Their given names were Randall, Norbert and Walter, but no one ever called them that.
When I was a kid I had very little in the way of organized, adult-supervised activities outside of school, and my parents certainly did not obsess over my every move.
I recently attended a conference in Montecito titled "Why Water Is Sacred."
Q: My sister and I had a falling out a few years ago and haven't spoken since. But this past Christmas we ran into each other at a party, and she said it was silly for us to keep on like this. However, she also made it plain that she wasn't going to apologize, and I'm certainly not going to...
Q: I'm 67 and I haven't been able to pray for months. I read your column each week, and I note many comments that speak to me. I do believe in God, his endless love and power and his tremendous sacrifice so my sins would be forgiven.
Not sure how many of you were on the harbor last weekend and noticed all the Pleuroncodes planipes, or red crabs, doing their thing. By Monday afternoon, it appeared that they had little to no life left in them.
Things are heating up in the March 17 special election for the 37th state Senate District.
After watching the Academy Awards show, it's clear that this was a year with a great many worthy Oscar nominees. But a few glaring omissions cry out for further recognition.
The Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) in Newport Beach is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015.
What do you think should be included in a public library in Costa Mesa? Have you seen something elsewhere that appeals to you?
Did you hear the one about the guy who went onto Wikipedia and deleted 47,000 instances of the phrase "comprised of"?
Whenever I'm asked where I went to secondary school, I'm tempted to say Green Chip High School of Costa Mesa.
In a recent column, I observed that the Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal highlighted the over-reliance on outside tutors.
Q: I understand why Orthodox Jews in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., have fought for an eruv (ritual enclosure) for years, so I don't blame them for it and congratulate them for finally "winning" one from village officials. But I can't help wondering if establishing eruvs is a little like cheating on God...
Between 1983 and 1985, I was at the Orange Coast College sailing center almost every day as a member of the OCC sailing team and then one year as coach. During this time, I met people like Jim Jorgensen, Brad Avery and Dave Grant.
Q: I admit I had a good time in college and didn't work very hard, but now all I can find is a dead-end job. I don't have a question, but maybe you could urge people headed for college not to waste the opportunity like I did. — P. McC.
Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson team up for a rollicking good time in "Kingsman: The Secret Service." It's the sort of spy thriller with a sense of humor first pioneered by the early James Bond movies. But this new R-rated version is faster, funnier and more furious than any of Sean...
Look around you. How many people did you see on their phones, laptops and computers with their faces fixed on a screen? Our minds and world are shaped by what goes on in the palm of our hand. It wasn't like this as early as a few years ago, was it?
Last week the Newport Beach City Council voted to reduce dock fees, delivering on a campaign promise by "Team Newport" — newly elected council members Marshall Duffield, Kevin Muldoon,...
John Wayne Airport was unusually busy on this particular Saturday evening. Amid the usual hustle of travelers, one special gentleman and his exquisite model wife landed on the private tarmac, courtesy of a helicopter bringing them in from Los Angeles.
When enough people use a word wrong, eventually it becomes right. That's how every word in the language came to be. People started using a word differently than before (read: wrong) and it caught on and at one point started being right.
A portion of Back Bay Drive between Shellmaker Road and Eastbluff Drive in Newport Beach is closed to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists on weekdays until Feb. 27.
Remember when we were kids? Everybody had tonsillectomies. Then adenoid surgeries. Then tubes in the ears.
I remember summer Sunday evenings spent hiding in the bushes outside a small Pentecostal church on Costa Mesa's Eastside.
How does a new church leader fill the pews again after a contentious legal dispute resulted in the departure of nearly the entire congregation?
Q: When our family got together over the holidays we began talking about what we wanted out of life, and one of my cousins answered with one word: money. I guess I've never thought about this much, except to be happy. Is my cousin on the right track? Should this be my goal, too? — K.G.T.
Q: If you could be God for a day, why would you want the opportunity?