December 7, 2012 |
Steven Wynbrandt sticks his hand deep beneath the layers of straw that blanket his enormous compost heap and pulls out a fistful of black gold, sweet and earthy. “Look at this soil,” Wynbrandt says with excitement as his fingers open, revealing his secret recipe for compost: decomposed dairy cow manure, alfalfa, yarrow, camomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion and valerian flowers. “I'm an alchemist.” PHOTOS: The Wynbrandt backyard As further proof that compost is to gardening these days what grass-fed beef and gluten-free gourmet foods are to the world of food, the Wynbrandt compost heap photographed by the Los Angeles Times would later sell through word of mouth for $1 a pound.
March 10, 1999 |
By titling her new mystery "The Revenge of Kali-Ra" (Mysterious Press, $22, 229 pages) and dedicating it "affectionately and respectfully" to the memory of Sax Rohmer and H. Rider Haggard (among others), the witty novelist K.K. Beck sets us up for a playful spoof of those writers of the purple page. She delivers that in spades, along with a gleeful evisceration of today's Hollywood, where youth must be served . . . and served . . .
July 4, 1986 |
The 39th round of the 13-year-old East-West talks on conventional force reductions in Central Europe ended here Thursday, with senior NATO ambassadors saying they are convinced that the Soviet Union no longer wants to negotiate any agreement and instead is maneuvering to have the talks killed off entirely.
January 30, 1987 |
A 15th and probably final year of the East-West negotiations on mutual and balanced force reductions in Central Europe opened Thursday with both sides marking time and calling on the other to take a first step. But the delegations from seven Warsaw Pact countries and 12 countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will probably not have to go on making the same speeches for much longer.
January 31, 1986 |
Delegates from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization powers and the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact on Thursday began their 14th year of negotiations on military force reductions in Central Europe, and for the first time in this long stalemate, both sides are now talking cautiously about possible agreement.
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April 16, 1993 |
Environmentally friendly agriculture--in particular, a ritualized version of organic farming invented 70 years ago by an Austrian homeopath--could mitigate the damage of chemical-dependent conventional agriculture without cutting into farm profitability, a study has found.
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March 13, 1999 |
Time was, health-food stores drew alternative types interested in purchasing boxes of tigers' milk cookies or bottles of strange elixirs from the mysterious East. But no more. "It used to be a select group who shopped in health-food stores," said Russell Brisbois, assistant manager at Lassen's Health Foods in Thousand Oaks.
February 23, 1998 |
Question: My husband, a 77-year-old medical doctor who still works, suffered from severe flatulence for almost two years. Believe me, it's no joke. He switched to soy milk and tried Beano to no avail. Doctors and pharmacists didn't help. Then a wise Hungarian masseuse suggested flax seed powder: one tablespoon with juice twice a day, and two capsules of fennel seed, taken two or three times a day. Both are available at health food stores. Within a few days the gas was gone.
September 15, 1997 |
We have earthquake preparedness kits, smoke alarms and escape ladders. But what should we have in the house when a catastrophe doesn't strike? What medical items should always be handy to treat everything from hand cuts to upset stomach? We went to the experts and they developed two lists of medical products that every home must have or ought to have: The top 10 medical must-haves * Two kinds of pain relievers: acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) and either aspirin or ibuprofen.
October 16, 2000 |
Question: My husband is having a terrible time with his medicine. He must take Coumadin because of a heart rhythm thing, but his doctor keeps readjusting the dose. His bleeding time never seems right. He also takes Lanoxin, Plendil and Zocor. He eats grapefruit with bran cereal or oatmeal at breakfast. I fix veggies for lunch and dinner. Is grapefruit a problem with his pills? The doctor said that he should avoid salads and broccoli and that he shouldn't take aspirin but that Tylenol is OK.