‘Best Wishes’ for a peaceful eternity

If “lace curtain Irish” were not considered a pejorative term by some, it could be used as a thumbnail description of the family in Bill Barker’s play “Best Wishes,” which is currently enjoying a splendid revival at the Crown City Theatre in North Hollywood. Joanne McGee and Matthew J. Williamson’s... Read more →


A whole lot of giving going on

DOWNTOWN — When you buy organic foods Wednesday to maintain your health, you will also be helping a local radio station live a long and fruitful life. That’s because Whole Foods Markets in Santa Monica and other nearby locations are donating 5 percent of their net sales Wednesday to public radio station 89.9 FM —... Read more →


Sometimes, great notions are worth a second visit

Beantown. The Hub. Bahhston. Ground zero for the American experiment, this precocious trade port of a city has always been ready for a fight, be it the grossly outnumbering British or the just plain gross New York Yankee fans invading its well-worn turf. But despite its modest size (just over 600,000 residents) and scale (89 square miles,... Read more →

Book Review

‘The Perils of Cyber-Dating’

More people are doing it now — going online to find mates. It can be a dangerous area to surf in. You don’t know what you are getting nor how truthful those profiles are. “This book is not intended to scare or discourage anyone from online dating. It is a real-life guide to embrace and navigate the World Wide Web with fun... Read more →


Just the flax, ma’am

When humans were hunter-gatherers, death from chronic disease was unheard of partly because their diets were equally rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Today Americans consume a diet that on average contains 17 grams of omega-6 for every one gram of omega-3 fatty acids. In Japan, residents consume a diet that that is four to one omega-6... Read more →

DVD Releases

New DVD releases

‘The Wrestler’ Mickey Rourke was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award in the title role as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a faded professional wrestler who must retire for health reasons, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. Marisa Tomei is riveting as Rourke’s co-star... Read more →


Tastes like a winner

I recently enjoyed a meal at a new restaurant in the Palisades called Taste. Located on Palisades Drive in a small shopping center, it seemed to be doing well as it was quite crowded when we arrived at 6:30 p.m.. We had very good service and proceeded to order a lovely bottle of wine and two appetizers. The appetizers were both very good; a... Read more →


Divorce, Garry Marshall style

Apparently Garry Marshall and Neil Simon were twins separated at birth. Each plumbs the vicissitudes of relationships with a like-minded comic sensibility and an exaggerated appreciation of the absurd. They are two of the best comedic dramatists writing today. Which Garry Marshall proves once again with the West Coast Premiere of... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Debating the benefits of sharing our kids

I have been wondering recently if it is it OK for me to write about my son here. I tell funny stories about him, my challenges with motherhood and, what got me thinking about this, our struggles with his developmental delay. He is only 2 years old. Obviously, he cannot read. But it will be there when he can. How will he feel about people... Read more →

Community Profiles

Riding for a good cause

DOWNTOWN — A 10-ounce bottle containing a cloudy mixture of plankton, water and colorful bits of plastic sits on Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins’ living room table, reminding the soon-to-be married couple why they will spend the next two months biking across the country. Laying next to the jar is a short line of rope tying... Read more →


No blues at this BBQ

I judge the quality of life in a city by the quality of its barbecue and the number of chocolate stores within or close to the city limits. I haven’t checked all the candy stores yet, but I’ve had some mighty good BBQ, and so far my favorite is Baby Blues. WHERE: 444 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 90291: (310) 396-7675. WHEN: I like a... Read more →


Fuel for the day

While most articles define superfoods as those foods with the highest antioxidant activity, I choose my favorite superfoods based on antioxidants and the ability to perform multiple tasks in the diet and in the body. Pomegranates, acai and gojis are great, but they have limited uses when compared to this list of superfoods: flax seeds,... Read more →

DVD Releases

New on DVD

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Winner of eight Oscars including Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, Dev Patel stars as a Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums and becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” He is then arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being... Read more →

Book Review

‘Whirlwind’ By Cathy Marie Hake Bethany House

We are interested in immigrants. Now we find our immigrants coming by plane or other means, but, we must remember that it wasn’t too long ago when our immigrants came by boat and were filtered through Ellis Island. It wasn’t easy in 1892 to be employed as a nanny. Your charges have been sent away to boarding school and your... Read more →