November 15, 2013
Q: I recently read an article about a man in a hospital who was so incapacitated that his body was useless. Staff disconnected one of the machines that was preventing the man from speaking and asked him if he wanted to continue living like that. He said no and asked them to pull the plug. The man's family gathered around him and he died shortly afterward. This got me thinking: If your body is useless and you decide not to go on living, is that considered suicide in God's eyes? What would God think was your time for judgment?
October 2, 2013
CORONA DEL MAR Only a bye week can stop juggernaut Corona del Mar High these days. The Sea Kings enter the break after routing Capistrano Valley, 43-14, at Davidson Field last week, helping them close out nonleague play at 5-0. CdM, ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll, has won 15 straight games dating back to last season. Coach Scott Meyer hopes the week off helps the Sea Kings get healthy and ready for their Pacific Coast League title defense.
April 19, 2013
Originally, I had anticipated writing about Earth Day and the obligation that people of faith have to care for God's creation. After all, if we cannot be the prophetic voice and model an earth-conscious life, how can we possibly honor our God? And yet, the events of this week demand reflection. Eyes glued to the television, tears streaming down my face, a face that mirrors a nation of faces in mourning, I try to make sense of the senseless. I'm not a news junkie. I cannot do hour after hour of television.
April 18, 2013
Black Crow White Lie Candi Sary Casperian Books ; 159 pages In the film noir classic "The Night of the Hunter," Robert Mitchum plays a preacher who tattoos the word "love" on one hand and "hate" on the other - a symbol, he explains, of the struggle between good and evil. The protagonist of "Black Crow White Lie," Candi Sary's new novel, faces this conflict in a deeper sense. Carson Calley, a preteen who moves with his alcoholic mother in and out of Hollywood motels, often responds to frustration with clenched fists; when others aren't watching, he pounds walls, vandalizes bikes, even smashes store windows.
September 28, 2011
Newport Beach and surrounding coastal communities this week received the kind of report card that would make any parent proud: nearly straight As. From Newport Bay to Crystal Cove, area beaches not only scored high in water quality on Heal the Bay's annual report card, but many fared better than last year. The Santa Monica-based environmental nonprofit's report gave A-to-F grades to 447 California beaches after documenting the "routine monitoring of beaches by local health agencies and dischargers," according a press release.
September 19, 2011
Angela Sinnett and Andrea Allerton treat common health ailments with the one thing many people fear most - needles. That's because they are trained and licensed acupuncturists. "When people hear 'needles' they tend to think of a shot like they do at the doctor's office," Sinnett said. "But, the first thing they say afterward is, 'Oh, that was easy,' or 'I didn't even feel anything.'" The duo have combined their practices, Sinnett's Magnolia Acupuncture and Allerton's Modus Acupuncture, to launch Community Acupuncture, a reoccurring event at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays at Studio Seaside, Corona del Mar. The event aims to bring low-cost sessions - $25 for about 45 minutes - to those who otherwise could not afford it. While Sinnett and Allerton accept insurance, many providers do not cover acupuncture.
March 23, 2011
I'm still trying to process the suicide tragedy at Costa Mesa City Hall on March 17. An extreme consequence from an extreme City Council agenda, is what it appears to me. As we all try to heal through this, may I offer this advice to the mayor and council? First, trim the budget with a scalpel, not a hatchet. Second, treat your employees with respect and compassion; they are your city's greatest resource. And third, stop reducing the operating budgets of the police and fire departments — there have been too many reductions in service already.
February 17, 2010
Some might say that the New Orleans Saints football team has long been the sporting soul of a city that has suffered so much. On Sunday, less than five years after Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans — and considering that the Saints nearly moved out of town permanently not long after Katrina — the franchise won its first Super Bowl. Many people in New Orleans, which is still recovering from Katrina, compared the team’s championship game victory to a miracle and a sign of the city’s resurrection.
February 16, 2010
Some might say that the New Orleans Saints football team has long been the sporting soul of a city that has suffered so much. On Sunday, less than five years after Hurricane Katrina battered New Orleans ? and considering that the Saints nearly moved out of town permanently not long after Katrina ? the franchise won its first Super Bowl. Many people in New Orleans, which is still recovering from Katrina, compared the team?s championship game victory to a miracle and a sign of the city?