| Jul 20, 2013
| 8:13 AM
I'd had it with the tree monster taking over my driveway. It loomed larger every day and threatened to eat me and my car every time we pulled in. As my personal rainforest grew thicker and more menacing, so did my resolve to hack it back … some...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 9:36 AM
Warning: The contents of this column may cause runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes. Just thinking about the dust mites, mold and toxins likely lurking in your home is enough to cause gasping and wheezing even if you don't have asthma.
In fact, ever...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 4:43 AM
Quick. Think of 10 ways to use a tree branch in your house. Go…
I admit, after I'd lit on one use — burn it in the fireplace — I was uhh, stumped (sorry).
This is where creative types such as designer Michele Beschen take over. Beschen...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 1:52 PM
Tips from a bag lady of a different kind
I take no offense. While I do have a home and I don't push a grocery cart, I do strap a rather gigantic bag over my shoulder pretty much whenever I am out and about.
You might be picturing an average purse or a...
| May 31, 2013
| 8:47 AM
Shortly after I moved to Orlando, I learned I lived near the Tiffany museum.
"Cool!" I thought imagining cases loaded with glimmering unaffordable jewelry on cushions of turquoise.
Not THAT Tiffany, the locals corrected, Tiffany as in those leaded-...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 1:44 PM
I am not alone. The cyber mountain of emails I have received in response to my recent columns about going through my parents' home of 50 years proves it. The response has eclipsed reaction to any topic I have tackled in the nine years I have been...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 8:14 PM
Jill Johnson-Tucker and Jennifer Van Bergh have made a secret pact with Dorian Gray.
Twenty years ago the two Newport ladies founded an organization called the Harvesters. Recently in Costa Mesa at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Jennifer and Jill...
| May 17, 2012
| 9:45 AM
Though I knew better, I couldn't wait to use the pretty new table linens that arrived in that day's mail. "Made for every day," the website assured. That was all the encouragement I needed.
I spread the crisp cotton placemats, which came in pretty...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 10:12 AM
One day in 2009 Anna Wintour – editrix of “Vogue” and the last word in all things fabulous – decided that the recession was unfashionable.
Not being a shrinking violet, she set about doing something about it. After ringing up...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 4:42 PM
Starting Sunday, Laguna Art Museum visitors will pay $5 less for tickets across the board.
The unveiling of the museum's spring 2012 exhibitions then will officially coincide with a revamped ticketing and hours of operation policy instituted by Malcolm...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 1:58 PM
Four days of food heaven are descending on Laguna Beach, when the annual "Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience" returns Thursday and continues through Sunday. The four-day culinary event celebrates world-class cuisine, with local...