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By Jim Carnett | November 20, 2012
Thanksgiving is a time for introspection. I wrote the following essay in November 1993. It was a momentous period in my life and the essay was intended to be reflective and cathartic. It went unpublished. The piece remained as a "Memo to Self" on my computer hard-drive for two decades. I re-read it several days ago for the first time in 19 years and found it germane to my life today — though, obviously, much has transpired since its writing. Much also remains the same. Since '93, my wife, Hedy, and I have been blessed with eight grandchildren.
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By Jim Carnett | June 18, 2012
Is life, as some suggest, a brief episode between two oblivions? I choose to think not. My personal belief is that life is a journey into the unknown that can lead to a better destination. That philosophy, I submit, begets hope — and hope, as one of my mentors once described it, is the promise of long-term gain. Hope, he further elucidated, is an anchor for the soul that most humans can't live without. I know I can't. A couple of weeks ago my wife, Hedy, and I spent a weekend at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove, deep in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
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By Britney Barnes | September 27, 2012
In lime green sneakers, khaki shorts and a navy USA jacket with a gold medal around her neck, Olympian Esther Lofgren spoke Thursday afternoon to a packed house. Mariners Elementary School's third- to sixth-grade students filled the multi-purpose room to hear the gold-medal rower talk about her journey, the importance of having dreams and how to accomplish them. Talking to groups of students is nothing new for Lofgren, whose made it a point to share her experiences with others.
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By Hannah Fry | September 13, 2013
On day 55 of his journey, Darrian Balongie stopped in Newport Beach to rest and change out his longboard, which had begun to crack from his sometimes rough coast-to-coast voyage. With a 40-pound backpack and bass guitar strapped to his back, the Memphis, Tenn., resident was on the tail end of skateboarding 4,300 miles from New York City to San Diego to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude has a special spot in Balongie's heart: It's the hospital that treated his young cousin so well in the months before his death from acute myelogenous leukemia.
NEWS
April 29, 2011
Any educated scholar who has studied that journey knows that Bill Steigerwald simply hasn't enough facts to "debunk" that journey ("Sorry, Charley, Was Steinbeck's 'Travels with Charley' a fraud?" Reason magazine, April 2011"). For some reason the press continues to give this guy way too much ink ("Letters From The Editor: Somewhat let down by a boyhood hero," Daily Pilot, April 17). As far as I'm concerned, and I know mountains about that journey, the author of that Reason article is just another individual who wants to build a career on rumor and innuendo.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2011
"Face To Face": What seems to be a simple arbitration for a troubled young man becomes a series of revelations about class, sex, and race in this winner of the Audience Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Playing at 2 p.m. at the Regency Lido Theatre. "The Runaway": The uplifting story of a young boy who unites his community when an accidental visitor lands in his remote Irish town. Playing at 4:30 p.m. at the Regency Lido Theatre. "Time Traveler, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time": When her mother is left comatose after a car accident, Akira Yoshiyama embarks on a journey back in time.
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March 18, 2014
50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SHIREEN & JAMSHED DASTUR MADE FOR EACH OTHER 50 years ago today, in Mumbai, India began an incredible journey that has far exceeded our wildest expectations. Along the way came our three wonderful gifts from God, our precious children - Reina (1966), Kersas (1968) and Sehra (1976). We emigrated to the United States in 1970 and have lived the American dream, the last 22 years on beautiful Balboa Island. Along the way, we acquired two wonderful sons-in-law - Kent Ferguson for Reina in 1989 and Thomas Rowan for Sehra in 2008.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | March 23, 2013
They form an unlikely crew. A 25-year cop. The high school principal. The retired geologist. The software, real estate and oil guys. Six men in their 60s will embark this summer on a cross-country journey on road bikes, covering 3,667 miles toward a common goal: raising awareness - and $50,000 - for the Wounded Warrior Project. Dale Lawrence, 66, Pat Cavanagh, 64, Jim Webber, 66, Darryl Miller, 65, Tom Nelson, 66, and Ed DeMar, 67, all of Irvine, plan to ride 70 to 80 miles each day of the two-month journey.
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By Mark Davis | February 28, 2014
Lent, a religious season that is about so much more than avoiding chocolate, is drawing near. For many in the Christian faith, Lent is a time to reflect on the awful journey toward death that led to Jesus' crucifixion. One question that arises often on that journey is, "Why did Jesus have to die?" The most common answer to this persistent question was articulated by Anselm, the 11th-century Archbishop of Canterbury. He referenced God's justice and love. In keeping with the practices of his day, Anselm argued that it would have been an offense against God's honor for human sin to go unpunished.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kelly Atherton and By Kelly Atherton | August 2, 2012
It's a fabulous summer of reading for those who love chick lit. With so many titles being released in 2012, it's going to be hard to choose what book you should check out at the library to take with you for a little relaxing downtime at the beach. Rest assured, though, that none of the following titles will disappoint. The popular authors of this genre who we've all come to love — Emily Giffin , Sophie Kinsella , Beth Harbison and Jennifer Weiner — have all released new titles this year that are picking up some serious interest among avid readers.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | April 25, 2014
Q: What can you say to a 16-year-old boy who's an atheist? My wife and I were both brought up as Catholics, and we raised our two sons that way. They had all the appropriate sacraments — baptism, first communion, confirmation, etc. After the younger son, who's now declared himself an atheist, made his confirmation, we gave both boys some leeway in regard to attending Mass. While my wife was raised to think of herself as Catholic, in truth she does not practice and neither did her family.
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March 18, 2014
50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SHIREEN & JAMSHED DASTUR MADE FOR EACH OTHER 50 years ago today, in Mumbai, India began an incredible journey that has far exceeded our wildest expectations. Along the way came our three wonderful gifts from God, our precious children - Reina (1966), Kersas (1968) and Sehra (1976). We emigrated to the United States in 1970 and have lived the American dream, the last 22 years on beautiful Balboa Island. Along the way, we acquired two wonderful sons-in-law - Kent Ferguson for Reina in 1989 and Thomas Rowan for Sehra in 2008.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | March 11, 2014
Hoag Hospital and the Alzheimer's Family Services Center are sponsoring a spirituality conference on "Navigating the Journey of Caregiving" on March 28. The day begins with registration and a hot breakfast from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m., with the program following from 7:45 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at the Hoag Hospital Conference Center, One Hoag Drive, Newport Beach. Reservations are required by March 15 and there is no charge to attend. Space is limited. Call Alzheimer's Family Services Center at (714)
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By Mark Davis | February 28, 2014
Lent, a religious season that is about so much more than avoiding chocolate, is drawing near. For many in the Christian faith, Lent is a time to reflect on the awful journey toward death that led to Jesus' crucifixion. One question that arises often on that journey is, "Why did Jesus have to die?" The most common answer to this persistent question was articulated by Anselm, the 11th-century Archbishop of Canterbury. He referenced God's justice and love. In keeping with the practices of his day, Anselm argued that it would have been an offense against God's honor for human sin to go unpunished.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | September 13, 2013
On day 55 of his journey, Darrian Balongie stopped in Newport Beach to rest and change out his longboard, which had begun to crack from his sometimes rough coast-to-coast voyage. With a 40-pound backpack and bass guitar strapped to his back, the Memphis, Tenn., resident was on the tail end of skateboarding 4,300 miles from New York City to San Diego to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude has a special spot in Balongie's heart: It's the hospital that treated his young cousin so well in the months before his death from acute myelogenous leukemia.
NEWS
By Dan Evans | August 9, 2013
At just past 8:30 a.m., the neon sign flickered to life. Guthrie's Alley Cat had put out the welcome mat for the morning beer-and-shots crowd. The bar sits on Wall Street in Bakersfield, a narrow piece of concrete near downtown. My wife, Donna, and I are not nursing a nascent alcohol problem, nor are we particularly fascinated with people who prefer beer to bacon, or cocktails to Corn Flakes. We are attempting to document California's Wall Streets, places where people get their mail, go to work, meet their friends and, generally, live their lives.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | August 6, 2013
This post has been corrected, as noted below. An estimated 1,000 lobsters will fly into John Wayne Airport on Friday evening. If you cast a glance skyward, you won't notice any marine crustaceans suspended in mid-air. They will, instead, disembark from a refrigerated cargo line after departing from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. A truck driver will intercept the wax cardboard boxes and transport the live critters to Anderson Seafoods in Anaheim, where they will be stored overnight in large tanks.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | March 23, 2013
They form an unlikely crew. A 25-year cop. The high school principal. The retired geologist. The software, real estate and oil guys. Six men in their 60s will embark this summer on a cross-country journey on road bikes, covering 3,667 miles toward a common goal: raising awareness - and $50,000 - for the Wounded Warrior Project. Dale Lawrence, 66, Pat Cavanagh, 64, Jim Webber, 66, Darryl Miller, 65, Tom Nelson, 66, and Ed DeMar, 67, all of Irvine, plan to ride 70 to 80 miles each day of the two-month journey.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013
" Matt Costa" By Matt Costa Brushfire Records I'm not going to lie: A part of me was expecting to hear bagpipes in at least one song from Matt Costa's self-titled album after reading on his website that he recorded most of it in Glasgow, Scotland. But Costa's fourth and latest album with Brushfire Records put me in my place and presented me with 10 songs that showcased the Huntington Beach native's range when it comes to folk-pop. Coming in at 33 minutes long, the album takes you on an interesting journey.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 24, 2013
A catamaran floated through the air Thursday. A crane lifted the 35,000-pound vessel over the side of Lido Park Drive and placed it into Newport Bay between Lido Isle and the peninsula, launching it for the first time. Courage and Shannon Winter, along with their six children and Courage's brother Loyal, watched their new home float. They'd moved out of a hotel that morning and planned to sleep on board the 58-foot craft Thursday night. In March, the family from Bakersfield will head south to Mexico.
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