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 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:

A Word, Please: Writers who use semicolons aren't thinking about the reader

Here's a fun thing you can do with your writing: Take any two simple, clear sentences and use a semicolon to mush them into one. For example, imagine you have a paragraph with just two sentences.

The God Squad: Letting go of guilt is to admit you're flawed but redeemable

Q: Grace says I'm forgiven for my sins because of the perfect and finished work of Christ. I believe this. I am saved not because of my own goodness or efforts, but in spite of myself, based entirely on the goodness and mercy of God. Also, according to my faith, grace should provide freedom...

Fitness Files: Swollen finger traced to yucky origin

Sally showed up at our weekly hike holding her index finger in the air. Look at this, she said.

 Hansen: Old-timers' stories are in stock at the Sawdust

Hansen: Old-timers' stories are in stock at the Sawdust

 In case you didn't know, artists don't like drywall.

Fitness Files: Grateful for small steps toward being pain-free

I'm a reader who likes a story with a good ending, an epilogue and then to top it all off, an interview with the author.

Carnett: Another reason not to pick up hitchhikers

While on the East Coast this summer my wife, Hedy, and I picked up a hitchhiker.

Apodaca: Affordable world-class education shouldn't only be in California's past

If you caught the recent news that a smaller share of California residents were accepted as UC undergraduates this year, while the number of foreign and out-of-state admissions continued to rise, you likely were dismayed, even angry.

The God Squad: You don't need a psychic to trust in life after death

Q: My sister-in-law recently visited a psychic. I lost my daughter three years ago, at age 43. I lost my son when he was 3 days old, over 46 years ago. The psychic said my daughter and son were together in heaven, which made me very happy. My question is: Can a person grow older...

 Hansen: Online vacation rentals can miss the point

Hansen: Online vacation rentals can miss the point

Most people go on vacation to unwind, unplug and recharge, but in today's online service economy, where companies like Airbnb, VRBO and a host of others compete for pillow space, one thing is certain: You may need a vacation before the vacation.

Reader Report: Assistance League takes pride in support for Laguna's police dog

Reader Report: Assistance League takes pride in support for Laguna's police dog

One of the latest charitable causes for the Assistance League of Laguna Beach is Ranger, a police dog acquired by Laguna's department in October.

Chasing Down the Muse: Summer brings its own flavor — savor it

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. — Russell Baker

The God Squad: Mourners welcome any loving expression of sympathy

Q: Just yesterday, my daughter's friend gave birth to a baby who died immediately. The parents knew about a genetic problem and were medically prepared for this event, but no one is ever prepared emotionally. Other than generic words of comfort, is there a good way to pay respect to little...

Carnett: Do you have fleeting moments of bliss?

Have you ever experienced a euphoric, transcendental moment?

Fitness Files: Little sister scores a victory over illness

I have to stop everything and tell about the phone conversation I had two weeks ago with my little sister, Eleanor. She is "little" in a few ways — 10 years my junior and not even 5 feet tall and 88 pounds. She tells people, "Carrie and I look alike, but Carrie's 2 inches bigger everywhere."

A Word, Please: There is no rule against splitting infinitives

If you want to help another person — say, your employee — with his writing, there are several approaches you could take.

Hansen: No such thing as a small fire in Laguna

Hansen: No such thing as a small fire in Laguna

No one noticed the sirens at first.

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