Q: If I become a Christian, will I have to be perfect? A friend of mine is urging me to ask Jesus to come into my life, but I don't think I'd ever be able to do what God requires. — P.C.F.
Q: I was raised in the Episcopal Church, and even though a good Christian will forgive someone who's hurt you, I'm having a very difficult time forgiving my ex-husband for all he did to hurt our two daughters. He's never asked for my forgiveness. However, last year, at his stepson's wedding, he...
"What I want to be when I grow up" is the topic of this year's essay and photography contests sponsored by the Costa Mesa Library Foundation.
Some causes are unique to life on the Orange Coast. Protecting and preserving the beach and ocean would surely be at the top of this list.
On Oct. 14, Newport Beach resident Gary Wykidal, an attorney, sent a letter to Orange County District Atty. Tony Rackauckas and Newport Beach City Atty. Aaron Harp.
Does the passive voice lend itself to biased, manipulative writing? A reader named Richard wanted to know after witnessing a discussion about a news article.
Relatives on my mother's side of the family tend to be as restive as a double shot of espresso.
"The Book of Life" is a rip-roaring animated adventure. Producer Guillermo Del Toro also directed the unconventional fantasy "Pan's Labyrinth," which got Oscar attention in 2006.
Q: This question is asked from a contemplative place in my heart after reading your recent column on atonement. Have you ever had a "born again" experience — where you prayed or were in the midst of praying when you actually felt God's presence, love and pardon for your sins and suddenly...
This week, I had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite people, active harbor user Paul Blank.
Q: How can I help my friend? She found out recently that her husband has been unfaithful, and now he's moved in with his lover and is filing for divorce. My friend is devastated. How can I encourage her when her future looks so bleak? I feel so inadequate.
For many years now we've heard predictions that technology would transform education. But that expected transformation has evolved in fits and starts, faced major obstacles and been beset by numerous mistake-prone rollouts.
The Orange County district attorney's office has rejected a criminal case against the owner of a party bus that was transporting Corona del Mar High School students when one fell from the moving vehicle onto the 73 toll road.
London is a place that gets a lot of rain.
I like curling up with a good health article, including the ones in magazines from my neighborhood health food store.
Serving People In Need (SPIN), the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit assisting working-poor families in O.C. with housing and basic life necessities, will gather advocates Friday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Huntington Beach for its 26th annual gala. Celebrity Chef Antonio Cagnolo of...
As a librarian, one of my favorite things to do is to recommend books to children. There is something exciting about connecting a young person with the perfect book. This is not as easy as it sounds. Everyone's tastes are different. Sometimes it is difficult to explain what you like about a book...
"The Judge" is a classic character study of two complex men forced to return to their family roots. Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. create a memorable look at a father-and-son crisis situation.
As the election season starts to wind up, and mail-in ballots hit mailboxes, it's time for voters to make their choices.
Though I hadn't thought about it in decades, I remember it as if it were yesterday. It's a moment frozen in time.
The Corona del Mar Home Tour, the Corona del Mar High School PTA's only annual fundraiser, will take place Tuesday and feature seven homes, including the owners of Roger's Gardens' Cameo Shores home.
When my younger son was a junior in high school, his packed schedule left appallingly insufficient time for a basic human need: sleep.
Over this last week, we wrapped up the 2014 Newport Beach High Point Series. We have a new Harbor 20 Class champion and Harbor 20 High Point winners.
Q: In the Old Testament, there are passages regarding animal sacrifices as sin offerings. In the New Testament, we learn that Jesus' crucifixion was the (ultimate) atonement for sin. Has Judaism abandoned animal sacrifice? If so, did the crucifixion have anything to do with this change? — G.,...
Q: My niece is trapped in a really bad relationship (not married, but living together). It has no future, but she refuses to see this. We've tried to tell her to get out of the relationship, but she just gets mad. How can we help her? — K.W.
Here are some sobering facts. Despite all of the advances in science and medicine, more than 7,000 types of rare diseases affect the human condition.
The "Left Behind" book series promoted the controversial biblical theory of the Rapture. The premise is that on a day of God's choosing, all true believers will suddenly vanish from the Earth. They will be transported instantly to heaven and leave behind everyone who did not qualify for the mass...