This month’s cover story is about who we are more than any we’ve done before. It’s what we strive for every month at Orange Coast.
We show off how Orange County connected and coped in the early days of COVID-19. You’ll find plenty of reasons to be proud of where we live and how we’re rising together.
From countless closure signs to empty landscapes to messages of hope and resolve, here’s a look at Orange County during the early days of COVID-19.
From sand sculptures to post-it art, here are some ways O.C. residents are creating hope.
“I always work my hardest and try my best for the kids—try to make their lives easier and make learning fun, and I’m going to continue to do that. I don’t see this as a break.”
“One thing to come out of this … is that it’s a good reminder to appreciate what you have and be good to one another.”
Ngo organized an online showcase with her O.C. musician friends.
“You always feel kind of proud to say you work at Trader Joe’s. But (now) if it weren’t for the grocery employees, this whole entire country would be in a way gnarlier situation.”
“Humor has such a healing component. It’s good for the spirit.”
“I’m so uplifted by the celebration that music brings. It was something really moving to me, and it’s given me focus.”
“It feels absolutely amazing to be needed, especially in a time of crisis. I come from (the field of) medicine, and I feel like I’m back in health care.”
“Sometimes I get stuck in my ways and I don’t like trying new things, but through this I’ve learned that everytime I’m open-minded about change, goodness just floods in.”
A San Clemente couple’s vacation abruptly changed as their cruise raced to stay ahead of the coronavirus.
“If you walk into this house, you feel like someone lives here and there’s a story behind stuff.”
Carrie Lane is a professor of American studies at Cal State Fullerton and researches the growing popularity of professional organizers. She is working on a book about her research.