November 15, 2001
Stephen Santacroce As a child, Thanksgiving didn't really rank high on my list of holidays. Christmas, of course, was the biggie, as my sister and I eagerly awaited Santa's arrival and all the fun toys that came with it. Halloween was a close second; who could resist all that candy, even if my dad did eat most of it after mom put it away so we wouldn't get stomachaches? Easter was next on the list. Searching the house for the little chocolate eggs my parents hid was always something to look forward to, even if a few seemed to be ones from last year that hadn't been found.
November 30, 2003
PETER BUFFA Do you get it? I don't. It's the same story, the same images every year -- the morning after Thanksgiving -- people lining up before dawn, employees unlocking the doors then running for their lives as shoppers shove their way inside, some using their shopping carts for a battering ram. Seriously, do you get it? I don't get it. I understand the sale part. Things that are a certain price on other days are cheaper on Friday after Thanksgiving.
December 7, 2004
FLO MARTIN Ah, the holidays -- a time of celebration, a time of shared joys, a time for making new memories. My husband and I celebrated this Thanksgiving and our wedding anniversary by sharing a trip to Coronado Island. We walked Old Town San Diego. We traveled by ferry, and we strolled along the Coronado Bay. We marveled at the famous old hotel with the cupola domes, and we sat, hand in hand, in awe of a stunning Coronado sunset. The sunlight in front of us reflected on the windows of a high-rise condo complex directly behind us. Old memories came flooding back, memories of my childhood and beyond.
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.
November 11, 2000
Two very glamorous Orange County women, Pat Rypinski and Patricia Ann Marshall, both of Newport Beach, greeted the arriving crush Thursday evening on the patio fronting the new Bridge of Gardens at South Coast Plaza. Some 150 guests converged on the terrace in support of the Candlelight Concert, a major holiday fund-raiser benefiting the Orange County Performing Arts Center and presented by the Center's board of directors. The terrace was transformed from its stark contemporary landscape into a magical European topiary garden replete with living statues.
November 26, 2010
Here are some leftovers for you on the day after Thanksgiving. Turkey. This fowl is also known as the Facilities Management West's deal with the state to buy the 150-acre Orange County Fairgrounds for $150 million. It's already generated one lawsuit, and rumors are swirling around town that additional litigation will be filed next week to block the transaction. The game plan for the deal's opponents appears to be this: Use litigation to run out the clock on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's term, which ends Jan. 3. Then, lobby the new administration of Jerry Brown to kill the ill-conceived deal that lacks any community support and reeks of an inside job. As a bonus, Brown could fire the fair board members en masse (this whole fiasco — including the wasted tax dollars — can be squarely placed on their shoulders)
November 21, 2009
Seriously? Thursday is Thanksgiving? I don’t see how that’s possible. But it is, apparently, and you and I and just about everyone will have to deal with it. Checking the T-Day folder, we find that in years past we have done the history of Thanksgiving; how to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner; how not to; how to prepare a traditional Italian Thanksgiving dinner; and what to do with T-Day leftovers. This year, given everything that’s going on in the nation and the world, it is time to examine what Thanksgiving really means, why it matters, and what we need to keep in mind as we approach another annual day of thanks.
December 1, 2009
Each day he doesn’t turn himself in, the man who killed a Corona del Mar resident on Thanksgiving Day digs himself a deeper hole, prosecutors said Tuesday. Clinton “C.J.” Hubbard, 27, was punched in the head just before 2 a.m. outside The Code restaurant in Newport Beach. The impact burst a blood vessel in Hubbard’s brain, family members said. He was taken off life support Friday night, with family by his side, his sister, Jessica Johnson, said. The man who punched him ran off before authorities arrived, family members said.
December 4, 2004
CINDY TRANE CHRISTESON "A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues." -- CICERO "Are you still thankful?" I asked the woman as she rang up my groceries. "I am thankful each and every day. God has been so good to me," she replied. "I really appreciated our discussion the day before Thanksgiving when you came in. I had just waited on two unhappy women; one was angry that she couldn't find a place to park, and the other was upset about the long lines in the store.
November 23, 2001
June Casagrande COSTA MESA -- As any dog can tell you, family is where you find it. And anywhere you find it, they know, there's reason to be thankful. For about 16 regulars of Costa Mesa's Bark Park, this spirit took shape Thursday in turkey and terriers, pumpkin pie and poodles, stuffing and schnauzers. "We all see each other so much, we're like family," said Maxi Morrison, a Newport Beach resident whose four schnauzers were star spangled with glitter at the Thanksgiving dinner for dog park die-hards.