Commentary: Spirituality can offer its own kind of summer break

Are "mental vacations" the key to stress-free work?

Commentary: Laws and cultural shifts have opened doors for Americans with disabilities

When you think of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the first image that is likely to pop into your mind is an automatic sliding door.

Commentary: Planned Parenthood getting a bad rap

Like you, I've heard and read about Planned Parenthood's supposed glee at selling "baby parts" on a shadowy, dark market. I was shocked, disheartened, bewildered. It all sounds so gruesome and heartless.

Mailbag: City should request an audit of Team Newport's campaign finances

City should request an audit of Team Newport's campaign finances

Mailbag: Sober-living story points up the curbing of property rights

I want to point out that many attendees of sober-living meetings arrive by bicycle ("Sober-living business loses bid for permit because of parking," July 22).

Commentary: Life shows that you never really stop growing up

People talk about where they grew up. I spent my memorable childhood years, from 7 to 12, on Citrus Avenue in Los Angeles in the 1950s. That's where I supposedly grew up.

Commentary: Having character doesn't mean being boring and rigid

There was a time in America when character was critical.

Mailbag: Minimum-wage boost would help families, U.S. economy

Assemblyman Matthew Harper's recent commentary on raising the minimum wage ("Wage proposal would hurt economy," July 17) is wrongheaded and misinformed.

Commentary: The power of a compliment is truly amazing

It's nice to be nice. And easy. And contagious.

Commentary: Join me in crafting a definition of `an education'

I was teaching language arts to five classes at a local middle school several years ago (classes of 36 to 39 students).


Apodaca: Parents find new way to embarrass kids

The Internet has given us many positive advancements, not the least of which is that I'm able to find the perfect pair of espadrilles when it's 2 a.m. and I can't sleep.

Corona del Mar Today: While parents are at Neighborhood Watch meeting, girl calls police

A Shore Cliffs couple were attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting on Wednesday evening, learning from police about recent burglaries and other crimes in the neighborhood.

A Word, Please: A more complete story about sentence fragments

When I was a kid, the “Do as I say, not as I do” school of parenting reigned supreme. Those adults lecturing children on the dangers of smoking? Smokers, one and all.

Barbara's Bits & Bites:

It's been a while since I've written a Barbara's Bits & Bites food column, but that doesn't mean I haven't been out and about discovering and rediscovering fun places to eat.

The Crowd: Soiree brings French Quarter to Samueli

The Orange County crowd was treated to a summer night in the New Orleans French Quarter by the Philharmonic Society. Organizers billed the gala fundraising evening as a Night On Bourbon Street, and it was created around the Grammy Award-nominated big band sound of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz...

Fitness Files: Swollen finger traced to yucky origin

Sally showed up at our weekly hike holding her index finger in the air. Look at this, she said.


Editorial: City should air Eastside debate

Costa Mesa City Hall recently decided not to broadcast the Oct. 2 political forum sponsored by the Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors' Group. The city's election counsel had concerns about dedicating public funds and city staff time toward political events or activities.

Orange County toll road blues

Like many other toll roads across the nation, those in Orange County have gone cashless. Motorists who aren't equipped with a transponder are supposed to set up an online credit card account with the Transportation Corridor Agencies — their license plates are read automatically and their...

Editorial: Adams fence is a necessary evil

The school board recently made one of those unpopular but necessary decisions of the post-Isla Vista, post-Sandy Hook, post-Fort Hood, post-Aurora, post-Virginia Tech, post-Littleton, post-etc. world.

Editorial: David Stiller set a good example

Community service isn't what it used to be. You sign up for a city committee these days and you're met with brickbats and backhands, critiques and criticism, not to mention marathon meetings. Sometimes you deserve the criticism, sometimes you don't.

Editorial: You should have 'good cause' to carry a gun

As you've likely read, the Orange County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to hire 15 retired sheriff's deputies to process an increase in applications for concealed-weapons permits. They did this in response to a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that will allow more people to carry guns...

Editorial: Cheating scandal exposes unrealistic expectations

The alleged cheating scandal at Corona del Mar High School is an interesting case study in how students in one of the county's top-performing high schools responded to intense pressure to succeed. We're talking about a world where some children feel like their lives are over if they don't gain...

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