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February 26, 2014
Re "Among the oldest Holocaust survivors," Obituary, Feb. 24 Thank you for reporting on the passing of Alice Herz-Sommer, one of the oldest Holocaust survivors. I knew nothing about Herz-Sommer before seeing the Academy Award-nominated documentary," The Lady in Number Six. " I left the theater with tears in my eyes but with my heart inspired and uplifted by this remarkable woman. Despite circumstances that no human being should be forced to endure, her spirit still soared.
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OPINION
February 26, 2014
Re "Among the oldest Holocaust survivors," Obituary, Feb. 24 Thank you for reporting on the passing of Alice Herz-Sommer, one of the oldest Holocaust survivors. I knew nothing about Herz-Sommer before seeing the Academy Award-nominated documentary," The Lady in Number Six. " I left the theater with tears in my eyes but with my heart inspired and uplifted by this remarkable woman. Despite circumstances that no human being should be forced to endure, her spirit still soared.
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BUSINESS
November 18, 2001
"From Virtual Slavery to Being Boss" [Oct. 25] is a wonderful, positive, uplifting story that should have made not just the front page of the Business section but the front page of every major newspaper in America. With every newspaper screaming "anthrax" and talk of immigrants, both legal and illegal, coming to America to destroy our way of life, it is so very refreshing to see two people and their story of realizing the dream of owning a business in this great country of ours. How easy it could have been for them and the Thai community to blame our government for not protecting them from the likes of those who enslaved them.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
A good book is like good medicine. This is the message that comes to us from assorted British health professionals, and reiterated last week by the U.K.'s leading librarians. Why take a pill when you can pop open a metaphor? Why sit in line at your doctor's office when you can be soothed by an uplifting story instead? In the wake of a study showing that “self-help reading can help people with common mental health conditions,” the Society of Chief Librarians and the nonprofit Reading Agency came up with a list of 27 books to make you feel better.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The documentary "The King" is an engaging character study of Darko Kralj, a world champion shot-putter who lost a leg in 1991 while serving in the Croatian War of Independence. Producer-director Dejan Acimovic tells Kralj's inspiring story in a series of loosely organized snapshots that add up to a strong, absorbing whole. Kralj, near death when his left leg had to be amputated above the knee, is shown here, two decades later, enjoying a happy, productive life as a devoted family man and sportsman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1994
I just wanted to let The Times staff know how nice the feature was on the family of firefighters ("Firefighter Tradition Spans Three Generations," July 3). Very rarely do you see a whole page devoted to a group of people who take pride in what they do. Firefighters are a special breed. They risk their lives for strangers and protect the city they call home. I think that's a great example of L.A. pride. ELIZABETH PEISNER Woodland Hills
SPORTS
August 19, 1989
I was disgusted by the attitude displayed by Vann McElroy in the wake of the Stacey Toran tragedy. I believe that McElroy is quite mistaken: Operating a motor vehicle after drinking enough alcohol to raise one's blood-alcohol level to over three times the legal limit certainly makes one "less of a man." What a depressing contrast to the uplifting story of Dave Dravecky. BRUCE A. FISHER Long Beach
SPORTS
October 19, 1996
Thank you for your uplifting story on Molli Mullen (Prep Extra, Oct. 8). Her wonderful spirit and courage only proves that God does send angels to do his work here on earth. I believe as she does, that she will overcome her cancer and go on to be an inspiration to the afflicted children at Children's Hospital of Orange County who need her presence to fight their illness and then go on to healthy futures. Thank you for featuring this remarkable young woman in your paper. CAMILLE HERZFELD Fullerton
OPINION
December 25, 2004
Re "Encounter Changes 2 Lives," Dec. 19: What an uplifting story about Eric Haymes and Nelson Castillo. Haymes is a special man to learn about Castillo's disfigurement and decide to do something about it. What a wonderful human being. Claire Reilly La Habra In these times when the majority of news is so negative and depressing and when the vast majority of people are so self-centered, people like Haymes give me hope for humanity. We can still find excellence when people care for each other.
NEWS
July 12, 1991
Thank you for Robin Abcarian's "Sanctuary for a Troubled Soul," an uplifting story--beautifully written--about one woman's survival of childhood sexual abuse. Women today have so few positive role models. We generally muddle through, fixing our identities on male versions of power until an inner realization or external tragedy makes us wake up to the beauty inside us under the pain. Pat Donovan's life is a heroic journey that shows us that we can overcome horrific childhoods and that woman's true power lies within her spirituality and celebration of the feminine.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The documentary "The King" is an engaging character study of Darko Kralj, a world champion shot-putter who lost a leg in 1991 while serving in the Croatian War of Independence. Producer-director Dejan Acimovic tells Kralj's inspiring story in a series of loosely organized snapshots that add up to a strong, absorbing whole. Kralj, near death when his left leg had to be amputated above the knee, is shown here, two decades later, enjoying a happy, productive life as a devoted family man and sportsman.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2011
SERIES Kidnap & Rescue: A businessman falls victim to a psychopathic taxi driver in this new episode (10 p.m. Discovery). Saturday Night Live: Former regular Dana Carvey returns to host with musical guest Linkin Park. (11:29 p.m. NBC). SPECIALS Billy Gardell: Halftime: Billy Gardell ("Mike and Molly" ) travels to his hometown of Pittsburgh for a return to his stand-up roots, as he delivers comic rants about childhood relationships, technology overload and parenting, and the stress of dealing with a midlife crisis (9 p.m. Comedy Central)
NEWS
December 29, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Some people give to charity, and others raise money or awareness for charity. Then there are those who tackle enormous feats for various health-related causes: cycling across the country, climbing a lofty peak, swimming a treacherous channel. We wrote about a few of these ambitious people and their triumphs and frustrations in a story titled "Fundraising's long, lonely roads. " One of the people we profiled was Polly Letofsky , who walked around the world to raise awareness for breast cancer.
OPINION
October 15, 2010
Uplifted by 33 miners Re "Chile lifts first miners to freedom," Oct. 13, and "Chile revels in its triumph," Oct. 14 The uplifting story about the rescue of the Chilean miners placed next to the story about the pervasive antics of our gubernatorial candidates could not have provided a better juxtaposition on the good and bad of the human spirit. While the inter- national community celebrates the amazing rescue of the 33 miners, we are forced to focus on the petulant, preening and self-aggrandizing behavior of Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman.
OPINION
December 25, 2004
Re "Encounter Changes 2 Lives," Dec. 19: What an uplifting story about Eric Haymes and Nelson Castillo. Haymes is a special man to learn about Castillo's disfigurement and decide to do something about it. What a wonderful human being. Claire Reilly La Habra In these times when the majority of news is so negative and depressing and when the vast majority of people are so self-centered, people like Haymes give me hope for humanity. We can still find excellence when people care for each other.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2001
"From Virtual Slavery to Being Boss" [Oct. 25] is a wonderful, positive, uplifting story that should have made not just the front page of the Business section but the front page of every major newspaper in America. With every newspaper screaming "anthrax" and talk of immigrants, both legal and illegal, coming to America to destroy our way of life, it is so very refreshing to see two people and their story of realizing the dream of owning a business in this great country of ours. How easy it could have been for them and the Thai community to blame our government for not protecting them from the likes of those who enslaved them.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2011
SERIES Kidnap & Rescue: A businessman falls victim to a psychopathic taxi driver in this new episode (10 p.m. Discovery). Saturday Night Live: Former regular Dana Carvey returns to host with musical guest Linkin Park. (11:29 p.m. NBC). SPECIALS Billy Gardell: Halftime: Billy Gardell ("Mike and Molly" ) travels to his hometown of Pittsburgh for a return to his stand-up roots, as he delivers comic rants about childhood relationships, technology overload and parenting, and the stress of dealing with a midlife crisis (9 p.m. Comedy Central)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
A good book is like good medicine. This is the message that comes to us from assorted British health professionals, and reiterated last week by the U.K.'s leading librarians. Why take a pill when you can pop open a metaphor? Why sit in line at your doctor's office when you can be soothed by an uplifting story instead? In the wake of a study showing that “self-help reading can help people with common mental health conditions,” the Society of Chief Librarians and the nonprofit Reading Agency came up with a list of 27 books to make you feel better.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2000 | TOM TUGEND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the year leading up to World War II, Jews desperate to leave Nazi-dominated Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia found the world's doors of refuge closed--except for one small chink. Great Britain, in a singular gesture, agreed in late 1938 to accept some 10,000 refugee children between the ages of 2 and 17. The deal was a harsh one: No one 18 or older, including the children's parents, would be admitted.
NEWS
January 21, 2000
Just a note of appreciation for the fine article about the Arden family ("A Friend in Need," Jan. 12) and the wonderful outreach by their neighbors and friends. I read Southern California Living every day, and it was so inspiring to have my basic belief that we are good people at heart confirmed. --SALLY RAE SARLOT Via e-mail The article is an example of how we can use the media for strengthening our community. It will say much about our priorities and our society in general the day when articles like this appear in the front pages.
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