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Turkey and tacos for everyone

Welcome to the weekend, and the last Saturday before Thanksgiving. Which means five more days of chaos before the relative calm of leftover turkey cassoulet. (Shopping? No. Just no.) So for your reading pleasure we have a cooking story about...

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 283,000 followers.

The key to a happy life? Gratitude that goes beyond Thanksgiving

The importance of gratitude goes beyond a picture-perfect Thanksgiving tableau. Many experts believe that feeling grateful is also beneficial to your health. “Gratitude is good medicine,” says Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at...

Books: The National Book Award winners, Alexander Chee on his mentor Kit Reed and more

Hello, readers! I’m Carolyn Kellogg, book editor of the L.A. Times, with this week’s newsletter with some great bookish stories to carry you through Thanksgiving. THE BIG STORY When critic at large Alexander Chee took his first creative...

California Sounds: Miguel, Anna St. Louis and Lee Hazlewood

Miguel, “Told You So” (RCA). On this teaser from the San Pedro native’s forthcoming fourth album, “War and Leisure,” the rock ‘n’ soul artist born Miguel Jontel Pimentel rides a squiggly beat that recalls a Chicago acid-house track...

In ritzy Beverly Park, a modern castle seeks its new king

Juliet balconies and conical roof features lend a castle-like vibe to this contemporary mansion in Beverly Park, a gated neighborhood known for its large-lot homes and affluent homeowners. Designed by architect Richard Landry, the lavish and...

An HOA needs an attorney retainer agreement, but a good one requires negotiation

Question: Every year, the board automatically renews the association attorney’s retainer agreement and deposit. Without reading it the directors sign and send him a check for $60,000. This year, I spoke up and told my fellow board members...

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...

IMDb file: Mandy Patinkin talks ‘Wonder,’ Inigo Montoya and his first film role

Mandy Patinkin will never escape the 1987 film “The Princess Bride” — nor would he ever want to. The 64-year-old actor has been embraced by fans all over the world for his fast-talking, sword-wielding performance as Inigo Montoya. The...

Spirit Airlines turns to Disney to improve its customer service

Spirit Airlines, the ultra-low-cost carrier from Florida, has reported some of the biggest profit margins of any airline in the country because of its practice of charging passenger fees for a long menu of basic services. But the airline also...