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Collage of witch books
Daniel Tures, October 29, 2020

Over the years, the witch has become a popular figure and costume choice for our modern commercialized holiday rituals.


Collage of scary books made into films
Elizabeth Graney, October 02, 2020

With trick or treating discouraged and haunted houses officially canceled, this year’s Halloween will be a bit more low key. But that doesn’t mean it has to be less frightening! We’ve got plenty of scary books and their film adaptations to keep you up through these long dark nights.


an ostrich and Big Bird
Tina Lerno, November 20, 2019

Ostriches versus Turkeys. That age-old problem. (Is it? Well, for this blog post, the answer is yes). Which big bird do we Angelenos love more? And I'm not talking just in the looks department; both make for good eating.


3 childrens book covers
Tina Princenthal, October 23, 2019

A nightmare more terrifying than you can imagine…the party supply store on the eve of Halloween! The hordes of customers, the cries and screams of fitting-room meltdowns, flimsy costumes at horrifyingly high prices!


Gravestones at New Calvary Cemetery
Photo Friends, October 22, 2019

Southern Californians have panache. From the clothes they wear to the dishes they cook to the homes they make, they create their own style—often a mixture of tradition and innovation—and show it proudly. This flair for living does not stop once they stop living.


3 spooky book covers
Daniel Tures, October 16, 2019

Tis the season for spooky old books, and one of my very favorites is a hidden gem—Ruth Edna Kelley’s The Book of Hallowe’en (1919).


5 spooky movie covers
Christa Deitrick, October 05, 2019

There’s not much going on this month in terms of new movies based on books. There’s Joker and The Addams Family, but those are based on comic book/cartoon characters, not book-length works of fiction.


pumpkin spice bottles on a spice blend background
Tina Lerno, September 23, 2019

It's that time of year—fall, aka autumn, aka pumpkin spice season!


rice crispy turkey leg and apple
Lauren Kratz, November 17, 2018

Do you want to build your children’s confidence, basic life skills, and encourage them to be a little less picky when trying new foods? Have your children join you in the kitchen!


close up view of Forest Lawn Cemetery
Glen Creason, October 31, 2018

Halloween has become a huge, month-long celebration in these modern times and not just for candy and death as I recall it meant when I was a brat.


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