We often take for granted memory and how it guides our lives. Memories form our perceptions of ourselves and others. They help us make plans and decide whether we want to repeat experiences.
I haven't thought about my Uncle George for a very long time. Recently, I was with my cousin, his daughter, and we reminisced about him.
This week, I attended my youngest son's spring dance at his elementary school. After 12 spring dances (counting my oldest son's tenure), this was my final one.
The Newport Beach City Council this week approved a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The vote was 4 to 3, with Councilmen Scott Peotter, Kevin Muldoon and Duffy Duffield opposed.
My one stint as a long-term substitute teacher was over a decade ago, but I still wonder about the children in that class and think about the lessons I learned with them. I'm sure I learned more from them than they did from me in those six weeks.
Re. "Moorlach puzzles with vote against vaccinations," (May 18):
By now, you've heard about the water crisis throughout California. For many reasons, our water supply is simply too low.
Not enough people voted on Nov. 4.
I am sure veterans had to sleep on the side of the road during combat. Who would have thought they'd have to do the same back in their hometown?
As the years go by, Costa Mesa is becoming less pet-friendly, especially for cats and small dogs.
In Irvine, American's safest, greenest and a "best-managed" city, the conservative City Council majority will vote on whether to repeal the city's living-wage ordinance, passed in 2007.
In my opinion, our city governments need to start with mutual appreciation, not vicious personal attacks, on either side. I vote for wisdom, economy and brotherly love.
What really is in a name?
In California and across the country, businesses create jobs, enrich communities and power America's economy. Unfortunately, when it comes to ensuring that all businesses are treated fairly and equally under the law, Congress has checked out.
Speaking as someone who loves fires at the beach with family and friends, yet who also appreciates the concerns about pollution, I think the most sensible solution would be to have fire pits that are half the size of the current ones and have stricter enforcement of how large the fires can get.
Re. "Commentary: Fine-tuned Banning Ranch project fulfills needs of all," (May 8): By reading the recent commentary concerning the Banning Ranch project, you would think that this project has zero...
It was just in December that Disneyland was struck by a measles outbreak. While the source of the outbreak is not definitively known, it is thought to have been caused by an international tourist to the amusement park who was infected with the virus.
According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, the causes for suicides among post-9/11 veterans included mental health, substance abuse and relationship problems.
I have given the Daily Pilot the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the selection of opinion pieces. But shame on me for thinking this newspaper, as an affilitate of the Los Angeles Times, might be neutral.
I support the City Council's vote against the continued operation of jetpacks in Newport Harbor.
For 35 years I have lived near Talbert Regional Park, and in those years, I have seen Talbert grow steadily worse under the "care" of Orange County.
Last week, California Coastal Commission staff certified the Newport Banning Ranch project application.
The state of California is entering its fourth year of severe drought. On March 17 the State Water Resources Control Board adopted and expanded emergency regulations to safeguard the state's remaining water supplies.
According to the California Department of Public Health, 248,118 people died in California in 2013.
Re. "Mailbag: Benefit of underground utilities is not the question" (Mailbag, April 20): David...
Police officers have been under much public scrutiny after several deadly confrontations in communities around the country.
Newport Beach's City Hall is a building that produces no revenue and costs the taxpayers of the city well over a half-million dollars each month simply to pay down the construction debt.
Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, was formally established more than 100 years ago by Congress to recognize the important role mothers play in getting babies off to a good start in life.
Newport taxpayers will pay over $666,000 this month in mortgage payments on the Civic Center, or "Taj Mahal." That's $8 million per year for 26 more years.
"You have the right to remain silent."
Re: "Making homeowners pay to
As we prepare for another presidential campaign, a theme one hears from Republicans is that their party is better for the economy.
Nationally, there has been widespread coverage of officer-involved shootings and the subsequent upheavals resulting from the lack of accountability by law enforcement.
By Liz Swiertz Newman
On April 16, the second opportunity to discuss the Dungan Library and the Neighborhood Community Center continued with increased interest.
Newport Beach has debated the use of tax dollars to fund public art.
I remember my first surfboard.