Column: The Public Eye: All I Want for Christmas is ... the Truth

By Bob Burnett
Friday December 29, 2006

This is the time of year when many of us take time out to count our blessings and, perhaps, say a few prayers for peace on earth. Of course, I want peace on earth, too. But what I want first is the truth. -more-

XMAS at the Mall

By Pete Walker
Friday December 29, 2006

The Muzak carols waft over the manic shoppers; -more-

Plight of the Lilacs

By Sandra J. Whittaker
Friday December 29, 2006

Lilacs bend and stoop -more-

My Special Balabusta

By Irene Sardanis
Friday December 29, 2006

I was in a period of dark despair. My marriage of six years was over. Despite my high tolerance for emotional abuse, my husband crossed the line when he pushed me against the wall for disagreeing with him. The following day I packed a few essentials and moved into a small furnished apartment in West Los Angeles. -more-

Epiphany, or The Japanese Twinge

By Paul Dalmas
Friday December 29, 2006

(With Apologies to John Galsworthy) -more-


By Miles Levinkind
Friday December 29, 2006

As in a nightmare he woke to a wasteland—he was alone—for all he knew he was the last human being left on Earth—and when he died the sound of the human voice would never be heard in the Cosmos again—and for his remaining days he had to live with the horror of that thought foremost in his mind—but he had already lived through the death of birth of our species, and so he was resigned to his and our species fate—what could the meaning of his life be now that he was the sole survivor of our species? -more-

Inspired by my sister

By Brenda Revsen
Friday December 29, 2006

Inspired by my sister -more-

A 14-Year-Old Boy Named Ahmed

By Tracie De Angelis Salim
Friday December 29, 2006

Now, when the world’s attention is pinned on Iraq, the Iraq Study Groups’ findings, Syria, Iran and the possibilities for a new outcome in the region, my mind wanders to Ahmed and Palestine. -more-

Southwest winter

By Ralph Walbridge
Friday December 29, 2006

Southwest winter -more-

Remembering My Little Old Lady Friends

By Charles Smith
Friday December 29, 2006

During my lifetime I’ve had several Little Old Lady Friends who might be of interest to the readers of my memoirs. -more-

Garden Variety: Short List: Three New Year’s Garden Resolutions

By Ron Sullivan
Friday December 29, 2006

Yes, there are New Year’s resolutions for gardeners. We’re prone to every other bad habit known to humanity; why not resolutions we know perfectly well we’re not going to keep for more than a month or two? -more-

About the House: The Stinky House Syndrome

By Matt Cantor
Friday December 29, 2006

Mr. & Mrs. American home owner, are you suffering from Stinky House Syndrome? Does your house smell bad? Do strangers flee your dwelling soon after entering? Do relatives plan family gatherings at the homes of less scintillating family members? Are you engaging in microbial experiments without possession of the pertinent advanced degree? If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be a candidate for dehumidifier ownership. -more-

Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday December 29, 2006

Don’t Blame Uncle Hayward -more-