Community Profiles

Pulling from life experiences

26TH STREET — They sat side by side for three hours every morning, meeting in the same kitchen nook where the two writers from different genres would search their brains and combine their creative powers, tackling a project that neither had ever successfully ventured before. In the end those at times challenging five-days-a-week... Read more →

Food

Family treats

When people meet me, they often assume, because of my red hair, that I’m Irish. I usually let them know that I am not Irish, but Scottish. “What’s the difference?” they always say. Well, to my Scottish grandfather, Archie MacMillan, there’s a difference because he emigrated from Scotland, not Ireland, in 1921. My... Read more →

Health

Can yoga make you taller?

I recently had a physical and had all the usual things checked — cholesterol, weight, blood pressure and height. My weight has been pretty consistent, give or take a few pounds. I think I stopped growing by my senior year of high school and plateau at 5 feet 2 inches. I was shocked when I was told I was 5 feet, 2 inches and a half. I... Read more →

Food

A whole lot of sampling going on

I just had lunch at the new Whole Foods store on Lincoln Boulevard near Rose. There were a lot of people there, but with over one acre of gourmet and top quality produce, it didn’t seem very crowded. First I went to the soup station and asked for a sampler cup, which I was given with a smile. First I sampled the lobster chowder. The... Read more →

Book Review

‘Sabbath’

There are seven days in a week. One of these days, according to the holy Bible account, is meant for rest. Most of us don’t really know what rest is. We may have some idea of ceasing from work we do the other five to six days, but we don’t really know rest. Dan. B. Allender presents to the reader a paradigm to consider. The book... Read more →

Food

Nothing like the real thing

Now that we can’t afford to go anywhere exotic until the economy comes back, we’re looking for foreign experiences here in Santa Monica. Lunch or dinner at The Port Royal Café is a bit like a trip to Jamaica. WHERE: 1412 Broadway, Santa Monica, (310) 458-4147. WHEN: Lunch and dinner every day except Sunday. BEST DISHES:... Read more →

Entertainment

It’s a family affair

When it comes to toxic families, John Patrick Shanley’s makes Eugene O’Neill’s look like the Brady Bunch. In his virulent family drama, “Beggars in the House of Plenty,” currently being reprised at Theatre/Theater in Los Angeles, playwright Shanley portrays his father as viciously cruel, unrelentingly angry, and... Read more →

Community Profiles

Santa Monican to lead young Democrats

DOWNTOWN — It’s a good time to be the head of a group of young Democrats, leading the pack of political activists when there is a Democratic president and the national party has numbers in the legislature. But that’s the life that Katherine Hennigan has lived since the 26-year-old Santa Monica resident was named the... Read more →

DVD Releases

Blu-ray special edition

‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Michael Arndt won an Academy Award for his script about a family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant so they take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. Greg Kinnear leads the clan and Alan Arkin took home a Best Supporting Oscar as the spirited grandfather. A... Read more →

Book Review

‘The Senior’

Is it ever too late to chase your dreams? What if you are established in a career with a wife of 35 years, have three children? You have a beautiful home in Tennessee. You are 59 years of age. You have made it. You are established as an elite strength and conditioning coach at the college level. Also to your credit is the invention of a piece... Read more →