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I'm going to blow up Instagram with a 'live birth in the front yard' manger display

Took a life-expectancy survey on the internet the other day, entered my family history, lifestyle habits, current age, and the website predicted I would live to 83. Which means I have some 23 Christmases left. That’s the good news. Or the bad news. The website did not factor in how many kids I...

I wanted a life that defied convention. Then I met Pumpkin Pie Guy.

Alone has always been my preferred state of being. Alone has never felt lonely to me. The running joke among my family and friends is that I could go a month without seeing or speaking to another soul and I’d be perfectly happy. I love solitude, and for the longest time, I thought I needed it....

Pantone's Color of the Year for 2018 is a Princely purple

The choice is not too surprising, given that Pantone and the late pop star's estate designated "Love Symbol #2" as his official color in August.

The good news: Refinery 29's popular 29 Rooms hits DTLA Thursday. The bad news: It's sold out

Refinery 29's popular 29 Rooms makes its West Coast debut on Thursday at The Row in DTLA with immersive work by Demi Lovato and others.

Christmas feels bloated and broken. It should only last 12 days. Let me explain...

Half the outdoor lights don’t work. That’s OK, since I’m only half motivated to put them up. It’s too early for Christmas. The holiday season should be limited to 12 days, as per the song. Six days leading up to Dec. 25, six days after, all the way through New Year’s Eve. That would be the ideal...

I went on blind dates with a bunch of losers. Here's what I learned

After my marriage ended I felt too raw to consider jumping into online dating. At first I said no when friends offered to set me up, but when I found myself feeling lost on my child-free evenings, I started saying yes. By accepting a blind date I had outsourced the hunting — but was essentially...

A toast to a small morning pleasure, and a toast to you for reading it

Another Saturday morning. Spilling coffee on my Sports section. Blotting it up with my sleeve. One sacred thing meets another: a great newspaper, a cup of coffee. Lord, let us pray … To me a newspaper is a sacred thing. I remember lying on my belly as a 10-year-old, Sunday paper spread around the...

D.L. Rhein, specialist in unique vintage and modern objects, opens an enticing annex in Palms

Loyal customers of D.L. Rhein, a small shop just beyond the corner of Motor Avenue and National Boulevard in the Palms neighborhood of West L.A., know that owner Deborah Rhein-Gleiberman and stylist Jessica Young have a knack not just for finding unique items but artfully arranging their wares...

The secrets to a Thanksgiving #tablescape that will blow up on Instagram

For the Thanksgiving that Diana and Josh Perrin host every year, they draw inspiration from tablescapes they feature on their hugely popular Casa de Perrin Instagram feed, which has more than 288,000 followers.

I miss her every Thanksgiving, and try not to wonder 'What if...?'

I remember her every year at this time — and when I see the Missed Connections on Craigslist, where strangers who were too shy to connect when they first crossed paths hope to unite. These personal ads imply that lost opportunities can be found. That’s why I gave a blanket to a woman I didn’t know....

Invest in a fragrant spring by planting sweet peas — now

There's nothing quite as fragrant as sweet peas. You can make this lovely English garden-type scene a reality in your yard, but you need to act now, because fall is prime time for planting this cool-weather flower in Southern California.

In the harvest season, life is in the kitchen. I could walk from house to house, stirring things

It’s hardly a cowboy’s life, hitting plastic buttons all day and plugging in various devices. Our dads and grandpas, who won world wars, would scoff. So when I have the opportunity to chop some onions and fry some pork, I jump at the chance to reestablish a foothold in manhood’s door. The kids,...

How to make your guests feel at home — when you don't have a guest room

Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Justina Blakeney, Kathryn Ireland, Cortney Novogratz and others offer pointers on how to make your overnight guests feel at home this holiday season - even if you don't have a guest room.

This color forecaster says teal will be the trending hue of 2018

Design trends don’t happen in a vacuum. The best ones reflect the world around us and capture the zeitgeist of the time in a way that resonates on an instinctual, gut level — and such is the case with color forecasting. The process of predicting what groups of colors are destined to be most sought...

10 most overlooked toys that belong in the toy hall of fame

The National Toy Hall of Fame left a pantheon of classic playthings out of history’s toy box this week when the latest inductees were announced in upstate New York. The Clue board game and the Wiffle Ball, both five-time finalists, were inducted into the hall of fame on Thursday at the Strong National...

Remember 'thriller, filler, spiller' for stunning Thanksgiving floral displays

You don't have to be Martha Stewart to put together an impressive display this weekend that will wow even your mom without breaking the bank. Here's how:

Make the first move? I did

Cruising through the San Gorgonio Pass on the 10 Freeway into the Coachella Valley, I reveled in the starkly dramatic view — hypnotic, pinwheeling windmills; sun-bleached boulders; and the chocolate-brown, snow-tinged San Jacinto Mountains hugging the valley’s southern border like protective mama...

Tips from me, the birthday boy: Grill beef quickly and always appreciate a tight spiral

A few thoughts on grilling a steak … This rib-eye might be smarter than I am. I’m not even sure it is fully dead. Still, I’m the one with the tongs, and it’s the one hissing at 500 degrees. That alone assures me of a certain superiority — physical if not moral. There are two things you should know...

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