| Sep 23, 2013
| 10:04 AM
For Kate Friedricks, a Tujunga resident who grew up in Glendale and taught herself how to play the ukulele as a girl, the instrument has become an addictive mode of expression that keeps her up at night playing song after song.
All it takes, she says, is...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 1:28 PM
This article was updated to include more information.
A car piloted by an 83-year-old driver plowed into a jewelry store on Brand Boulevard Wednesday after he reportedly drove forward, rather than putting the vehicle into reverse as he intended,...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 10:00 AM
It's ironic that at Frame 128, a restaurant dedicated to luxury, the shining star is the humblest of foods: soup. With the Soup King in charge, how could it be otherwise?
Chef Kareem Shaw was dubbed Soup King by none other than the governor of Michigan....
| Dec 25, 2013
| 1:27 PM
I have mixed feelings about the New Year; I’m not very celebratory. The ending of the old and the beginning of the new brings mixed regrets. What once was, is no longer. It’s like sitting with your best girl watching a shadow run across the...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Art Stetson, the director of admissions at Flintridge Prep, fascinated me as he spoke about the brilliance of metaphor and the elegance characterized by wordsmith Thomas Hardy.
Stetson and I are colleagues of sort; I’m a substitute teacher at the...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 10:28 AM
Rice and beans may be simple, but those pantry staples are essential for any family desperate to prepare meals on a meager budget.
David Cormier saw the value in those food staples firsthand when he was deployed to Bosnia and Somalia under the United...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 2:41 PM
I'm writing this column before Thanksgiving Day, but you will read it on turkey day or over the weekend. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I'm excited to celebrate this Thanksgiving with my extended family — all 25 of them. I can provide...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 9:22 AM
When homeless outreach workers David Broadway and Alfred Hernandez went to pick up a homeless client to give him a ride to his psychiatrist in Glendale last week, the man didn't show up at the meeting spot on Colorado Boulevard.
The duo waited outside...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 12:41 PM
I try to approach restaurants with impartiality but the cold hard truth is I don't like cupcakes. The white sugar, white flour, and unnatural colors turn me off. They're the adult version of Barbie dolls. I prefer my sweets more rustic. So when Goodie...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 3:11 PM
I was out and about doing chores for Kaitzer; subsequently I had a late start writing “Thoughts from Dr. Joe.” Since my brain was tapped out, I had no clue what subject matter to attempt to write about.
I crossed Gould en route to Starbucks...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 11:06 AM
I want you all to know something right off the bat this week, ladies and gentlemen. It's this: While I may eventually leave the Leader and the News-Press, I will never consciously uncouple from you.
You can take that to the bank.
The reason for this...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 2:40 PM
I’m no longer writing the Great American Novel. It’s done! I’m now in the laborious editing process. So the other day while I was reading between the lines, a bunch of excited La Cañada High School kids stormed into Starbucks partying...