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  • Fewer branches don't add up to a safer tree

    Fewer branches don't add up to a safer tree
    I want to prune branches out of a tree so the wind will blow through it and it won't fall on my house. Is that possible? The answer is actually counterintuitive. One would think fewer branches would offer less wind resistance, but time lapse photography...
  • Make sure pesticides don't harm helpful pollinators

    Make sure pesticides don't harm helpful pollinators
    How can I save pollinators like honeybees and still use pesticides when I need them? Some pesticides, such as horticultural oil or soap, are effective and have low impact on beneficial insects. Call the Home and Garden Information Center for tips on...
  • Nurture or Nazi — the perils of extreme parenting techniques

    I'm nothing if not a futurist, so as we explore here the nuances of postmodern parenting, we look ahead to what kind of parents our own offspring will one day be: well-meaning pushovers or total tyrants? "I'm going to be such a Nazi," the daughter of...
  • A dreamy dude on a dude ranch

    Ever fantasize about going to a dude ranch? Me neither. But my sister recently started riding and asked me to keep her company. Since the heyday of the Reagans on their Santa Barbara ranch, I haven't thought much about horsey people in our area. My...
  • A quick study in heartfelt international relations

    She had me at privyet. I had just delivered a talk in Romania on Jewish-Mormon relations (a niche topic, to be sure) at a church in Bucharest, and standing before me was Florina, a raven-haired beauty who greeted me in Russian after learning we had both...
  • Fifth-grader craves that rare treat: idle time

    Fifth-grader craves that rare treat: idle time
    "When we leaving?" the kid asks. "In 20 minutes," I say. "Do I have time not to get ready?" That's the conversation I had with the fifth-grader the other afternoon, the implication being that he's constantly getting ready for the next activity and...
  • Story of Fritz Haeg's Wildflowering L.A. blooms in Pasadena

     Story of Fritz Haeg's Wildflowering L.A. blooms in Pasadena
    What would Los Angeles look like if it were a landscape of ever-changing native plants instead of one composed of evergreen lawns and shrubs? L.A. artist Fritz Haeg set out to help people visualize Southern California this way. "In Los Angeles, we'...
  • Venice architects bridge generations with two-home design

    Venice architects bridge generations with two-home design
    Love of place more than space rooted Julie Smith-Clementi and Frank Clementi to their 600-square-foot, 1920s cottage and its sociable walk street in Venice. The architect couple settled here in 1994 and two years later added a second floor, preserving...
  • Dee Williams downsizes to a tiny house, opens a bigger world

    Dee Williams downsizes to a tiny house, opens a bigger world
    Ten years ago, a heart attack prompted Dee Williams to reexamine her hectic lifestyle. "My heart made me look at everything differently," she said recently. Sitting in a doctor's office, she spotted an article on Jay Shafer's tiny house on wheels. "What...
  • Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale set at 3Lab Studios

    Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale set at 3Lab Studios
    More than 40 dealers from around the world, including Los Angeles-based Danish Modern Noho, Loft Thirteen and Reform Gallery, will convene at 3Lab Studios on April 26 and 27 for the Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale. As with year's past, the 27th annual...
  • Professional organizers declutter homes and lives

    Certified professional organizer Jodie Watson says that when she is hired to help bring order to a cluttered home, she can make one small change that will dramatically alter a family's daily life. She helps the family clear off the dining room table....