It's back-to-the-old-grind time for the nation's 55 million elementary and secondary school kids and 20.2 million college students.
I am always looking to talk with people who make a difference in our harbor.
In a way it is a rite of passage in Newport-Mesa, a harbinger of the fall social season's arrival. South Coast Repertory's annual gala is kind of like the temperature of the January stock market. If the gala sizzles, so goes the entire season of social events.
There have been times when I write this restaurant column, which discovers and rediscovers fun places to eat, that I've had less than stellar dining experiences
Question: Since losing our young daughter three years ago, many well-meaning friends and acquaintances have told me that prayer is the answer. After all, their prayers have been answered! I've seen comments posted on their Facebook pages like, "Thank you for your prayers; he is better now."...
If you feel like one of the unfortunate few who missed out on a good grammar education, welcome to the club. Almost everyone I've ever talked to about the subject feels the same way — as if they were out sick the day that everyone else in school learned everything there is to know about word...
Just fell asleep on the computer keyboard. Gave up writing to take a nap.
Things have been rather quiet in my Costa Mesa neighborhood for the past fortnight.
Defiant nerdism has been with us for some time now.
Are there unforeseen dangers lurking in local dog parks?
Celebrity connections can make all the difference for nonprofits attempting to attract a crowd to the cause.
Seated at a round table at a Starbucks in Newport Coast, I listened, privileged to be part of a new group of woman — not my weekly hiking buddies. These ladies are trail runners, ultramarathoners, 100-mile-bike riders and open-water swimmers.
Here's a bit of free grammar advice I found online, offered up by a self-appointed expert who thought he could help all us poor, misguided grammar ignoramuses: "'Firstly' isn't a word."
I received lots of comments on my recent column about an interfaith couple having a tough time deciding whether or not to get married — and if they did, how to pick the faith in which to raise their children.
Kudos for your candor, Mr. Well-Known Crime Boss With a Lengthy Record.
Some of you may have heard the story of a Utah girl who addressed a school assembly in March and asked if there were any girls who wanted to play tackle football.
"Mama Crusty," a spider-like, 650-pound artwork created from recycled metal, is the third selection for the second phase of Newport Beach's Civic Center sculpture exhibit to be replaced after one selection was deemed too erotic and another too dangerous.
I am back from Hawaii and the Transpac race where we finished second in our class, only two minutes out of first place, aboard the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon.
I've covered my share of council meetings, but the one Tuesday night in Newport Beach was a doozy.
photographer for Friday's Crowd is Laurel Hungerford Photography.
I recall seeing my father cry only once.
It's hard to imagine an undertaking that has inspired as much support from the Newport-Mesa community as the hosting of the athletes participating in the Special Olympics World Games last week in Los Angeles.
It would be nice to write that last week's guilty plea and sentencing of former tutor Timothy Lance Lai closed the book on Corona del Mar High's notorious computer hacking and cheating scandal, allowing the school to move on with dignity and restore its tattered reputation.
Ahoy, and happy birthday to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Will the Newport Beach City Council vote to censure Councilman Scott Peotter Tuesday, as was discussed at the July 14 special council meeting?
In one sense it was a coming-of-age event. In another, it was a blending of private purpose for public benefit.
Q: I've just finished reading Harper Lee's second novel, "Go Set A Watchman." Reviews have cited the lower quality of the writing compared to "To Kill A Mockingbird," and I agree. However, much more importantly, the book presents an opportunity for readers, and all Americans, to begin a...
I admire friends who bask in the relaxed glow of a glass of wine.
When I was a kid, the "Do as I say, not as I do" school of parenting reigned supreme. Those adults lecturing children on the dangers of smoking? Smokers, one and all.