American Sniper is a riveting, wrenching drama based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. Expertly directed by Clint Eastwood from a taut, perceptive script by Jason Hall, American Sniper paints a harrowing portrait of a man committed to serving his country (or as he might see it, saving his country) yet fundamentally unprepared to cope with domestic life on the home front. This isn’t exactly uncharted cinematic territory, (Jeremy Renner’s protagonist in The Hurt Locker had some of the same issues), but, bolstered by stellar performances from Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, this film succeeds in being equally gripping in war or peace.
Every year the music market gets more and more oversaturated with tons of new music and we are inundated with so much, dare I say, "crap" that it becomes easy to miss the real music gems that are waiting to be discovered. Now this by no means is a comprehensive list but a short compiling of a few records that are worth revisiting before moving into 2015. So get all those iTunes gift cards you got as stocking stuffers this year and head over to iTunes and support good music!
It’s that pivotal time when we've just completed one year and crossed the threshold into the next: 2014 into 2015.
How was your life on planet earth throughout 2014 - on your 365 day orbit around the sun? And how would you like 2015, your next 365 day orbit on earth around the sun to be?
I thought I should mixed it up a little and try to share a trend that many of us forget to appreciate. If you’re planning to have a bad hair day and desperatly need something to keep you stylish, try wearing a hat. The biggest trends are wide-rimmed fedoras, embellished hats, and animal inspired hats. You won’t be disappointed and can find them everywhere in the malls.
Nick Koff’s Bunnynose band recently had the opportunity to demonstrate their Rockabilly, Koff disagrees with the label, prowess at The Trip in Santa Monica and used tunes such as “Heart Full Of Soul”; “Message To Pretty” which was written by Johnny Echols of the band LOVE and who was also in attendance, and a groovy ditty titled “Riverside.” This gig was labeled a birthday wingding for Echol’s lovely lady Georgianna Steele Waller and myself.
“It’s a big, big world full of all kinds of people,’ says singer/song writer Roy Zimmerman, “but there’s one thing we can all agree on...” Then he strums. And he strums. He casts his eyes to the ceiling. At last he sings, “...and when I find out what it is, I’ll let you know.”
Ho Ho Ho Ya’ll. Writing you this on the plane back from my last work trip of the year. The Golden Globes have been announced (Go see The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash), the release of The Interview has been cancelled (coming to a laptop near you), and 2015 is right around the corner. For me this year has flown by (more Delta miles than ever) and I am overflowing with gratitude and appreciation for all the lessons, opportunities, adventures and joy that I have been fortunate to experience over the last 12 months.
The biggest challenge in dating today is that people expect to find their version of perfection…or at least someone who totally fulfills their ‘list of requirements’. We’re a culture who likes to check, check, check things off our list. The problem is, that’s all backwards. Of course you need to make sure that you’re meeting people within your range of fundamental priorities. But at the end of the day, it boils down to the feeling, not the list. When you feel that indescribably delicious chemistry with someone, I guarantee you’re not going to care about those extra pounds / the color of her hair / his height / her degree / his job, etc.. You’re NOT. You’re going to be so happy that you finally connected with your person that you will just deal with the pieces that aren’t a perfect fit.
Happy Holidays everybody! I've asked a few of my local clients and friends to submit to me their best simple, fun and easy healthy holiday recipes for deserts and goodies. So here's your chance to enjoy something delicious treats and not pack the average 7.5 pounds on over the Holiday Season this year. Enjoy!
Leslie's Santa's Holiday-Healthy Reindeer Crisp Mix
3 cups popcorn (air-popped, no butter)
3 cups healthy corn or rice cereal
2 cups pretzel bits (low or no salt)
0.5 cup unsalted roasted almonds
0.5 cup dark chocolate-coated acai berries and/or blueberries
0.5 cup dried cranberries
0.5 cup dried mixed fruits
* Gently combine all ingredients in large bowl.
* Adapt proportions to taste.
* Serve Santa's Holiday-Healthy Reindeer Crisp Mix in the large bowl at holiday party, and/or divide into sandwich bags for kids' holiday party snacks, lunch box snacks, etc.
Leslie is a Los Angeles based indie author www.leslielemonauthor.com with books including "The Disneyland Book of Secrets" and "Cat, Dog, Pig and Owl".
Annie’s Winter Compote
This compote can be used as a topping over frozen or regular non-fat yogurt, as a wonderful side dish for your holiday meal or just by itself as a delicious and healthy snack. This recipe makes enough for 2 servings. If you want more just double!
1 apple (any kind will do)
1 pear (any kind will do)
Handful of raisins (optional)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 Cinnamon stick
Chopped pecans (optional)
Core, peel and chop apple, pear and raisins. Place fruit, brown sugar and cinnamon stick in a 1 quart pot with enough water to barely cover fruit. Cook on a small flame until fruit is soft, maybe 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon stick and transfer to bowl and mash lightly with a fork, adding sprinkles of nutmeg and ginger to taste. Sprinkle a few nuts and enjoy! Can be eaten warm or cold.
Annie runs a vintage store in the Sherman Oaks Antique Mall called "Baby Dix" in Space 125 – special holiday sale through January!
Kara's Vegan Apple & Persimmon Crisp
· 3 heaping c ups of tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
· 2 heaping cups of persimmon thinly sliced
· 1/2 cup sugar or 1/3 cup agave
· 1 cup water
· 2 Tbsp cornstarch
· 1 Tbsp cinnamon
· ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
· ⅛ tsp ground cloves
· 1 cup flour
· ¾ c quick oats
· ½ cup brown sugar or 2 Tbsp maple syrup
· ½ cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread http://earthbalancenatural.com/product/original-buttery-spread/
1. Spread apples in an ungreased 9×13″ pan.
2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, water and cornstarch, stirring constantly until thickened and semi-translucent.
3. Pour mixture over apples.
4. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
5. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, and brown sugar. If you use maple syrup, you will need to slightly increase the amount of flour.
6. Mix in the Earth Balance until mixture is crumbly- I use my hands for this part!
7. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over apples.
8. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden.
Kara and her husband David run Twisted Bread, featuring fresh, homemade vegan Challah in Los Angeles. http://gettwistedbread.com/
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* Peru Adventure Trip with Machu Picchu Hike April 16-24, 2015
Under the artistic leadership of Nancy Evans Doede, Nancy Evans Dance Theatre (NEDT) has been producing and guest performing since 2009. NEDT is the resident dance company at Porticos Art Space in Pasadena, happily sharing the space with the acclaimed Arroyo Repertory Theatre and Pacific Opera Project. In its fourth season, the partnership has lent to the creation and support of an exciting repertoire for the company of six dancers, and has offered performance and collaborative opportunities to other locally and nationally based dance artists. “Gotta Dance” interviews Nancy about how this collaboration unfolded and how this partnership has created a strong platform for her potent dance company from Pasadena.
The kitchen is a place where we create meals to sustain us and help us grow, but it’s also one of the areas of our lives that creates a lot of waste. Plastic wrap, plastic bags, and plastic bottles are all over our kitchen, and while it would be nearly impossible to eliminate it all, there’s a lot we can do to reduce. With a few of these handy tools, you can cut out some of the waste you produce on a daily basis in the kitchen without another thought.