Opinion

Commentary: SHARP aims to help Newport Beach senior citizens

To paraphrase former U.S. Sen. Hubert Humphrey, one moral test of society is how it treats those who are in the twilight of life. Newport Beach is blessed to have an active senior population who serve one another and many others through groups like Friends of OASIS or our award-winning Community...

Letters and Commentary

  • Mailbag: Privileged teens often lack perspective

    Mailbag: Privileged teens often lack perspective

    Seventeen-year-olds are deep into manhood in many parts of the world, earning food and shelter for siblings and parents. By 17, many girls of the world are mothers by traditional mandate. They lift the weight of womanhood by transporting water, firewood, bricks. The typical Laguna Beach 17-year-old...

  • Mailbag: Partying and noise continue to disrupt Balboa Peninsula

    I have lived on the Balboa Peninsula for the last 20 years. It used to be that the summer renters caused the biggest noise issues, but no longer. Some of the students renting during the winter months are the big problem now. They go out at 9 p.m. but are back at home partying by midnight and well...

  • Commentary: Cancer survivors invited to symposium at Hoag

    When people are diagnosed with cancer, their focus is directed on the fight: Consultations. Surgeries. Chemotherapy. Radiation. The demands of the battle are so great that once the fight is over patients rarely feel jubilant about "beating" cancer. Instead they're often left blinking in bewilderment,...

  • Commentary: Webster knew language is the common denominator of understanding

    We see Webster's Dictionary in every classroom and every household, but we give no thought of the man who actually made this dictionary a reality. Noah Webster grew up in the small colonial town in the area of West Hartford, Conn. Although he came from a family that had little formal education,...

  • Commentary: The power of expressing kindness

    Kindness is a powerful word and results in powerful outcomes. After recently reading "The Kindness Diaries," written by Leon Logothetis, I became inspired by his story. Leon traveled the world on a yellow motorcycle, with not much more. He relied on the generosity of strangers for his food, shelter,...

Columns

  • The Crowd: 29 young women enter ranks of charity league debs

    The Crowd: 29 young women enter ranks of charity league debs

    As 2016 fades into memory and a new year dawns, a celebrated rite of passage is chronicled for a class of young women indoctrinated into a model of lifetime community service. The Newport chapter of National Charity League Inc. graduated 29 young women as debutantes for 2016 during its 56th debutante...

  • A Word, Please: An effort to effect better writing

    A Word, Please: An effort to effect better writing

    In a recent column, I made the case for resolving to learn more about language and grammar in the new year. The response has been overwhelming: thousands upon thousands of emails pouring into my inbox cheering on my new movement and seeking out advice on how to polish one's grammar skills to perfection....

  • Process of writing can be as fascinating as the words themselves

    Process of writing can be as fascinating as the words themselves

    How is it that writers write? That question has long fascinated me. As a fifth-grader at Lindbergh School in Costa Mesa, I wrote a poem that was published in my church's bulletin. I was stunned. I felt like a celebrity. Girls looked at me and tittered. The poem has long since been lost, but I think...

  • A Word, Please: 6 New Year's resolutions for word lovers

    A Word, Please: 6 New Year's resolutions for word lovers

    With the beginning of each new year, many people resolve to do something they didn't do the year before. Lose weight. Save money. Learn a foreign language. Land a leading role in a Broadway play. By the end of the year, they're either rich, skinny, multilingual or famous — or they're not. Either...

  • The Crowd: Having a ball at the Christmas Carol Ball

    The Crowd: Having a ball at the Christmas Carol Ball

    It was arguably the most anticipated Christmas ball of the season. Hoag Hospital Foundation welcomed upward of 650 guests to the 50th annual Christmas Carol Ball, held at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. An impressive $1.5 million was raised for the vital community healthcare resource. Chaired...

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