• Codes of conduct, Part II

    Somewhere between the Cambrian and Cretaceous epochs when I was earning my living writing television shows, there existed a code of sorts not that dissimilar to the one described in the Turner Classic Movie documentary on the motion picture industry.

  • Requiem

    I come here not only to praise the late great television show “Breaking Bad,” but to bury it also…for now.

  • PBS raked over decision to air late-term abortion film

    Pro-life advocates have strongly objected to PBS' decision broadcast the documentary “After Tiller,” saying it wrongly downplays the “gravely unjust” and deadly nature of abortion.
     

  • The comedian and the Lifeguard

    Comedy is all about timing and Robin Williams was a master of it. So much so that even in his tragic death there exists an interesting piece of timing that may allow us to extract some good out of the bad of someone discarding the most precious gift.

  • Read all about it … next week

    I think this can be categorized under the heading of what is old is new again. Newspapers are still important. Of course, you’re reading this in a newspaper so it goes to reason that this would be a valiant and hopefully not vain defense of “old” media that struggles against seemingly overwhelming odds.

  • Truths my father taught me

    When something would get under my dad’s skin, usually it had something to do with hippies, the Beatles or the graduated federal income tax system; he would start pulling on his right ear.

  • Sometimes it doesn’t take a village

    When I think of my misspent youth in front of a cathode ray tube, I recall how television in its limited form way back then was a way to plot the seasons.

  • A life at a funeral

    She was not famous. TMZ would never in a million years have been interested in hounding her to get her photo as she emerged from a trendy West Hollywood restaurant. A reality show based on her life would not have lasted two episodes.

  • A problem of cosmic proportion

    “Cosmos, A Spacetime Odyssey” has recently completed its run on Fox and National Geographic Channel and was, for the most part, riveting television. But it did leave me with wanting less — less bashing of my faith and more science.

  • ‘The Middle’: A pater familias in an unfamiliar place

    Fathers have not always fared so well in either human history or popular culture.

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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.

 

 

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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  • Friday, January 23

    Women’s Silent Retreat, 5 p.m., Sacred Heart Retreat House, 920 East Alhambra Road, Alhambra. The retreat is led by Reverend Leo Patalinghug and begins Friday, January 23rd at 5:00pm and ends on Sunday, January 25th at 12:30pm. Reservations are required. For more information, please contact Mary Latini at (310) 821-7515.

    Mass and Healing Service, 7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Parish, 15444 Nordhoff St, North Hills. To be presided by Rev. Alex Aclan, Associate Vicar for Clergy.  Call Deacon Celso for more information, (818) 207-5709. 

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