Howard Leff

Howard has written for the Los Angeles Times, the LA Downtown News and The Source Weekly in Bend, Oregon. He currently edits the National Today News pages.

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June 2nd, 2019

Stumped for a Father’s Day gift? Try some zen.

Mother’s Day gifts have a way of encouraging Mom to relax. You know — flowers, bubble bath, maybe decadent massage therapy. And why not? Moms do the hard work in the birthing department. But Dad gifts? It’s all about tech toys and power tools for some reason. Not to mention those striped ties. This year, how […]

May 30th, 2019

Tennis emerges as a winning Father’s Day sport

Tennis has grown in popularity to rival golf as a U.S. participation sport —with an estimated 60 million players apiece. One thing’s for certain though: you’ll get more of a workout on the courts. A round of Father’s Day golf may not get your heart pumping  — unless of course, you make a secret $10,000 wager with […]

May 29th, 2019

Memoirs seek to make Father’s Day unforgettable

Tools, tech and ties traditionally grab the Father’s Day gift headlines, but Dad still needs something to read during summer’s off-hours. (Do fathers still have off-hours?) Surprise him with a book— which he’ll ideally take as a cue to relax once in a while. It’s been an especially good year for memoirs. Dads often like […]

May 24th, 2019

5 Memorial Day deals on quirky Urban Outfitters trinkets

You know those retro pillows, toys and record players your bohemian apartment-dwelling friends have in their overpriced one-bedrooms? Sure, maybe they stumbled on a few items at an NYC flea market (or their trip to Prague), but the rest came from Urban Outfitters. Join in the fun over Memorial Day weekend by scoring some of […]

May 1st, 2019

Cinco de Mayo starts early. Think champagne at 8am.

America’s adopted mid spring drinking holiday returns this weekend. Cinco de Mayo’s a fun time for sure, but let’s begin with its often misunderstood origin. If nothing else, remember one thing: El Cinco de Mayo no celebra el Día de la Independencia de México. So don’t greet your fellow drinkers in the next booth with “Happy […]

March 25th, 2019

Jordan Peele in the ‘Zone’ for April Fools’ Day

Tired of tying your roommate’s shoes together on April Fools’ Day? Then again, you could always opt for hand buzzers. Or you can actually drag yourself into the current millennium and watch the premieres of some fine, prank-worthy TV shows. Hidden whoopee cushions optional of course. Begin the calendar’s ultimate trickster day with “The Substitute” (Nickelodeon: […]