Randy in Orange County wrote recently to ask about the following passage, which he came across in a newspaper article: "Pat Haden didn't fire Kiffin. He fired himself."
I sat with my 7-year-old granddaughter, Eva, the other day as she wrote her 2013 Christmas letter to Santa.
I've written a few columns about bullying, and the topic never fails to elicit an impassioned response.
Q: Your recent answer about displaying religious holiday decorations was a little confusing. You said it's all right to display a Christmas tree, but not a manger? Easter bunnies, but not a cross? If you're in favor of every faith having equal billing and everyone being able to share their beliefs,...
Q: I'm already depressed about Christmas. Last year, we resolved not to spend as much money or get so busy, but I can already tell that it's not going to happen. How we can make Christmas what it ought to be, instead of this rat race? — Mrs. E.W.J.
This week, I took the opportunity to learn about Phyllis Drayton and the good times she is having on our harbor.
The Newport Beach Sister City Assn. will celebrate in 2014 the 30th anniversary of the relationship with Okazaki, Japan, according to Connie Skibba, Sister City board member.
When I was 12, I got a copy of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bookends" album and found myself transfixed by the bridge of the song "Old Friends." The lyrics, sung in a fragile tenor by Art Garfunkel, declare, "Can you imagine us years from today, sharing a park bench quietly? How terribly strange to be 70....
If you think your shoes compliment your outfit, we need to talk. No, not about fashion. You probably have a better sense of that than I do. It's mental health that we need to discuss.
Will student housing be introduced at Orange Coast College in the not-too-distant future?
My older son and I have a Christmas tradition that I love. We give each other books.
For this past year, I have had the privilege of being able to write a column in this space about any subject of my choosing.
Q: We work in the health services office of a large university that has a very diverse student population. For fear of offending others, some administrators want to institute a policy that would forbid us from putting up Christmas decorations, including Santas, garlands, lights and Christmas trees,...
Q: I know Jesus said we're supposed to forgive people who've hurt us, but why bother? As far as I can tell, it doesn't really change them, nor does it make the hurts go away. — P.L.
Over the past 10 years, the participation in local races of our big sailboats, often referred to as "keel boats," ranging in size from 20 to 60 feet, has been rapidly declining.
Harold in Clifton Park, N.Y., wrote recently to ask me about the grammar of the sentences "I couldn't care less" and "I could care less."
I have an Irish friend who considers Thanksgiving to be the best of America's holidays.
Thanksgiving is increasingly becoming a holiday divided into two camps: shoppers vs. floppers.
As we wait for winter to finally arrive at our harbor this year, two things stay constant on our calendar.
Ahoy! My radar is showing that Thanksgiving is closing in fast, and I cannot believe a year has sailed by already. Also, the day after Thanksgiving is the infamous Black Friday, when I batten down the hatches as the crazed holiday shoppers attack the retail stores and sometimes each other.
Today we conclude our short series about classic American patriots with a discussion about Theodore Roosevelt, who was known for his exuberant personality and large range of interests and achievements.
Q: My husband got upset with me the other day because he says all I do is criticize him. Instead of getting angry — like I usually do — I stopped and thought about it, and I guess he's probably right. But what can I do? I make critical remarks without even thinking. — Mrs. J.F.
Next week, I hope each of you will pause at your Thanksgiving table, before burying your faces in assorted carbs, to ask your fellow diners to name something or someone they are thankful for this year. In addition to family, friends, America and pie, here are some of my unconventional candidates for...
How do I know the color blue to you is the color blue to me? I suppose I don't. But I know that such questions lose their allure by the time one turns 20 or sobers up.
The Women's Opportunity Awards program assists women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education and employment prospects, according to Soroptimist International of Newport Harbor Area president Carolyn Turner. Women who are the primary wage-earners for their families, who...
It was one of the most shocking and appalling historical events of my lifetime.
There's a scene in the musical "Ivy + Bean," a South Coast Repertory production based on the well-loved children's books, in which the actors playing the parents of one of the title characters mime an entire conversation.
Our short series on classic American patriots continues with a focus on John Adams.