By Elizabeth Cantwell
Review by Abigail Lewis
The title alone may be enough to make you curious about this slender volume of poems, but just wait until you start reading. Start anywhere. I began at the beginning: “And in the space inside your head, between your eyes and your ears, an entire planet throbs,” writes Elizabeth Cantwell. [...]

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Get up… so you can get down
By Elyse Glickman
There’s new movement in morning workouts that’s literally winning raves. Matt Brimer and Radha Agrawal, founders of Daybreaker, have brought their New York party to Los Angeles, shaking things up for morning people intent on celebrating the dawn of a new day.
A Daybreaker party has everything [...]

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Two little words that attract big attention

By Wendy Strgar
Saying the words “oral” and “sex” in the same sentence will turn heads in almost any crowd. Even with a blush, most people engage and want to hear more.
Oral sex is at once one of the most desirable sexual experiences and the one that still carries enough [...]

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How sustainable can a vegan diet be if a substantial portion of it must be shipped from elsewhere?

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By Laura Owens

Will the real health wrecker please stand up? Just when you think you’ve figured out the worst culprits (trans fats, simple carbs and cholesterol), along comes a new finding.
A growing number of experts say weight gain, heart disease and many other illnesses are not caused by high cholesterol, but by underlying inflammation. So [...]

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In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony

Written and directed by Kerry Candaele
Following the Ninth is a history-packed paean to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor. In this dramatic composition, passion and violence resolve in the final movement—the section commonly referred to as “Ode to Joy”—with a chorus singing words adapted from an 18th-century poem [...]

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Rustic organic vegan in Studio City

By Genie Davis
The Beatles sang “Here comes the sun…and it’s all right.” But if the Fab Four were singing about SunCafé Organic Cuisine in Studio City, they’d have to change their lyrics from “it’s all right” to “it’s just great.”
All grown up and moved from a previous location on [...]

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My wake-up call from a deadbeat boyfriend
By Lisa Ellen Niver

Years ago, as my then-new boyfriend and I strolled along Santa Monica beach at sunset, I announced, “So, I lost 12 pounds and now I’m skinny.” He muttered, “I didn’t notice. And you’re not skinny.” At that moment, I wasn’t sure if the earth [...]

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The search for answers can sometimes lead down a very wrong path.

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By Laura Owens

Among the treasured gifts brought by the magi, gold, frankincense and myrrh, frankincense (also known as Boswellia) might have helped Jesus breathe a little easier. Known in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, the resin of Boswellia serrata contains boswellic acid, shown to inhibit leukotriene biosynthesis involved in bronchial asthma. In a 1998 study published in [...]

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