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 Hansen: One new Laguna visitor eradicated

Hansen: One new Laguna visitor eradicated

Nearly five years ago, one of the world's most destructive pests landed in Laguna Beach — the first time in the United States.

Chasing Down the Muse: So much going on, I was too busy to write my column

Early birdsong reached my ears as I gratefully snuggled deep under the covers with my thoughts. Wham. Oh, no. Suddenly, I remembered that I had a column to write.

Retail Therapy: Big deals on Aussie favorites

Lost in Oz: One of my favorite sample sales is back. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aussie designer collective the SYDNY will offer up to 75% off about a dozen brands, including tiger lily, Cleobella and the covetable Samantha Wills jewelry collection....

A Word, Please: Tips on how to avoid common apostrophe errors

Let's face it, grammar is more important for some people than for others. An ambulance driver probably has more important things to worry about than whether to hyphenate adverbs ending in "ly." (FYI: Don't do it.)

On Theater: Laugh a lot with 'Spamalot'

On Theater: Laugh a lot with 'Spamalot'

There's a fine line between satire and farce, but Monty Python's "Spamalot," closing its brief run this weekend at Golden West College, crosses that line back and forth repeatedly in a deliriously laughable production.

Retail Therapy: ASICS works out big deals

Sprint over: Athletic equipment company ASICS will host its next warehouse sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as next weekend, at 15350 Barranca Parkway, Irvine. A wide range of sizes of men's and women's athletic footwear and apparel will be available for up to...

Fitness Files: 3D printers could take transplants to new level

"Read this." My husband handed me the May 2015 Smithsonian.

A Word, Please: Danglers can render a sentence nonsensical

How big a problem is the dreaded dangler? In the real world, maybe not so big.

Out of the Blue: My Coachella pilgrimage

One thing America is especially good at is entertainment. When it comes to having a good time, we're No. 1. I say this because I spent last weekend at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

On Theater: A big, bad 'Wolf' --  maybe

On Theater: A big, bad 'Wolf' -- maybe

The latest, and last, in a series of world premieres in this year's Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory is a calculated mixture of elements from outer space and inner turmoil, a mesmerizing experience called "Mr. Wolf."

Retail Therapy: Reap (fun) and sow for Earth Day

Hug the planet: Celebrate Earth Day at a family-friendly event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the District at Tustin Legacy. Enjoy activities for all ages, food samples, giveaways, contests, music and more. Information: thedistricttl.com.

 Hansen: Laguna Beach still missing its star attraction

Hansen: Laguna Beach still missing its star attraction

The most iconic star in Laguna Beach is not a reality show celebrity. It's Pisaster ochraceus, the purple sea star.

Chasing Down the Muse: There's always change to spare in life

The mockingbird's sloppily constructed nest sits just below my office window. The tiny nest of the hummingbird nearby has already been vacated.

A Word, Please: Idiom takes the wind out of proper sails

They say marriage is all about give and take. Compromise. Meeting each other halfway.

Carnett: Life has been good in the nine years since diagnosis

Nine years ago this spring I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Hansen: Could our well of 'drought guilt' be dry?

 There is a theory in cultural anthropology that you can change a population's behavior through guilt.

Carnett: We may be specks in the cosmos but are never alone

We Christians view Holy Week as a time for self-examination and contemplation.

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