• And the winner is...

    It has begun. Like the turning of the leaves in the fall, the beginning of the new year brings the awards season. Ironically, the Academy Awards, accolades reserved exclusively for the motion picture industry, are relentlessly shaped, driven and molded by the super-hyped televised presentation of the Oscars.

     

     

  • Lost in space

    The History Channel has fallen hard from the esteem it held when they ran countless documentaries about World War II and the rise and thankful fall of Nazism. Now, they put just about anything up on their schedule and any similarity between this programming and history is strictly accidental.

  • The feast of the vainglorious

    America’s new High Holy Day is fast approaching. The National Football League’s playoffs will culminate with the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Phoenix.

  • All I want from television in 2015

    It’s that time of year when people make New Year’s resolutions they have neither the willpower nor inclination to keep. 

  • A Christmas tradition

    Television is the land where old movies go to live forever. This is especially true during Christmas when the airways are virtually flooded with old movies, new movies, made for TV movies and animated specials run on a seemingly endless loop. Most of the fare is imminently forgettable, but then there are the “classics.” 

  • The reality of the Robertson clan

    Every now and then a show comes along that captures the culture’s attention, and produces epic ratings and generates a substantial bump in the pop culture line chart, setting itself apart from the rest. Such is the case of the show “Duck Dynasty.” To the uninitiated, the show revolves around a family business of duck call makers in a small town in Louisiana. There are extended family members and employees who are treated much more like family members than employees.

  • Comedian Al Madrigal’s Catholic faith

    Growing up attending San Francisco Catholic schools, Al Madrigal was never the class clown, a surprising fact considering that the still-Catholic, now-married dad is also one of America’s freshest comedy talents.

  • A tale of two virgins

    At the very moment bishops from all over the world confer at a synod in Rome, and where the talk is heavy on sexual ethics, and the illumination is dimmed by inaccurateness, superciliousness and writers who use words like superciliousness….

  • Not ready for prime time

    There is one thing I am almost absolutely positively sure will happen during the October Extraordinary Synod on the Family called by Pope Francis: Television will get it wrong.

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Voices

Appreciating the gift of memory

Anne Hansen

Why do we hold on to so many things in closets, garages and storage units? What is it about the birth announcement of an adult child or the high school diploma of an elderly grandparent that keeps these objects carefully saved rather than discarded? They are of no use to anyone and take up space. Yet they are precious and difficult to part with.

 

 

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January 27, 2015

  • Tuesday, January 27

    St. Basil Choir Practice, 7 p.m., St. Basil Catholic Church, 3611 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. The choir sings at the 9 a.m. Mass every Sunday.

    BabyWise Maternity Tour, 7-8:30 p.m., Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills. Holy Cross Medical Center is opening their maternity unit to expectant mothers for walking tours and short informational presentations. These “Baby Wise” maternity tours are free. Expectant mothers are asked to call during their fourth month of pregnancy to schedule a tour. For questions about the tour, call Holy Cross’ Health Resources Center coordinators at (888) 432-5464.

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