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  • Deferred dream comes true for actress Nan Tepper

    By Tom Tugend

    August 7, 2008 | 1:09 am

    "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?" African American poet Langston Hughes asked.

    Not always. Take the case of Nan Tepper, who deferred her dream for half a century but, at 77, is now winning plaudits as the iron-willed grandmother in Neil...

  • Temple bingo— a gamble if it’s a good way to raise funds

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    July 31, 2008 | 12:45 am

    The social hall at Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks undergoes a major transformation every Thursday night. Television monitors and a flashing scoreboard are mounted on the walls, and a sea of cafeteria-style tables cluttered with small computer monitors, game cards and good-luck...
  • All pink, all the time

    By Molly Binenfeld, Contributing Writer

    July 31, 2008 | 12:35 am

    The doors, roof and the mailbox of the Pink Lady's Woodland Hills home are painted in a shade that might best be described as cotton candy, and pink accents adorn her white picket fence. The interior is decorated in varying shades of pink, from the appliances in the kitchen to the...
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  • Economic turmoil puts pressure on Jewish community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 24, 2008 | 2:07 am

    The food pantry would not open for another 40 minutes, but already about a dozen people were waiting in the parking lot, many holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the blistering San Fernando Valley sun. Before day's end, more than 100 people, Jews and non-Jews alike, many...
  • Geriatric love, (I.B.) Singer style

    By Tom Tugend

    July 23, 2008 | 3:51 pm

    Max Kohn is a European-born short story writer in New York who has gained a considerable cult following in America. Though almost 80, he pursues an active love life, sometimes in fantasy, sometimes in reality.

    If Kohn, the central character in the film, "Love Comes Lately," seems to...

  • New Old Friends

    by Seth Menachem

    July 22, 2008 | 8:19 pm

    I’ve recently become close with Abe and Frank, two older guys in my neighborhood. At 90 and 88 respectively, they’re not the typical age of my other friends. At first I wasn’t sure if it was friendship. Maybe they were just humoring me or passing the time. Why would old people...

  • What to expect when you’re not sure you’re done expecting

    By Debi Pomerantz

    July 9, 2008 | 10:57 pm

    At 30, my friend Lisa had two toddlers, a workaholic husband and an interrupted career as a pediatrician. Exhausted from being a full-time mom, she looked forward to the time when her kids would go to school and she could resume her career, or as she used to say, "Regain my sanity...

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