January 24, 2009
The Los Angeles Times recently ran a story about an atheist campaign in Britain in which a group has placed banners on public buses reading, ?There?s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.? The campaign, apparently, has proven popular in mostly secular Britain. In your line of spiritual work, do you often deal with atheists and nonbelievers, and how do you go about reconciling their beliefs with your own? ? I deal with atheists and people of different faiths on a surprisingly regular basis.
December 19, 2007
Piccolo Lewis is used to looks of disbelief. When his Dollar Bookstore opened up in Downtown Burbank in place of A & S Bargain Books on Nov. 9, most people who came in didn’t notice the difference until they hit the register. “I would say about 1,000 times a day I get somebody asking if all the books are really $1,” Lewis said. “They just don’t believe it.” Open mouths usually turn to wide smiles once the 34-year-old owner from Long Beach confirms the $1 price tags.
November 24, 2001
Dear Mayor Kramer: We, the people of Ota, were horrified and saddened to hear about the terrorist attacks that occurred in your country on Sept. 11, 2001. As the news unfolded on TV, my disbelief that something as ungodly as this could happen turned to shock and surprise. We are all distressed over these attacks and cannot even imagine what the people who live in New York and those who lost family and friends are feeling. The people of Ota have had a strong desire to do something to assist those affected to recover as quickly as possible, even if just one day faster.
October 8, 2003
Walter Gragg of Burbank is a practicing attorney and retired actor. "Out Of Time" is my first Denzel Washington movie. He is a handsome, talented actor with clear star quality. Here he is the police chief of Banyon Key, Fla. He is newly estranged from his attractive, police detective wife (Eva Mendes), and is having an affair with the sexy wife (Sanaa Lathan) of the bad guy (Dean Kane). The chief finds himself embroiled in a plot involving two murders and his apparent misuse of drug money (evidence from another case)
March 19, 2005
Mark R. Madler Friends say Sunday Henig was a ray of sunshine. In the week since she was found fatally shot in her home on South Parish Place, her friend Denise Bankuti has received many phone calls from old friends who broke down in tears as they spoke. "She never wore a frown," Bankuti said. "I never saw her without a smile on her face. She wore a flower in the side of her hair. She dressed in pastel flower colors. She was a flower child. She was incredible."
March 15, 2006
In the TV series "24," which is sometimes written on screen as "Twentyfour," counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer has saved the world from nuclear destruction, thwarted poison gas attacks on civilians, escaped the clutch of terrorist abductors, exposed a traitor in the White House, used a cell phone nonstop for 24 hours without the battery dying and himself actually risen from the dead. And, through the miracle called "suspension of disbelief," I and millions of other Americans can simply accept all this.
May 15, 2002
Richly told story, fine acting Michael Giovanniello of Burbank is a freelance writer. In "Unfaithful," director Adrian Lyne of "Indecent Proposal" and "Fatal Attraction" fame remains faithful to the genre. In this richly told story, lives and plot gradually unwind with detailed emphasis on the psychological ramifications of betrayal. The bored wife, Diane Lane, reluctantly succumbs to her human frailties, charmingly embodied in a youthful lover played by Olivier Martinez, as her keen-eyed husband, Richard Gere, quickly surrenders his quiet confidence to become victim of his own insecurities.
May 23, 2001
I have been reading the letters in the Leader regarding the John Burroughs High School mascot with increasing disbelief. I fail to see why discontinuing the use of a racist image is still a debatable issue in 2001. Some have argued that no racism is intended. Well here's the test. Would we use the image of any other racial or ethnic group, such as a cartoon of an African American or an Asian American, to identify a publicly funded school? I don't think so. Why would we want to promote division, increase racial and ethnic tensions and undermine the current efforts to teach students sensitivity?
September 15, 2001
We all now know what it's like to have our hearts ripped from our chests, our legs kicked out from under us, our sobs pulled from our throats. But our spirits shall never be broken. As each one of us sat on our comfortable couches in our cozy living rooms this week, holding the hands and wiping the tears of the loved ones sitting next to us, we couldn't help but stare at our television sets in disbelief as the towering twins that once stood watch over all in New York Harbor fell in a crumbled heap.