My Answer: God is ready for imperfection

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.

The God Squad: Letting go of anger is our only healthy option

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...

Friends of the Libraries: The library will now accept your dreams

"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.

The Crowd: A seaside benefit for the ocean

The Crowd: A seaside benefit for the ocean

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.

Venezia: Water district candidate improperly used city seal

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.

A Word, Please: Taking a deeper look at the passive voice

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.

Carnett: It was westward ho! — with U.S. heartland still in the blood

Relatives on my mother's side of the family tend to be as restive as a double shot of espresso.

Reel Critics: Lots of vitality in 'Life'

"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.

The God Squad: Treasure holy moments of connection

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...

The Harbor Report: Commissioner is leaving his mark on the harbor

This week, I had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite people, active harbor user Paul Blank.

My Answer: Divorcing friend needs someone to lean on

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.

Apodaca: Technology in the classroom is inevitable, but let's proceed cautiously

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.

Corona del Mary Today: Bus incident will not result in criminal charges

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.

A Word, Please: It's better to avoid writing upside down

London is a place that gets a lot of rain.

Fitness Files: What to glean from gluten news

I like curling up with a good health article, including the ones in magazines from my neighborhood health food store.

The Crowd: SPIN in need of matching funds

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...

Check It Out: Roping in the reluctant reader

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...

Reel Critics: The verdict? 'The Judge' is worth seeing

"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.

Venezia: Reading tea leaves as election day nears

As the election season starts to wind up, and mail-in ballots hit mailboxes, it's time for voters to make their choices.

Carnett: Seeing my lost son in children who came after

Though I hadn't thought about it in decades, I remember it as if it were yesterday. It's a moment frozen in time.

Corona del Mar Today: Home tour to feature Roger's Gardens home

Corona del Mar Today: Home tour to feature Roger's Gardens home

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.

Apodaca: Sufficient sleep is essential for healthy minds and bodies

When my younger son was a junior in high school, his packed schedule left appallingly insufficient time for a basic human need: sleep.

The Harbor Report: Lots of high points in High Point series

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.

The God Squad: Do animal sacrifices negate sin?

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.,...

My Answer: Be there, but give niece room in bad relationship

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.

The Crowd: Celebrating champions of disease prevention

The Crowd: Celebrating champions of disease prevention

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.

Reel Critics: 'Left Behind,' but not far enough

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...