September 5, 2013 |
Sleep deprivation makes people look unattractive and sad, according to a small study in the academic journal Sleep. That should seem obvious to anyone who's ever looked at themselves in the mirror after skimping on sleep, but the analysis is interesting. “Since faces contain a lot of information on which humans base their interactions with each other, how fatigued a person appears may affect how others behave toward them,” says doctoral candidate Tina Sundelin. “This is relevant not only for private social interactions, but also official ones such as with health care professionals, and in public safety.” (Learn more about the sleep deprivation study from the Atlantic's health editor James Hamblin.)
November 3, 2012 |
Winter seasonal beers are traditionally a bit sweet, often with a spice note, for comfort in cold weather. Winter Solstice follows this pattern, but it seems specifically designed for one particular season: Turkey Day and the subsequent Turkey Leftover Days. It pours medium amber with a moderate tan head. The nose is malty and very slightly yeasty, with a hint of nutmeg and perhaps allspice. On the palate, it's rich and round and somewhat plush, with hops firmly marching in to dry up the sweetness during the long finish.
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December 22, 2011 |
Reporting from San Juan Bautista, Calif. -- On the darkest day of the year, a hushed crowd in a dim church awaited a few minutes of sheer brilliance. It was just after dawn Wednesday, the day of the winter solstice. Outside the 200-year-old mission at the heart of tiny San Juan Bautista, Native American drummers sang, urging the sun to rise. Inside, dozens of parishioners rubbed the sleep from their eyes. A woman stood up and sang in cadences haunting and solemn — phrases in no known tongue, she said, but "the language of the heart.
December 21, 2008 |
Iranians recited poetry, shared stories and ate fruits and nuts Saturday during all-night celebrations of the longest night of the year, a tradition going back thousands of years to when Zoroastrianism was the predominant religion of ancient Persia. For many Iranians, the celebration, known as Yalda, offers a link with ancient traditions as well as a chance to gather with family.
December 23, 2006 |
MOST CLICHES, particularly those related to Los Angeles, are rooted in some semblance of reality. But the notion that the L.A. region is a vast strip mall whose only outdoor attractions involve surfing and driving around in convertibles has always irked me. Last month in Ojai, which is close enough to the city that you'd think people would know better, a woman who knew I was from L.A. saw my dog sniffing some tree roots and said, "I bet he doesn't get to do that very often."
May 15, 2006
Re " 'Da Vinci Code' Now a Tool to Win Christian Converts," May 11 I don't know why some churches are worried that people would think Christianity is a sham just because of "The Da Vinci Code." I mean, we have our Christmas tree (a Druidic symbol worshiped during the winter solstice) and eggs at Easter (Oester, a pagan goddess worshiped during the spring equinox festival, when village children would hunt for colorful eggs). You wanted proof that Christianity is more than a religion cobbled together from various others by powerful men in Rome who needed to control the masses?