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Laughter: The Surprising Secret to Surviving Tough Times

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

You might be wondering, How could I possibly laugh when life knocks me down? Whether you have a bad day or experience a catastrophic life event, there's a pretty thin line between tragedy and comedy.

'Mr. Zezima Goes Back to Washington'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 09.09.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Before my recent visit to Washington, D.C., a town populated by clueless people, so one more wouldn't hurt, I had been in the nation's capital twice -- once on purpose.

Skillful Mix of High Art and Low Clowning Helped Make Aladdin the Surprise Hit of This Season

Jim Hill | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
Jim Hill

There's a line from As You Like It carved into the ceiling of the New Amsterdam Room. It reads, "I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad.'' I imagine that a good many people are going to be made merry once they get the chance to experience this new musical comedy.

Am I the Only Libertarian Democrat in America?

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

My friend finally growled out, "I know what you are, you're a Libertarian Democrat." Had he labeled me correctly? Has my world view devolved into conflicting combinations of Liberalism and Libertarianism? If so, must these "brands" be mutually exclusive?

Was Gene Autry a Radical?

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Was Gene Autry, the "singing cowboy" on TV and in the movies, really a radical? I just discovered this Autry recording of the pro-labor song "The Death of Mother Jones," about the great radical union organizer -- Mary Harris Jones, sometimes called the "most dangerous woman in America."

Will You Be Truly Happy If You Win the Lottery?

Don McNay | Posted 07.26.2013 | Business
Don McNay

Winning the lottery has not always been the ticket to paradise. But if people use the money wisely, for a purpose, and with financial security being their number one priority, it might allow them to get closer to that elusive dream of happiness.

First Nighter: Lanford Wilson's Outstanding Mound Builders Flattened in Jo Bonney's Signature Revival

David Finkle | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The least painful way to comment on it is to say that, as directed by Jo Bonney -- working below her usual caliber -- it does very little to recapture Wilson's memorable achievement.

The Trailer Park Test for Personal Finance

Don McNay | Posted 11.16.2012 | Money
Don McNay

Recently, an accomplished professional woman told me she had wanted to marry a rich man at one point in her life. My response was why?

Public Health Relies on Environmental Stewardship in the Farm Bill

Robert Lawrence | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Robert Lawrence

An ailing ecosystem puts human populations at risk, and all of us interested in human health should be on the edge of our seats watching what the House does with the bill this month.

Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti Kicks Off Polo Season at Will Rogers

The Daily Truffle | Posted 07.09.2012 | Los Angeles
The Daily Truffle

Harvard-Westlake alum and current L.A. city councilmember and Los Angeles mayoral Democratic candidate Eric Garcetti threw out the ball for the 59th a...

Tribeca 2012 Diary: Nancy, Please Director Andrew Semans

Dan Persons | Posted 06.29.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In his feature film debut, Nancy, Please, director Andrew Semans has created a slyly disturbing tragicomedy that explores how a life strategy built around wallowing in one's own victimhood can lead to a rapid, and quite mortifying, undoing.

Why the Republicans Can't Win

Rob Taub | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Rob Taub

Republicans can continue to relentlessly criticize the president all they want, but the GOP is out of touch with the American people.

Stage Door: The Submission

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.13.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

If a white man writes an important play about black people, is it less valuable once his identity is known? That's the question The Submission should have debated, kick-starting an honest dialogue.

I Went to a Polo Match on Sunday, And Loved It!

Jay Weston | Posted 12.13.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I have some advice for those people at AEG/Staples Center who are slugging it out with another faction for the right to build a new football stadium in LA. Let them have it... and steal their thunder by building a fabulous polo field!

40.5 Things to Do in L.A. Without Your Car

Jennifer Ketcham | Posted 09.12.2011 | Los Angeles
Jennifer Ketcham

With the 405 shutting down, I find myself excited for my upcoming Westside staycation. City officials may encourage us to leave, but this list of the amazing things we can do locally illustrates just how great being a Westsider is.

Jon Stewart Is Definitely A Comedian; Chris Wallace Admits Fox's Bias

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.21.2011 | Media
Andy Ostroy

Jon Stewart is a true genius. But he's a comic genius. And without even being a true journalist he brilliantly managed to do what no one else has done: get Fox to admit that it's a politically biased television network.

Thanksgiving and Washington D.C.

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

For this week's blog, I intended to look back at previous Thanksgiving celebrations in the White House, but I became distracted by other things that I...

"Your Life Hasn't Changed By The Man Who's Elected"

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Laermer

"I think anybody who's occupied...office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can't be ne...

So, You Think You Earn an Honest Living?

Crystal Syben Haidl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Crystal Syben Haidl

While Tea Partiers, pundits, lobbyists and mid-term candidates are out-shouting mantras on how to fix the system, the one thing almost everyone agrees...

"American Tune": A Playlist For These Un-United States

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

I had a waking dream last night in which Newt Gingrich was lobbying to have the word "United" in the "United States Of America" formally removed once and for all.

Los Angeles Events and Gossip: Teen Choice Awards, Jonathan Club Luau, Nylon party, BlackBerry Torch AT&T Launch Party and InStyle's Summer Soiree

The Daily Truffle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
The Daily Truffle

Weekend report: I spent my Saturday in Malibu ... Friend and fellow LA Native and Malibu Colony neighbor Chad Rogers finally sold the Wells Fargo par...

Will Rogers: Tribute to a Political Hero at the 75th Anniversary of His Death

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Rogers was the nation's most influential political commentator, and his views on the economy, FDR and the need for bold action are particularly interesting in the Obama era.

Will Rogers Ranch Foundation's "Dog Iron Polo Match & Champagne Brunch"

Caroline M. Roman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Caroline M. Roman

I spoke with Jennifer Rogers this afternoon - she is the great-granddaughter of Will Rogers (actor and Beverly Hills' first mayor). This weekend she w...

America's Unwavering Passion for Ice Cream

Matthew Jacob | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Jacob

In 2006, more than 4.3 billion pounds of ice cream were consumed in the U.S. Clearly, ice cream matters, and it has always mattered in America.

When 'Mad Men' Types -- and Hollywood-- First Played a Key Role in Politics

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

When pundits labeled last year's presidential campaign "divisive" and "dirty," I had to laugh. The champion of all dirty races in this century, in fact, was the 1934 contest between Upton Sinclair and Frank Merriam.