| Sep 22, 2011
| 2:46 PM
My original intent in last week’s column was to try to capture the Zen of “The Garden Before the Gardens,” a festival this weekend sponsored by Descanso Gardens. I became enthralled in the history of the Tongva, the earliest...
| Sep 29, 2011
Much like the metal that comes from deep within Chile's mines, the national spice also has a copper hue. Within the last few years, merkén, made from ground smoked chiles, has moved from being solely a local curiosity to a tabletop mainstay in Chile and...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 6:52 PM
| Oct 23, 2012
Russell Means, who gained international notoriety as one of the leaders of the 71-day armed occupation of Wounded Knee in South Dakota in 1973 and continued to be an outspoken champion of American Indian rights after launching a career as an actor in...
| Sep 14, 2011
| 1:42 PM
I enjoy the serenity of Descanso Gardens. I go there often and sit on the ground, usually in the oak forest. It puts me closer to the earth. I like to feel the decayed leaves and smell the ancient earth, whose remnants of humus and mold are products of...
| May 24, 2011
| 10:46 AM
Perhaps you are right that peace negotiations based on Israel's pre-1967 boundaries, though perhaps arbitrary, are basically "what has to happen" to end the Israel-Palestine conflict ("Obama and the Arab Spring," May 19).
But you should firmly tell our...
| Jun 19, 2011
Mexico and the Mexicans
Jorge G. Castañeda
Alfred A. Knopf: 294 pp., $27.95
Mexicans, like their Spanish forebears, love to quote proverbs as a way of underscoring eternal truths and imparting folk wisdom to younger generations....
| Jul 8, 2011
| 10:16 AM
Prize-winning author Ann Patchett ("Bel Canto," "Truth and Beauty," "The Magician's Assistant") once confessed that the single most important artistic influence on her work is "The Poseidon Adventure," the 1933 Paul Gallico potboiler that was made into...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 1:27 PM
In response to the letter, “No Native Americans, no need to bother,” really, Lee Brandt, why bother with “their” problems?
Have you ever been to a Southern California pow-wow? If you have, you would know that there are many...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 6:01 PM
Waves of refugees arrive daily to Kenya, some having walked weeks through unforgiving desert with virtually no possessions, and yet local relief workers report optimism among the millions threatened by the historic famine and drought spreading through the...
| Feb 21, 2013
Serendipity is what gives us "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga," an intimate portrait of the vanishing breed of hunters and fishers still making a life in the isolated heart of Siberia, where a mild winter day is minus 30 and the only way in or out is by...