January 17, 2009
As I write, I just finished helping one of my daughters master her multiplication (I pray!), did several loads of laundry, cleaned up after another daughter with the stomach flu, and cleaned the stove after my sick son asked for soup. In the middle of the storm, I tried to sneak moments of calm to call back a few patients I needed to reschedule. I know we can all relate to days like these whether we have children or not. As I reflect on the day, for some reason I say it was “a good day.” It certainly was not perfect.
June 26, 2002
"We are fighting for the dignity and happiness of human nature. Glorious it is for Americans to be called by Providence to this post of honor." So spoke Benjamin Franklin to the French Court in the early stages of a young country's struggle for freedom. Franklin made it clear on many occasions: Happiness came with a high price, and the biggest payment was a truthful and virtuous life! If he were with us today, what would he think? The greeting card is not a happy one this Fourth of July, and the Founding Fathers' "pursuit of happiness" has become twisted with greed, indifference, incompetence and self-indulgence.
January 19, 2002
Ryan Carter AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Handguns, paint ball guns, hypodermic needles, knives, jokes and drugs -- you name it, local airport police have seen or heard it, even after Sept. 11. With the publicity about baggage checks and National Guard patrols at airports since the terrorist attacks, authorities at the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport are sometimes bewildered by the materials people try to pass through baggage checks and screening points.
March 31, 2004
Phil Witte is a copy editor at the Burbank Leader and its sister publication, the News-Press. Rarely in today's Hollywood are screenwriters the "stars" of movies, but Charlie Kaufman ("Adaptation," "Being John Malkovich") is one of the best of the men and women who toil at the keyboard. His movies are unconventional, interesting and always a welcome change in a film landscape littered with mindless sequels and remakes. Kaufman's latest, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," tells the story of Joel Barish (Jim Carrey)
December 23, 2000
We don't know about you, but from our perspective, holiday cheer, glad tidings and peace on Earth have been in short supply on Burbank streets the past couple of weeks. In the crush of holiday traffic that surrounds the Media City Center, indeed all of downtown's commercial high points, "ho ho ho" has been supplanted by "go go go" as would-be shoppers try to outmaneuver, outfox and, in frustration, outswear the opposition -- er, other drivers. It's emblematic of how quickly the legitimately kind, considerate and positively spiritual tone of the season is lost when the worst instincts of human nature come to the fore.
October 20, 2007
I don?t want to be in your living room. The Glendale Community College Board of Trustees is debating whether to start broadcasting our meetings on cable TV. The projected costs range from a few thousand dollars a year (for a single camera) to a quarter of a million dollars (for multiple cameras and operators). Supporters of this plan say TV broadcasting will promote democracy (and I agree with that statement, in theory). But I am opposed to the use of public money for this project.
July 25, 2007
In the spring of 1945, an American armored division rolled into Mauthausen, a village in upper Austria near the city of Linz. Simon Wiesenthal was an inmate at the concentration camp there, and he was too weak to raise his head from the spot where he lay to see the Sherman tank rumble into the enclosure. The wonderfully compelling documentary "I Have Never Forgotten You" describes Wiesenthal as physically and spiritually exhausted from the dreadful odyssey that he had barely survived ?
August 16, 2008
Watering laws are needed in region We are in the dog days of summer, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared that we are in a drought, and the lawns of most tri-city lots are still very green. My family recently moved here from an island with a population of just under 1 million people. Essentially, it is just a rock, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, with the only fresh water coming from rainfall and springs. Admittedly, the average annual rainfall is 26.2 inches, which is significantly more than the 17.5 inches Glendale receives.
September 16, 2006
It's fortunate that Burbank residents have the excellent recycling facilities described in the recent article, "Council talks trash, recycling," Sept. 2-3. It's fortunate that recycling can make a significant difference in the health and welfare of the Earth. What's unfortunate is that by the time we get to the recycling stage in the lifecycle of stuff, as they say on the ranch, "the horse has already left the barn." The problem of disposing of the enormous quantity of trash that we generate could be greatly simplified if we were less inclined in the first place to purchase so many things that either serve no useful purpose or are bought on a whim, then stashed in the back of a closet and ignored.