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."

An Essay on Finding Joy and Meaning in Small Things During the Stoppage of...

"Long before this pandemic, I was quarantining myself, social distancing. I had retired from 37 years of teaching high school English to return to my original ambition of becoming a writer."

Essay: A Midlife Crisis Causes This Writer to Become Unspooled

Vandalism or forgetfulness, officials surely weren’t going to let this go.

The Family Captain: An Essay Reflecting on Fatherhood

A boat ride around Balboa Island with his kids prompts a father to reflect on his role and how it changes.

The Language of Life: Spanish Sessions Over Tea Teach Far More Than Vocabulary [An...

"We called ourselves 'Las Damas,' six women in a Spanish class struggling to master verbs and expressions in a new language."

In Modern O.C., Is It Possible to Find Tranquility Amid a Busy Hub?

What seemed a quiet dawn in an Orange backyard was actually a bustling center.