| Mar 2, 2014
| 8:50 AM
Mardi Gras is Tuesday -- do you have your king cake?
At first sight, it may come across as, well, a little unusual. A large wreath-shaped cake bedazzled in vibrant shades of purple, green and gold — there's nothing subtle about it. It might be...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 1:52 PM
Here's a good topic for your Christmas gathering with family and friends:
What is the most annoying Christmas song ever?
I'll vote for either the mawkish "Christmas Shoes" or the aggravatingly jaunty "Feliz Navidad." Others might choose "Santa Baby,"...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Thoughts of childhood Christmases flooded Wendy Winebrenner's mind this month when she opened her mailbox to find an envelope stuffed with gift certificates.
Growing up in the O'Donnell Heights project in Baltimore, Winebrenner and her family depended...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 3:10 PM
The holidays may be over for most people, but workers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge are planning one last musical hurrah.
The JPL Chorus will perform holiday songs at their second free winter concert at 8 p.m. on...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 6:55 PM
Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center hosted a water blessing ceremony to celebrate Christmas days before the Jan. 6 date that marks the Epiphany, or the baptism of Jesus.
Archbishop Moushegh Mardirosian, who was accompanied by fellow religious...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 10:17 AM
At least a dozen young people will race to retrieve a cross thrown into the waters of Mother’s Beach in Long Beach on Sunday in the annual Greek Orthodox celebration commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ.
The Epiphany celebration for the...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 1:56 PM
The second bout of snow and freezing temperatures gave Baltimore city schools a five-day weekend (including the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday) but many said their buildings were not prepared to welcome them back.
Several emails were sent to Interim...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 2:59 PM
Leta Dunham got her breakfast order to go at a Roland Avenue Starbucks Wednesday morning: a grande triple skim latte in her cup and, on her forehead, an ashen reminder that we are all destined to become dust.
Dunham was among Ash Wednesday observers who...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 1:04 PM
In the church we have liturgical seasons.
We begin our year with the season of Advent. We celebrate Christmas and Epiphany, move into a bit of Ordinary Time, and then it's on to Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. We celebrate Easter and its season....
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:30 AM
As a service to readers, I have posted annually since 2006 a compendium of dreary but apparently irresistible holiday cliches that any writer with a modicum of self-respect should shun. As Tom Lehrer sings in his Christmas carol, "Brother, here we go...
| Jan 8, 2013
Johnny Hamatie, the 38-year-old son of Father John Hamatie, came up with the gold cross tossed into the waters of Lake Eola as part of Saint George Orthodox Church's Feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ. The cross is...