| Jul 17, 2011
Scribner: 259 pp., $25
Fairy tales are the Euclidian geometry of fiction. Reading them — and having them read to us — are the moments when we first divide reality. We teach our imagination to leap, hit the...
| Feb 11, 2012
TRAER, Iowa — It all began with a trip to the Brookfield Zoo. As she was getting ready to leave, Ruth Rasmussen eyed a salt and pepper shaker set, shaped like coffeepots, but with a bear and the zoo's name embossed on the front.
"I just picked it...
| Nov 4, 2012
BOSTON — Major, sudden and tragic events create indelible images, mental snapshots that enable people, decades later, to recall where they were when they heard the news: the Sept. 11 attacks; the deaths of John Lennon and Diana, Princess of Wales;...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 1:01 PM
If you're looking for the macabre side of Europe, skip the hokey rip-off "torture museums" and visit a cemetery — they're authentic, artsy and oozing with history. In honor of Halloween, here is a list of some of my favorites.
| Jul 18, 2012
| 2:03 PM
With all the excitement of the Olympics happening in London, I can’t help but want in on some of the British festivities. Thanks to Creed, the scent of royalty is just a spray away. Master perfumer Olivier Creed has released Acqua Fiorentina, The...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 10:26 AM
London is hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics from July 27 to Aug. 12. While the Games are sure to be a spectacular event, there are plenty of other options for those travelers who couldn't get tickets, blew that 100-yard dash or just happen to be in...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 5:37 AM
Downtown Disney could be on a roll again. Splitsville Luxury Lanes brings a spark of activity that's both retro and modern to the West End of the shopping and entertainment complex. The bowling alley/eatery stays lively through the day and into the...
| Apr 14, 2011
| 7:34 PM
COSTA MESA — On the eve of the wedding between Kate Middleton and Prince William, Carrie von Hemert-Eyre will pull off her own event of royal proportions.
Von Hemert Interiors, a 25,000-square-foot Costa Mesa interior design store will host a...
| Apr 19, 2011
| 12:10 PM
In a world wracked by rebel uprisings, political downfalls, spiraling prices and sinking confidence, the pomp and pageantry of a British royal wedding may seem not only anachronistic but downright frivolous.
Don't tell that to American network and...
| Apr 19, 2011
| 12:11 PM
The massive audience that tuned into the 1981 nuptials of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer may have watched the events of that day through a haze of rosy optimism, but the events that followed -- a marriage that soured and ended in divorce, Diana's...