's 480 feet of elevation gain, the almost precarious perch and more - is swallowed up by the grandeur of the scene.
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