Great food and celebrity sightings make it perfect for L.A.
By Genie Davis
Gracias Madre is perfect for Los Angeles—glamorous diners in trendy couture, celebrity sightings (Jennifer Lopez, when we visited) and a luxe look in what was once an elegant antique shop at the almost-Beverly-Hills end of Melrose. Colorful cushions, golden light and high ceilings grace [...]

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Beers offers a surprising perk for arthritis sufferers
By Laura Owens
Women who tip back a few beers each week are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA), suggests a large study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism. RA is a chronic painful autoimmune disease that more often strikes women. While RA sometimes affects multiple tissues and organs, it [...]

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Aren’t yoga teachers supposed to be enlightened role models who know everything?

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Deep relaxation at a back-to-the-land resort

By Abigail Lewis
The road to Mendocino from San Francisco simply will not allow you to obsess about urban woes. Tortuously winding through redwood groves and verdant hills, it insists that you focus on nothing but the scenery and potentially errant oenophiles who’ve had one taste too many at the wineries [...]

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Why festivals satisfy our spiritual longing
By Derek Beres
Late every summer, 60,000 weekend (or week-long) warriors pack RVs with pimped-out bicycles, florescent pink and orange wardrobes, goggles, bandanas and whatever other accoutrement assist them in not only surviving but thriving in Nevada’s summer heat. They fly into Reno and San Francisco and Vegas and drive hundreds [...]

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By Cindy Tansin

I’ve had dogs all my life. Living in the city, their primary form of “exercise” was going outside in the back yard to do their business and watch the world go by. I figured my dogs were living the good life. What more could they possibly want besides food and love?
When I moved [...]

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The postures, breathing practices and meditations are all ways to plumb the depths of erotic mystery.

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When was the last time you went to see a play? Summer days are literally longer, so you can get home from work, eat dinner in daylight and still have plenty of time to get to the theatre. Lots of interesting choices this summer, and this list is far from conclusive, but be sure to [...]

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A Silent Stay retreat foregoes deprivation in favor of joy
By Abigail Lewis
Three days of silence? That’s a difficult concept for someone who runs a small business to embrace. But there’s no denying that license to ignore email and phone calls for 72 hours is a tantalizing fantasy.
Letting go of my tech addiction isn’t easy, even [...]

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By Abigail Lewis
The time to go to the newest Tanzy, executive cheffed by Bryan Podgorski of French Laundry and Las Vegas’ Bouchon, is now, before the world descends. Situated just east of Westwood Boulevard on Wilshire, with convenient parking in the rear, the entrance feels something like a forest woodland. Distressed vine branches form both [...]

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