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  • A Word, Please: A holiday gift list for mindful language lovers

    If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're a language lover. And if you're a language lover, there's a good chance your holiday gift list includes some birds of a feather — fellow language lovers who'd be delighted to get the perfect language book for the holidays.
  • Concert Review: Judy Collins weaves stories, music and magic at Segerstrom

    Concert Review: Judy Collins weaves stories, music and magic at Segerstrom
    Judy Collins has plenty of memories of her childhood Christmases. Her father, who ran a radio show, would bring home store employees who had given him good bargains. Fruitcakes were a staple of the family kitchen, baked early in the season and drizzled...

    A Word, Please: Here's an early grammar gift for the holidays

    Before you start composing your holiday cards and invitations, here's a cautionary tale for you. Recently, I bought an e-book that I didn't realize was self-published. But by the time the protagonist made her third or fourth visit to "the Cooper's,"...

    The Crowd: A generous check for Childhelp

    The Crowd: A generous check for Childhelp
    *This post has been corrected, as noted below. Jacquie and Michael Casey accepted the Founder's Award from Childhelp at an Oct. 18 gala at the Balboa Bay Resort. Childhelp co-founder Sara O'Meara praised the Caseys for their generous financial...

    A Word, Please: Lay and lie can even trip up the dictionary

    Typos dog everyone with a keyboard, and that horrible feeling of realizing too late that a resume, important email or blog post contained an error is practically universal. Not even grammar columnists are immune (as countless "gotcha" emails I've...