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.

Missing Links: After Months of Quarantine, Small Moments of Connection Matter Most [Essay]

"It occurred to me that I was asking extra questions just to talk with another human being—dragging out my choice so I could keep chatting."

Thanksgiving, Filipino Style: Blending Cultural Traditions During Thanksgiving

Holding to the spirit of sharing, a family develops traditions all their own.

Essay: Finding a Hidden Upshot to a Towing Experience in Laguna Beach

"So I’m driving with my girlfriend, Lisa, in Laguna Beach, heading to a creative salon—where you can read, perform, or do improv... Then a police car pulls up behind, lights flashing."