How the Pandemic Changed the Way I Feel About Milestone Birthdays

A shift in perspective makes for a more meaningful, but quiet, celebration.

A Washing Machine Meltdown Proves New Doesn’t Always Mean Better [Essay]

"I was beginning to feel like the crazy lady they had to be nice to. Just humor her, and she’ll be OK."

Essay: How a Pandemic, Botched Botox, and a Hangover Made for an Interesting Proposal

A move to a family condo in Irvine sets a meaningful stage for this couple's engagement.

Essay: Even New Rules for a Post-Pandemic Disneyland Couldn’t Dim the Magic

"At the ride’s climactic end when the giant boulder bore down on us 'tourists' and our battered jeep dove under the danger in a narrow, thrilling escape, I finally felt alive again."

Mother’s Day Adventures in O.C.

Ideas for everyone in the family to enjoy a safe holiday away from crowds

Essay: A Search For Perfection Ends with More Questions Than Answers

Looking for Shangri-La and a delicious corned beef sandwich from years gone by.

Essay: Life at a Senior Living Community Rocked by the Pandemic

"I live at a retirement community in Anaheim, a few miles south of Knott’s Berry Farm. When COVID-19 struck last spring, our happy village turned into a ghost town for the elderly."

Essay: Navigating Beauty Routines During a Pandemic

"Could hair extensions make up for having to hide my smile?"

Neighbors Seek to Reclaim Santiago Park in Santa Ana

Neighbors look to reclaim Santa Ana open space, but homeless people have few options.