October 13, 2001
Young Chang Bill Wolfe's pants have smatterings of stripes, flowers and spirals in every color of the rainbow. His shirt is a loud green. His hat has spokes shooting out like a jester's. The ensemble is a symbol of his spirituality -- a belief that artistic creativity is a divinely inspired product that is present in everyone, Wolfe said. His position is that the spirit is nondenominational and encompasses any religion. As the director and founder of Sunday Night Alive, a self-expression group that meets monthly at the Center for Spiritual Discovery (previously known as the Costa Mesa Church of Religious Science)
January 5, 2006
I'm an annual source of irritation to my wife and two daughters when they ask me what I want for Christmas, and I come up blank. I'm not trying to be difficult. I simply can't think of anything. My life is already full of unworn shirts and unread books and exotic gadgets I haven't yet figured out how to use. They don't understand that just contemplating these gifts in my closet or on my nightstand gives me pleasure. This concept is especially difficult for my wife, who puts on new clothes, assembles new gadgets and gulps new books immediately after receiving them.
April 1, 2008
Art, activism and magic will be combined at a lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 10 at UCI. Aaron Gach, co-founder and director of operations of the Center for Tactical Magic, will discuss ?Beyond Field: A Guide Through Practice and Discipline,? as part of the school?s Studio Art Department?s guest lecture series. Admission is free for the event, but visitors must purchase parking. The lecture will be at the UCI Student Center, Room C, building 113. Gach was inspired by work with a private investigator, a magician and a ninja to develop his unique outlook.
May 18, 2007
Spring is the time of year when creative buds blossom at Orange Coast College, where its Repertory Theater Company flexes its artistic muscles with a festival of one-act plays, most of them spawned right here in Costa Mesa. This year, there were so many entries that OCC was forced to divide the program into two sessions, beginning Wednesday and running through Sunday. Show Order A, composed of seven productions, offers an extended taste of the Rep's energetic creativity. This lineup features comedy, drama, satire — and a particularly impressive musical version of the television show "Lost."
June 16, 2008
Last year, I commented on the lack of pranks and how what passes these days for pranks is really nothing more than common vandalism. Throwing equipment into a high school swimming pool, for example, is not a prank, it is willful destruction of public property. No statement is made with that action, other than one that tells school officials the vandals know how to climb a fence or cut a chain with bolt cutters. The lone local exception I made was a prank whose damage was less than minimal and whose annual appearance has become a tradition.
June 4, 2002
It is the common practice among elementary school teachers to discipline their students into writing within the lines and in accordance with the Palmer handwriting standards. This widely practiced tradition of concentrating on how, as opposed to what, is being written seems to impede, rather than nurture, a sense of creativity and individuality in each child. Granted, a D should be legible enough to distinguish it from a P, but the method through which that difference in expressed to a wide-eyed 5-year-old who defies the handwriting stereotype can have various effects.
June 3, 2003
Corona del Mar High will boast students' art Corona del Mar High School will host a Senior Project Gallery Night to display the creativity of more than 35 of its seniors. The gallery will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 10. It will take place in the main 200 building/library location, which will allow for students, parents and the community to see the various displays that represent the students' creativity, vision and dedication. The project will include black and white photography, independent films, ceramics, blown-glass, handcrafted guitars, musical performances, studio artwork, mural and quilt designs, resorted auto and jet skis, fashion designs and creative writing samples.
November 6, 2004
CINDY TRANE CHRISTESON "Good friends are good for your health." -- IRWIN SARASON "There is no physician like a true friend." -- ANONYMOUS "A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature." -- RALPH WALDO EMERSON "A single flower can brighten the earth, a friend can brighten a lifetime." -- RENEE BLANCHARD I recently celebrated a birthday. It wasn't one that was significant in terms of numbers, but it was special because of the many people I was with or heard from over the course of several days.
June 20, 2004
Some fathers give their children advice and lectures on life, regardless of whether they ask for it. My father, a man of few words, managed to get the important themes across by simply being himself. Here are a few lessons that have stayed with me through the years: Take matters into your own hands After a dispute with the electrical company, my father dismissed them and rigged the house with tiny bubbles of light charged by car batteries. There's always a brighter view Dad used to bow down, offer me his shoulders and rise in silence as my perspective changed from rough, brown trunks to dancing green leaves.
June 25, 2011
Within the first three to five minutes of meeting someone new, that person will have formed a strong feeling about who you are, how much they will like, trust and have confidence in you, and whether they will want to form a relationship with you. And you will reach the same conclusions about them. This is the message of "Contact: The First Four Minutes: A Practical Approach to Meeting the Right Person" (Ballantine Books, 1994). The verbal and non-verbal messages we send can be important in both our personal and professional lives, no matter who we are. This is true in interviewing for a job, soliciting business, greeting a new potential customer, meeting people at social functions or in potential dating relationships.