February 4, 2005
MAXINE COHEN When is a couch not a couch? No, this is not a koan (or a Cohen -- ha ha), nor have I turned into Houdini. There is an answer, so let me back up. Over the holidays, my daughter, Carolyn, asked if her friend, Deirdre, could come home with her as she had no family to celebrate with. Despite my misgivings, I said yes. The thought of anyone being alone was just too sad for any other answer. But I knew I'd get to spend less time with Carolyn, whom I don't get to see very often, and I don't have enough beds to accommodate everyone.
January 14, 2005
Tom Titus There is a moment, in the second act of Christopher Shinn's "On the Mountain," now in its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, when the play's leading actress -- the remarkable Susannah Schulman -- grabs her audience by the heart and clings for dear life as years of past indiscretions and casual romances rise up to torment her. And we, breathlessly, share her agony. "On the Mountain" takes a subject most identifiable to youthful audiences -- the Seattle grunge music scene of the early 1990s -- and makes it not only palatable but captivating to older audiences whose appreciation of rock 'n' roll expired when The Beatles disbanded.
November 11, 2004
Rick Devereux Corona del Mar High senior Taylor Meehan is getting used to making transitions from spacious environments to more crowded surroundings. The 18-year old Meehan moved from Park City, Utah, to Balboa Island last year and switched from inside linebacker on the football team to defensive end in the fourth week of the season following injuries to the regular starter on the defensive line. "The biggest difference [between Utah and California]
August 3, 2004
Kris Hartwell, who helped lead Estancia High to the CIF Southern Section Division III boys volleyball championship last spring, will continue his career at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colo. Hartwell, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter who earned first-team All-CIF Division III honors, plans to major in business at JWU, home of the Wildcats, who compete in the NAIA. Hartwell was named Co-Golden West League Player of the Year, sharing the award with teammate Josh Kornegay.
February 13, 2004
Of all the ordinances to come down from City Hall over the years -- many of which have been good for Newport Beach -- the new ordinance that requires horseback riders to pick up poop from their horses takes the cake for being the most ridiculous. The argument that a little horse manure here and there poses a serious bacterial threat to the Upper Newport Bay is ludicrous. The fact that some biologist says it's so doesn't make it so at all. All it shows is his or her preference toward removing horses from the trail system of the Back Bay. Another biologist of equal credentials could tell you just the opposite: that horse manure is rich in nutrients and amino acids, which are essential building blocks for the Back Bay's ecosystem.
January 2, 2004
JOHN DEPKO "Cold Mountain" is a stunning film that is beautiful to behold in every respect. Outstanding direction, cinematography and music set the tone for each scene. There is no denying the first-rate acting by Nicole Kidman and Jude Law as star-crossed lovers whose romance is rudely interrupted for three long years by the horrors of the Civil War. But this is a movie that can be admired for its many excellent parts, while the enterprise as a whole might leave us wanting more.
December 2, 2003
ROBERT GARDNER I'm not exactly Ebenezer Scrooge. I don't stand on my rooftop shouting, "Bah, humbug," as the holidays approach. I don't think I could get up on the roof at my age, but if I could, that wouldn't be my purpose. At the same time, I don't exactly go out of my way to celebrate the holidays, either. I suppose my attitude could be characterized as benign indifference. Why one Thursday people should bustle to work and another Thursday they should stuff themselves with food has always puzzled me. Katy, my wife, loved holidays, and my lack of enthusiasm was a sore point.
October 30, 2003
Niki Bannister This summer, my father, Wayne Bannister, and I conquered the legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. We had previously climbed the Grand Tetons in Wyoming and hiked every weekend when I was home from college. But nothing quite prepared me for all of the emotions I would encounter: excitement, fear, doubt and joy. After flying to Kenya and experiencing a spectacular safari, our journey to climb the mountain began. We drove early in the morning toward Marungu, Tanzania.
January 29, 2003
Lolita Harper It's probably a good thing the students of Whittier Elementary School were not in the mountains because the fervor and pitch of their giggles and shrieks at Tuesday's snow day could have caused an avalanche. Nuzzled in the far corner of the school's playground were 20 tons of snow with hundreds of euphoric youngsters reveling in it. Freckle-faced Farah Fox was among those who was the most excited. She spoke in rapid narrative about her adventures in the snow, pausing only briefly to catch her breath and dodge a nearby sled.
November 3, 2002
Good things continue to mount for Daily Pilot Sports. I would presume, since you're reading this, you've found these pages as the "B" section of the Pilot, something that hasn't happened for many years. Beginning today the Sports on Sundays will come in this format, with expanded space and a continued emphasis on "Locals Only." We found our way back to Sundays in February of 2001, and finally came back to the Anteaters at UC Irvine last fall. That's a long way from where we were during the dark ages when the Daily Pilot went from a seven-days-a-week daily to six, then the horrible threes in '93 before bouncing back to five days a week, then six days a week, and now back to every day, with a "B" section on Sundays, as well as the customary Thursdays and Saturdays.