For the most part, we parents love summer — no homework, no making lunches, no schedules timed in 15-minute intervals. But on the other hand, summer vacation produces phrases that totally trigger our nerves.
Walteria Lake was a nameless basin of lower-level land where rainwater naturally collected back when A. Richard Walters built a hotel bearing his name in the area in the late 1800s. Walteria was little more than a stagecoach stop between Redondo Beach and Wilmington at the time.
With summer upon us, and with a little distance from the daily routine of school activities, I want to explore the key to successful learning.
Q: I took up walking 30 minutes per day on horse trails to improve my blood pressure. I was doing fine until I took a long vacation and walked an hour or two a day on concrete roads. I’ve been having pain during my daily walk ever since. Now my foot’s a bit swollen, and I have the pain even …
If this rule doesn't exist, it should: When you pass a certain age, you are allowed to express all your dissatisfaction with the world as you find it.
Last year has been called the most destructive wildfire season in the history of California, where dry, hot, windy conditions have produced fires of varying severity. Locally, the story is no different.
Q: A lot of my friends are becoming vegetarians because they object to animal cruelty, have concerns about the negative effects of livestock on the environment, or for the health benefits. What are the health risks and benefits of adopting a vegetarian diet?
Instead of flying, travel between Europe's major city centers—from London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam—via train. It takes you under the English Channel, the so-called Chunnel, in comfort and ease.
Out of nearly 250 flight attendants who flew around the same time as me in the 1980s for Flying Tiger Lines, approximately 170 keep track of each other on a private website. We maintain decades-old friendships sharing old photos, and reminisce about being young, healthy and carefree at a tim…
I first heard about a little book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” about five years ago when a friend told me about her new strategy for organizing and cleaning out her house.
It’s safe to say not too many people from the Palos Verdes Peninsula get to attend the White House Employee Christmas Party in Washington D.C., nor do they get to experience viewing the most decorated home in America.
Every year an insurance company with whom I have business would send me an ugly calendar. Each of those years, my daughter-in-law gave me a pretty one ... maybe hummingbirds or flowers.
Since I’ve never, ever kept a New Year’s resolution, I decided to ask some of my best friends and family to make a few for me.
I’ve never understood why so many women subject themselves to scalpels and skin peels, toxic injections and sutures, all in the vain attempt to look younger.
Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., the man who designed Old Torrance and parts of Palos Verdes Estates, also published a landmark treatise on California urban planning, “A Major Traffic Street Plan for Los Angeles,” in May 1924.
As associate pastor at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, sometimes I am a preacher of sermons and often I am a listener to sermons.
This is a feel good story, but it starts with a canceled lunch. My college friend was going to have driver bring her down here from Larchmont. The driver canceled and I didn’t have the gumption to drive up the dreaded 405 to Los Angeles.
As I sit behind my computer with Ed Sheeran’s tunes playing softly in the background, my husband is en route to the L.A. Forum with a car full of 13-year-old girls singing, screaming and doing whatever else BFFs do when they can barely contain their excitement for the long-awaited KIIS FM Ji…
Over the past 13 years, I've been part of several parenting trends. Helicopter mom? Check. Overindulgent birthday party-thrower? Guilty. And yes, since we’re being honest here, I’ve probably let my daughter sleep in my bed more times than I should have.
Q: I went to my doctor for arthritis in my knees, and to refill my blood pressure pills. I was upset when she told me I have morbid obesity. I only weigh 195 lbs. How is this possible?
One recent afternoon, when I was out on my daily stroll in Rancho Palos Verdes, I spotted a small, disheveled man walking toward me. He looked tired and lost, and I asked if he needed help. He mumbled something in Spanish, and I had to resort to my very limited knowledge of that language.
What was supposed to be a relaxing motorhome drive to Texas and Kentucky turned into an animated sightseeing marathon. In 14 days, my husband Jim and I visited about 18 locations, including the life-sized Noah's Ark and a "Make America Great Again" rally.
More than 20 years ago, while living in Torrance, I stumbled upon the McBride Trail and fell in love with the Peninsula’s open space. Soon afterward, my then 3-year-old daughter and I began participating in the free monthly nature walks. My daughter would always stand closest to the walk lea…