Community Profiles

Examining another world through the lens

VIRGINIA — Jona Frank was walking across a campus parking lot, en route to cover another assignment, when a startling sight forced a sudden stop. Parked before her was a late model Geo Metro, covered in bumper stickers supportive of conservative causes, including a centrally placed, “Bush Cheney ‘04.” But it was... Read more →

Entertainment

A search for peace

An innocent 16-year old girl seduces the boy she has loved all her life on the night before he is to leave for the war. In the case of Jim Leonard’s disturbing new play “Battle Hymn,” the war happens to be the Civil War and the girl is named Martha. Pregnant and disowned by her clergyman father, Martha then pursues her lover... Read more →

Food

Nutritious dips for the big game

Super Bowl snacking is typically thought of as a carnivorous feeding frenzy, but these vegan-inspired treats will turn even the most bloodthirsty fans into PETA petitioners. For those who think that meat eating is an essential contact sport, understand that you can meet your nutrient needs on a vegetarian diet. However, a vegan voyage might... Read more →

Health

Feelings of guilt tear at one’s soul

The call came at 1 a.m. — the call that never should have come, the call that Bruce would have moved heaven and earth to prevent. The call ended everything when an apologetic voice dealt the fatal blow — his wife had suffered a heart attack at work and died. Bruce went through the motions as the autopsy, funeral and aftermath took... Read more →

Life

Dating and drama

Trying to find love with an old college acquaintance doesn’t always work. Sometimes, it can be downright heinous. I met Miller at ASU. He was on the periphery of my core group of friends; one of the few guys I’d never slept with, so when we reconnected via Internet, there was intrigue. Miller was always crazy about me. I... Read more →

Food

Making dinner exciting

In my house we are cooking every day lately and enjoying it immensely. The hard part is coming up with new ideas of what to have for dinner. I get that comment all the time in my cooking classes, which is why so many people take classes — to learn new stuff! I have been perusing through old cookbooks and that gets me motivated to branch... Read more →

Food

Making 2009 the year of the family kitchen

For many kids, New Year’s Eve means chowing down on pizza and soda while watching movies with the babysitter. But my childhood tradition on Dec. 31 was very different. For me, New Year’s Eve meant driving two hours into New York City to shop at the specialty market, Zabars. It meant donning my fanciest dress-up clothes, costume... Read more →

Community Profiles

Creating hope for cancer victims

More than 1.4 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and three in four families will care for a family member with the disease. It will be difficult, daunting and debilitating — but thanks to Westside resident, Dick Lippin, Chairman and CEO of the Lippin Group, help is now just a phone call away. Over the... Read more →

Food

So-so south of the border

Whenever I find a restaurant that’s been around longer than I, I know it must be special. Check out the venerable Lula Cucina Mexicana on Main Street. With attractive interior décor, including one section that overlooks Main Street, plus an outside patio, this Mexican restaurant has withstood the test of time. WHERE: 2700 Main... Read more →

Book Review

‘Compelling Conversations’

America is a great land of opportunity. I am sure we all want to get ahead in this country. We want to find the type of employment that is suited for us. We wish to advance in the work world. We wish to make friends. The best way to get ahead in the world is to speak the mother tongue of the country you are living in. In this case, we are... Read more →