| Jun 12, 2013
| 9:16 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Google.com is the most visited online front door in the United States. According to Alexa, a longtime Internet statistics firm, it is also the second most visited home page in the world behind Facebook.com; roughly 40 percent of...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 1:23 PM
When we log onto the Internet, one of the first things many of us see is the Google search page – and one of the first things we notice there are the search engine’s artistic “Doodles.” It’s a simple idea, painstakingly...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 7:55 PM
James Gandolfini's untimely death at the age of 51 was as shocking as the abrupt cut-to-black conclusion of his most famous series, "The Sopranos."
Although most people became familiar with the imposing-looking Italian American actor after seeing him...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 3:50 PM
"Far out isn't far enough" is the way the once-banned children's book illustrator/writer Tomi Ungerer describes his belief that creativity should have no limits, should face no boundaries.
That line in the sand gives the brash new documentary on the...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 6:39 PM
The first touring exhibition of Maurice Sendak's illustrations since his death at 83 last May is making its debut at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. It's called "Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons," but a more apt title might have been...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 3:28 PM
What fabulous, cool weather we have had during the first part of this month. Whoever thought that those two words would ever describe August weather in our area, for crying out loud? I hope my words don't jinx the situation.
I have to keep pushing the...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Come on, enough already! This humid weather makes me feel like I’m in the middle of a Mississippi summer — and that isn’t my cup of tea, even if you put sugar in it.
I’m already autumn dreaming and yearning for cool, crisp...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 12:40 PM
In a collaborative comic strip created with Art Spiegelman for The New Yorker, Connecticut's own Maurice Sendak once remarked, "Childhood is deep and rich. It's vital, mysterious, and profound. I remember my own childhood vividly…I knew terrible...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 10:46 PM
The more than 70 children's books by Charlotte Zolotow are not, in many cases, escapist, fantasy fare.
"My Grandson Lew" is about a boy struggling with the death of his grandfather; "The Old Dog" concerns the loss of a beloved pet; "The Hating Book"...
| Nov 24, 2013
Barbara Park's "Junie B. Jones" books, more than any haphazardly kept journal or carefully curated photo album, capture how dramatically my parenting has changed in the past eight years.
And how dramatically parenting has changed me.
Park's death at...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Joaquin Phoenix refused to hug it out.
On an overcast November afternoon, in a $13-million Hollywood home with a skyline view stretching from downtown L.A. to the Palos Verdes peninsula, the notoriously press-averse actor was throwing a fit of pique...