Testing season is upon us as the school year draws to a close and local students engage in the annual rituals of standardized assessments and final exams.
The English language is flexible, forgiving and fun. But don't tell that to some people.
Every so often, I find a favorable wind shift and pull a rabbit out of my hat. This last weekend, it was my turn to get lucky and win the 2013 Lorin Weiss Series sailed in Harbor 20s out of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. Lorin Weiss was a very good friend of mine who sold me advertising in Santana...
Ahoy, and welcome to Memorial Day weekend!
Outside a bowling lane, in the background, snapping pictures with his camera stood Alan Webb, an elderly man.
The 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival will take place May 31 through June 2 at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. The three-day event will include the traditional world-famous $10 fish dinners, hamburgers, hot dogs, desserts, the annual cute baby contest, opportunity drawings, wine and beer.
This is the first of a two-part series updating women of all ages on the use of hormones.
If you're old enough to have watched "Saturday Night Live" in the early 1990s, you may remember "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey," a series of pseudo-philosophical musings set to soft music over pastoral backgrounds.
I've had the good fortune to visit many of America's most cherished memorial parks.
Many of us believe the college admissions process has spiraled out of control. Plenty among us also feel that our education system has become too test-centric.
One thing that starkly sets the United States apart from other Western industrial countries is our incarceration rate. Today our country has more than 2.3 million people in jail or prison, which means that, with about 5% of the world's population, we have 25% of its prisoners.
Thanks to all of you who shared with me the most important life lesson you learned from your mother. Here are few that left your hearts and entered my heart:
It's a billboard custom-tailored to grammar buffs. "Every day we help people get back to their everyday," proclaims the ad for Keck Medical Center of USC. In that single sentence, the copy writer does more to help people with grammar than I probably will in this whole column. But I'll give it a...
As I work my way around the harbor each week, I always look for people I would like to emulate. One such person is Doug West, and I have said this before about Doug and his efforts as chairman of the Newport Beach Harbor Commission. He wants to help and improve our boating activities and harbor....
Ahoy, and welcome to National Safe Boating Week!
Ever used a phony accent to fool somebody?
I worked on a story about Michael Milken many years ago, not long after the infamous junk-bond tycoon's release from prison. During the reporting phase, I observed him fulfilling his court-ordered community service by teaching a math clinic at a middle school in a low-income Los Angeles...
Today is a bittersweet day for me.
Here is an idea that was suggested to me on the campaign trail — and the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. See if it does to you.
If it were possible to tally up all the moments of my life so far, the top activities would probably be watching "Simpsons" reruns, talking to computers over the telephone, and asking fellow diners, "Are you gonna eat that?"
I'm not a big fan of secular, made-up holidays, but Mother's Day is different. I love Mother's Day, and this Sunday I will call my mother, Rosalie, in Milwaukee and tell her that I love her. She'll tell me that she loves me and thank me for the fruit. I know Mom would love me without the fruit,...
As most of you already know, last weekend and this weekend open the season for our harbor's yacht clubs. This is the time of year boat owners should have completed their "to-do lists" and are ready for the 2013 boating season.
On a quarterly basis, the Newport-Irvine Rotary Club hosts Chief David Maggard and the Irvine Police Department at breakfast to jointly honor a member of our community who has worked to contribute to the safety and benefit of Irvine and the local community, according to Rotarian Lucy E. Walther.
"I always thought that I'd see you again."
Underlying all the many issues in education is one big, persistent problem: income inequality.
The road to success for communities struggling with poverty is generally not hard to find, or even to travel. All it requires is a firm reliance upon yourself instead of government.
Pop quiz. Which is correct? "The dogs are outside" or "The dogs is outside."
Q: I'm kind of a technology geek, and when I walked through our local electronics store the other day, I suddenly realized that most of the products weren't even around 20 years ago. Do you think technology could be the key to solving the world's problems? — R.K.
My request that readers share their opinions about whether or not we should forgive the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect generated a flood of articulate and deeply moving responses. Here are just two examples, followed by my response: