A Word, Please: It's better to avoid writing upside down

London is a place that gets a lot of rain.

Hansen: Car racing speaks to his soul

Hansen: Car racing speaks to his soul

Professional race car driver Rick Knoop flies around the track at more than 200 mph, but on the streets of Laguna Beach he tools around in a VW Bug.

Hansen: Today's news hides tough past for gays

On Monday, exactly one week after the Supreme Court helped open the gates for same-sex marriage, gay seniors will walk into the Laguna Beach Susi Q Senior Center seeking help and connection.

Apodaca: Teachers walk a blurry line in sharing opinions

A former Newport Harbor High School English teacher has reportedly sued the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, alleging that administrators retaliated against her because she raised objections to cat dissections in science classes.

 Hansen: Dogs win parade but cats rule the world

Hansen: Dogs win parade but cats rule the world

It all started with the cat lady.

A Word, Please: Don't forget to send punctuation a card

National Punctuation Day, which took place on Wednesday, turned 10 this year. The brainchild of Northern California education booster Jeff Rubin, the annual event aims to help kids learn about periods, commas, quotation marks and the rest.

Apodaca: Educators mining Minecraft for learning

What if there was a way for students studying history to build a replica of Ancient Rome? Or for kids learning about California missions to forgo the sugar-cube models — projects that well-intentioned but misguided parents often take over anyway — and instead design and construct their...

A word, please: A notion writers should be disabused of

If I had a nickel for every time I've written about ending sentences with prepositions, I'd be about 5 cents shy of that Frappucino I've had my eye on. (I'd probably also be one of the top earners in what remains of the newspaper industry, but that's a subject for another day.)

Apodaca: A forgettable night on ship provides lasting memories

When I read about the Pilgrim of Newport's recent visit to Newport Harbor, it brought me back to a memorable night spent aboard the 118-foot replica of an 18th-century merchant ship.

Hansen: Salt sellers find a niche through farmers markets

Hansen: Salt sellers find a niche through farmers markets

It may be unlucky to spill salt, but it's good luck to sell it.

Out of the Blue: Checking of Madison's resume was fair play

It's finally fall and the tourists are gone. It feels like we in Laguna Beach can breathe again. It's a return to parking and civility. Unless, of course, you are running for office. In that case, buckle your chin strap.

Chasing Down the Muse: Sweet memories of sticky days

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going. — Tennessee Williams

Hansen: Here is what the people want, council

In the run up to the Laguna Beach City Council race in November, I thought it would be interesting to randomly survey people around town and ask them, "What are the top issues that the new council should solve?"

Hansen: Tourist season is over, but for how long?

Hansen: Tourist season is over, but for how long?

Come out, Laguna Beach, come out. It's safe now. The tourists are gone.

Fitness Files: The healing power of laughter

A few years ago, I read about laugh therapy. People met and laughed, not at anything in particular — just laughed. "Ridiculous," I thought.

Out of the Blue: Moving Laguna forward without more cars

The Laguna Beach City Council meeting Aug. 19 saw two momentous agenda items for multimodal mobility improvements. The city was eager to move them forward, with the theme of the night being, "Let's get 'er done."

Hansen: Laguna Beach surfing is a family ride

Some people may think surfing is a solitary sport — one person conquering nature — but the reality is that riding the waves is not just about water. It's also about the push, energy and support of family, teachers and the community.