February 22, 2013
Q: The term "Mother Nature" is used a lot. We hear about Mother Nature's fury, Mother Nature's wrath or Mother Nature "throwing everything at us. " Isn't God in control of the weather? Where did Mother Nature come from and why the feminine angle? Curious minds want to know! — R., Dix Hills, NY, via my personal e-mail. (Hey, the guy is president of my synagogue!) A: I'm a bit embarrassed to say that all this talk originated with a margarine ad in the in which an actress dressed up as Mother Nature complained that "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!"
February 4, 2011
It seems that mothers can always tell when their children are telling a fib. Maybe it's the child's mannerisms, their eyes, or the sound of their voice when a child is not being honest and forthcoming. However the method, a mother knows what's true and what's not. Perhaps gardeners should take a lesson from their maternal relationship. Like the mischievous child, when a gardener tries to fool Mother Nature, they almost always fail. Mother Nature always knows the truth, and, in the end, Mother Nature will always impart her will.
January 27, 2000
-- Greg Risling Mother Nature wasn't done with Southern California on Tuesday night, dropping more needed rain on Orange County, which has had an uneventful first half of the rainy season. It was just the third time in seven months that the county has seen significant rainfall. Tuesday's totals amounted to about a half-inch of rain from the storm that chugged through the area. There was another .12 of an inch that fell after dark, causing several traffic accidents on Orange County freeways.
August 16, 2003
Kris O'Donnell For the second day, Mother Nature barely released enough wind to fill the sails of this year's participants in the 37th Governor's Cup Challenge taking place off Newport Beach. "We had a slow start this morning because we had to finish [Thursday's] portion of the round-robin competition," Sailing Administrator Ben Benjamin said. "Consequently, the competitors are staying out later today to try to complete today's portion of it. "If we don't get some cooperation [from Mother Nature]
November 28, 2002
I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my dog for keeping me safe while the day is going by. I am thankful for my mom to keep me healthy. I am thankful for my dad for keeping me from getting sick. I am thankful for my sister; she keeps me from being lonely. I am thankful to my mom and dad for keeping food on the table every night. I am thankful for my friends at school who play with me. I am thankful for my teacher for helping me get a good education.
November 12, 1999
Greg Risling NEWPORT BEACH -- It may be November, but it isn't stopping Mother Nature from providing surfers with well-formed waves. For the second day this week, surfers were given an autumn gift in the form of 4- to 6-foot waves. The south-to-southwest swells are expected to last through Saturday at most Southern California beaches. The big, slow rolling waves with long shoulders were evident at several locations off the Newport Beach coast. "Those are the types of waves you can put six to seven people on," said Lt. Jim Turner of the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department.
April 18, 2009
A son dies, another paralyzed for life. As parents, as humans, we ache for the families who endure these tragedies. Their lives are changed forever and we understand finding answers, getting justice becomes a mission. Two families are suing Newport Beach for these horrible events in the waters of Newport. The horrible truth is, we can’t stop these tragedies and defend Mother Nature. The city has done its best. The danger signs are posted at every entrance to the beach.
November 1, 2003
AVIVA GOELMAN November always brings back memories of living back east, watching the leaves on the trees turn from green to a rainbow of reds and ambers and oranges. November and the leaves turning always made me realize that it was time to say goodbye to another summer and welcome the chilled air, the rainy days and the episodes of snow and sleet. A writer whose name is unknown to me once wrote "that the leaves are the messengers of a new season, a new beginning, of new hope, new dreams and being together with those we love, as if Mother Nature's wrapping her arms around and whispering, 'Wake up, look around, I've put on a new dress for you.'" The Costa Mesa Senior Center, like Mother Nature, is putting on a new dress as the seasons change.
September 8, 2000
While you may never be able to stop the clock, dozens of mental and physical health gurus provide advice for slowing its progress in a host of library resources. Among the newest additions to the literature on aging is "Dr. Murray's Total Body Tune-Up," by the coauthor of the hugely popular "Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine." In his new work, Michael Murray, a prominent doctor of naturopathy, outlines a plan to adjust the major organs of the body using nutrition, vitamins, herbs and the body's natural drive to heal itself.
June 23, 2002
Summer. Water. Can you have one without the other? In our house, water is prerequisite. Between ocean waves, a backyard pool, a plethora of pools for water polo and swimming, and two fountains in the yard -- one front and one back-- our family spends the majority of the summer, and the year for that matter, surrounded by H2O. That fact makes me chief towel washer and occasional cheerleader in a family of fish. I'm not complaining: water elements are one of Mother Nature's most soothing and peaceful components.