High-Density Eden

It’s autumn, and beach life has returned to normal. In Laguna Beach, for example, jaywalking townies have replaced jaywalking tourists on Pacific Coast Highway. No...

Scary

In the early 1960s, when I was about 6, my family lived in Santa Ana across the street from the most dangerous place on Earth. This dreadful labyrinth that ran the length of Mabury Street was a jungle of scraggly orange trees with branching arms straining toward us from vast uncountable rows. It only appeared to be an innocent orange grove. We knew the truth: The bogyman lived there.

One Cup at a Time

Portola Coffee Lab’s Jeff Duggan is part chemistry geek, part IT guy, so it’s not surprising his laboratory-style setting is outfitted with a Revelation...

No Babies on Board

To everything, there is a season, and to every season here, there is a car. Not that this isn’t the case in a lot of...

Metamorphosis

It’s autumn, and my two sons and I are on our way to visit my mother-in-law when I drive past my alma mater: New Directions for Women, a drug and alcohol treatment residence in Costa Mesa. Their grandmother’s home happens to be nearby, so for more than 17 years now, whenever I make the turn onto her street, my eyes land on the place I used to live, and, more specifically, on the window of my former bedroom.

Life Beyond Postcards

It has been 35 years since I first set eyes on California. I was young, and thought it was the most amazing place I’d...

7 Cool O.C. Summer Trails to Do With the Whole Family

Spring hikes in Orange County are a breeze, but summer outings require more planning. High temperatures, strong sunlight, dry brush, and snakes are your...

The Great Divide

I’ve been driving up to Los Angeles a lot lately. The neighbors pity me. “L.A. again?” they gasp, as if to say, “More time in...

Embracing My Breasts

More women have augmented breasts in Orange County than anywhere else on the planet. Nationwide, roughly 312,000 women each year make the decision to add on, and of that number, only about 70,000 choose to undergo reconstruction after cancer surgery.

Catastrophe as Adventure

I know a guy who lies on the floor during earthquakes. He says it makes him feel like he’s bodysurfing on solid ground. When...