The God Squad: Prayer can't change the world, but it can change us

Question: Since losing our young daughter three years ago, many well-meaning friends and acquaintances have told me that prayer is the answer. After all, their prayers have been answered! I've seen comments posted on their Facebook pages like, "Thank you for your prayers; he is better now."...

A Word, Please: 'Rules' are sometimes just a matter of style

If you feel like one of the unfortunate few who missed out on a good grammar education, welcome to the club. Almost everyone I've ever talked to about the subject feels the same way — as if they were out sick the day that everyone else in school learned everything there is to know about word...

Fitness Files: Extolling the benefits of a midday nap

Just fell asleep on the computer keyboard. Gave up writing to take a nap.

 Hansen: Laguna fashion truck joins the mobile fleet

Hansen: Laguna fashion truck joins the mobile fleet

 Perhaps it's no surprise that we've already moved beyond the food truck.

The God Squad: Readers weigh in on the importance of passing on faith to children

I received lots of comments on my recent column about an interfaith couple having a tough time deciding whether or not to get married — and if they did, how to pick the faith in which to raise their children.

Fitness Files: You can't judge a hike-dusty woman by her cover

Seated at a round table at a Starbucks in Newport Coast, I listened, privileged to be part of a new group of woman — not my weekly hiking buddies. These ladies are trail runners, ultramarathoners, 100-mile-bike riders and open-water swimmers.

Apodaca: With girls joining more sports, safety is growing issue

Some of you may have heard the story of a Utah girl who addressed a school assembly in March and asked if there were any girls who wanted to play tackle football.

A Word, Please: Clarity is a bigger asset than business-speak

Great news! I just received an action item — a request from a colleague to utilize core competencies. Here's an excerpt from the email he sent me.

Chasing Down the Muse: My path is leading me toward good works

If you light a path for somebody, it will also brighten your path. — Buddha

The God Squad: Trying to raise kids both Jewish and Christian is not fair

Q: I admire your column for its wisdom, common sense and spiritual insights and hope you can provide guidance for our family. We are Reform Jews with a strong Jewish identity. We light candles on Shabbat, observe major holidays, don't eat bread on Passover and have visited Israel many times,...

Apodaca: CdM needs more than a conviction to move on from scandal

It would be nice to write that last week's guilty plea and sentencing of former tutor Timothy Lance Lai closed the book on Corona del Mar High's notorious computer hacking and cheating scandal, allowing the school to move on with dignity and restore its tattered reputation.

A Word, Please: A more complete story about sentence fragments

When I was a kid, the "Do as I say, not as I do" school of parenting reigned supreme. Those adults lecturing children on the dangers of smoking? Smokers, one and all.

The God Squad: 'Go Set a Watchman' offers lessons about human frailty

Q: I've just finished reading Harper Lee's second novel, "Go Set A Watchman." Reviews have cited the lower quality of the writing compared to "To Kill A Mockingbird," and I agree. However, much more importantly, the book presents an opportunity for readers, and all Americans, to begin a...

Fitness Files: Hangovers are more complex than often believed

I admire friends who bask in the relaxed glow of a glass of wine.

Apodaca: Parents find new way to embarrass kids

The Internet has given us many positive advancements, not the least of which is that I'm able to find the perfect pair of espadrilles when it's 2 a.m. and I can't sleep.

A Word, Please: One less reason to trust the news media

Robert Siegel of National Public Radio, Jason Stallman of the New York Times and every other journalist who uses "fewer" with confidence, please take a seat. You're about to get a lesson in language that you didn't think you needed. There's a gaping hole in your grammar skills — a shocking...

 Hansen: Riders pay for free trolleys with headaches

Hansen: Riders pay for free trolleys with headaches

It's hard to be a Laguna Beach trolley in the summer.

Mesa Musings: 'How did you ever convince her to marry you?'

My wife, Hedy, has been caught up in a belated spring-cleaning frenzy for the past few days.

Apodaca: Educational equality has big economic component

UC Irvine professor Greg J. Duncan has devoted his career to answering some of the most critical questions facing our society today: