Luck Be a Stone Lion

Feng shui, once considered a New Age fad, is now being embraced by Big Business and bureaucrats

Whenever Mitch Lansdell, manager of the Los Angeles suburb of Gardena, has an important phone call, he swivels his chair to face the northeastern corner of his office. He has permanently sealed one of his office doors and put all his books in the southeastern corner. It's not tidiness. It's the instructions of "intercultural consultant" Angi Ma Wong, a practitioner of feng shui, the Chinese tradition that says success is largely a matter of orienting your surroundings.

Think it's bizarre that a person responsible for the civic welfare of 59,000 residents should so slavishly follow an ancient foreign tradition? Lansdell, 51,...

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