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August 1, 2013
Re: Patrick Caneday's final column , I feel like my best playmate just moved away. Still alive and thriving, but not next door anymore. His columns were the reason I read the Leader. I usually teased myself by reading the front page first, and then eagerly turned to find out what new thing Mr. Caneday had to talk about in the issue. His views on the world matched mine so often that I felt a real kinship with him and sometimes emailed him to say so. He was always kind enough to reply.
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Patrick Caneday | May 29, 2010
I 've been feeling like one of those oil-covered sea gulls on a beach in Louisiana. Every morning I get up and take a look at the newspaper. I glance at the headline, usually in dismay, then automatically flip to the bottom of the page to see who died. It's morbid, I know. But it's just habit. And you probably do it too. On Monday it was former Dodgers pitcher Jose Lima's picture at the bottom of the front page. He was only 37 years old, five years younger than me. That's hard to swallow.
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By Patrick Caneday | June 19, 2010
N o Father's Day is complete without at least one of the following: A #1 Dad mug, a new tie, shirt or barbecue apron, a silly card about Dad's underwear or bathing habits and anything made of construction paper, Elmer's glue and uncooked macaroni. To this I would add, a trip to the hardware store. A few years ago for Father's Day, I made a pilgrimage to the hardware store, intent on buying a self-standing hammock. With visions of wasting my much-deserved day cradled in blissful repose, I would warmly reflect upon my father, my children and my own accomplishments as a dad. All while listening to Vin Scully on the radio.
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By Patrick Caneday | April 20, 2012
“You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander.... This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won't wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.” - Anne Lamott Last week, I was honored to serve as the master of ceremonies for the Cabrini Literary Guild's creative writing awards luncheon.
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By Patrick Caneday | March 6, 2010
“They” say a lot of things. But one of my favorite things “they” say is this: “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it was meant to be yours forever.” With that in mind, I followed the intoxicating, aromatic smoke trails to the Handy Market one recent Saturday and waited patiently on Aisle 3 staring at beautifully marbled cuts of choice meat. And when it was my turn, I ordered the signature, mouth-watering BBQ tri-tip sandwich.
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August 1, 2013
Re: Patrick Caneday's final column , I feel like my best playmate just moved away. Still alive and thriving, but not next door anymore. His columns were the reason I read the Leader. I usually teased myself by reading the front page first, and then eagerly turned to find out what new thing Mr. Caneday had to talk about in the issue. His views on the world matched mine so often that I felt a real kinship with him and sometimes emailed him to say so. He was always kind enough to reply.
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By Patrick Caneday | August 24, 2012
Here's the problem with vacations with extended family: all those family members. Having young children, we appreciate the importance of building memories for them; of big family gatherings that permanently frame snapshots to hang on the wall and gaze upon warmly in later years. That doesn't mean it's easy. But it is fun just to get away for a weekend with everyone. So we went across the sea. Twenty-six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin' for me, Santa Catalina, the island of romance, romance, romance....
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By Patrick Caneday | August 18, 2012
There used to be a time when the only people who cared what junk-food companies did were health advocates. How I long for those days. Can we not have our artery-clogging pizzas, breaded chicken filet sandwiches and crème-filled cookies without stressing over the political or religious positions of those who serve them up to us? The latest munchies magnate to step into the food court of public scrutiny is John Schnatter, chief executive of Papa John's Pizza, and a Mitt Romney fundraiser.
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April 24, 2012
I greatly enjoyed Patrick Caneday's reflections on the great Al Martinez, who is indeed the one and only Bard of L.A. (Small Wonders, “ Reflections on the one and only Bard of L.A .,” April 7). Coincidentally, a few months ago I emailed Caneday, personally thanking him for his articles and told him he had the makings of a worthy successor to Martinez. I even threw in the late Jack Smith for good measure. Needless to say, he replied that he was greatly humbled and honored. The art of entertaining small talk, on a regular basis and on a deadline, is a great gift and Caneday has that gift in spades.
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By Patrick Caneday | April 20, 2012
“You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander.... This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won't wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.” - Anne Lamott Last week, I was honored to serve as the master of ceremonies for the Cabrini Literary Guild's creative writing awards luncheon.
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By Patrick Caneday | June 19, 2010
N o Father's Day is complete without at least one of the following: A #1 Dad mug, a new tie, shirt or barbecue apron, a silly card about Dad's underwear or bathing habits and anything made of construction paper, Elmer's glue and uncooked macaroni. To this I would add, a trip to the hardware store. A few years ago for Father's Day, I made a pilgrimage to the hardware store, intent on buying a self-standing hammock. With visions of wasting my much-deserved day cradled in blissful repose, I would warmly reflect upon my father, my children and my own accomplishments as a dad. All while listening to Vin Scully on the radio.
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Patrick Caneday | May 29, 2010
I 've been feeling like one of those oil-covered sea gulls on a beach in Louisiana. Every morning I get up and take a look at the newspaper. I glance at the headline, usually in dismay, then automatically flip to the bottom of the page to see who died. It's morbid, I know. But it's just habit. And you probably do it too. On Monday it was former Dodgers pitcher Jose Lima's picture at the bottom of the front page. He was only 37 years old, five years younger than me. That's hard to swallow.
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By Patrick Caneday | May 22, 2010
?Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.? ? Leonardo da Vinci ? Faith comes in many forms, I believe. And in my search to find it in places unexpected, I?m learning a lot. I sat down with Steve Hines at Shaker?s for breakfast one recent morning to further my exploration. Steve?s an inventor, and I asked him what he had faith in. He handed me a photocopied page from Webster?
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