Hansen: Gay culture 2.0 hits Laguna Beach

Hansen: Gay culture 2.0 hits Laguna Beach

Drag queens are back in Laguna Beach.

Out of the Blue: Hotter, drier Januaries still hold us in thrall

We just learned 2014 was the hottest recorded year on the planet. I remember January of last year. It was like, well, January this year. Brilliant. Except for the minor inconvenience of being in a severe drought. Somehow our lawns are still green and our landscapes lush.

Hansen: Travel agents still make dreams happen

If you wait long enough, everything comes back: beards, vinyl, muscle cars and travel to Cuba.

Out of the Blue: Ranch decision is a big win for Laguna

Sweet Jesus. Our long, local nightmare is over.

Apodaca: Key issues to look for in education

When it comes to education, a new year doesn't necessarily mean much. School calendars straddle two years, and it's unlikely that the midway point between the first day of school and the last will bring sudden or momentous changes.

A Word, Please: Graduate at the top of your class in 'graduated' usage

National Public Radio recently asked listeners to submit their top grammar peeves.

Chasing Down the Muse: Be brave enough to share your work, yourself

You think of your art, whatever it may be, as the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgment of the gift you have been given, which is the life itself.—Stanley Kunitz

Around Town: Sessions on talking will benefit clinic

Psychologist Marion Jacobs will hold a five-session workshop on communicating in close relationships to raise funds for the Laguna Beach Community Clinic.

A Word, Please: Why do academics create such ponderous writing?

In September, the "Chronicle of Higher Education" published an article by linguist and Harvard professor Steven Pinker titled "Why Academics Stink at Writing."

The Gossiping Gourmet: Taste of Taiwan in an Irvine complex

The Gossiping Gourmet: Taste of Taiwan in an Irvine complex

Arbor Village, just off the 5 Freeway at Jeffrey Road in Irvine, is a treasure trove of Asian cuisine.

Fitness Files: I tried these remedies and now I'm a believer

I scoff at miracle cures, supplements and muscle braces.

Reel Critics: 'Woods' is lovely, dark and deep

"Into the Woods" is Disney's film version of Stephen Sondheim's award winning play. The plot borrows basic elements from "Cinderella," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rapunzel" and "Little Red Riding Hood." These children's stories are represented in several mix-and-match parts.

Hansen: Key issues in 2015 will require action

If you want to predict what will happen in Laguna Beach this year, just try defining Main Beach.

Out of the Blue: New mayor's words are music to my ears

Happy new year, Laguna! By now you have probably made a significant contribution to our landfill. The holidays are the last Hail Mary by corporate America to wring every last penny out of us. When it comes to consumption, we're No. 1.

Fitness Files: Merry Christmas ... and now, a healthy new year

My last article quoted WebMD, which pegged the average American as 23 pounds overweight.

Hansen: 2014 was a mostly tough year for Laguna

It was a strange year in Laguna Beach, which means we kept our reputation intact.

A Word, Please: Trickiness of 'none' complicated by too many words before the verb

Not long ago in this space, I wrote about exceptions to a grammar rule. I added, ""But none of those exceptions apply in modern publishing."