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  • Mind Clear

    By Elliot Steingart

    February 22, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    Due to stress, I can’t fall asleep. I don’t want to use Ambien, Melatonin, or alcohol to put me out. I’m counting on a mantra.

    Repeating a mantra is a helpful way to gain inner peace. I use a mantra when running up a challenging hill in the neighborhood. Battling exhaustion I...

  • Why I support Barack Obama

    October 9, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    It is highly unusual for me to be speaking out politically.

    I have worked for Republican and Democratic presidents alike. I was a political appointee during the Reagan administration, serving on the National Security Council staff in the White House. I held a senior position in the...

  • Balance Paramount to UPN Head Ostroff

    By Soriya Daniels

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Dawn Ostroff, who in addition to being a religiously observant wife and mother, has worked her way up to a glamorous, powerful and exciting position: president of entertainment at UPN. Offering insight into the art of balancing home and work life and achieving one's professional...

  • Give and Take

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Max and Irving went fishing on an overcast afternoon. About two hours into their expedition, a fierce storm developed.

    Their small rowboat tossed, turned and finally flipped over in the lake. Max, a strong swimmer, called to save Irving. Inexplicably, Irving did not respond to any...

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  • Loco for Local Art

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In January, the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) ended its international search for an executive director and picked an Angeleno: UCLA professor Peter Tokofsky.

    What sold CAFAM on Tokofsky was his suggestion that the museum buck the tradition of looking outward to...

  • Out of “Focus”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "David Mamet calls me Hebraically challenged," confides actor William H. Macy, a longtime collaborator of the esteemed playwright. "I'm the ultimate [gentile]. Part of me is the imploding WASP, a role I've certainly played to death."

    With his weak smile and wounded-looking blue eyes,...