| 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...
| 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 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...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 3:57 PM
Every Saturday morning for most of my life, it has been the sweet, lingering smell of fresh-baked bread, rather than an alarm clock, that has lulled me out of a drowsy haze and brought me gently back to reality.
In a ritual initiated by my dad, the...
| Jan 7, 2012
Nearly 20 years after he was imprisoned, Juan Rivera walked out of Stateville Correctional Center and into a throng of jubilant family members Friday evening after he was exonerated in the murder of a Waukegan baby sitter.
His release came less than...
| Dec 4, 2011
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| Nov 29, 2011
| 1:59 PM
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — The Greeks started filing into church about 8 a.m., but I'm neither Greek nor churchgoing, so I spent the morning walking.
I started where everyone would be in a few hours: the bayou just off the downtown, where more than...
| Feb 16, 2012
At first sight, it comes 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 flavored simply with a touch of cinnamon sugar, or maybe it's...