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The God Squad: Jews are justifiably worried about their declining numbers

Q: What's the big deal about marrying "in the faith" with Jews? Furthermore, why does being born into a particular faith impose a duty to preserve the traditions of the religion? I was raised as a Methodist but feel no obligation to advance the mythologies on which Methodism is...

In the Pipeline: A teary rose ceremony destined for the family photo album

In the Pipeline: A teary rose ceremony destined for the family photo album

It felt like a glimpse into the future. As my 18-year-old daughter took my arm and I began to escort her, I thought maybe this is what it will be like on her wedding day. And then, of course, I got a lump in my throat.

A Word, Please: The dummy word that holds things together

Have you ever thought about the word "do"? My advice is don't.

In the Pipeline: Pacific Coast League alumni, fans have a ball at reunion

In the Pipeline: Pacific Coast League alumni, fans have a ball at reunion

The group may get smaller each year, but it's no less passionate in its enthusiasm. That's what happens when a bunch of old players and fans get together to talk baseball. And not just any baseball, but the charming and mythical Pacific Coast League.

A Word, Please: Even people diligent about use of 'affect,' 'effect' get this wrong

A recent Google search for the phrase "affect positive change" turned up about 101,000 hits. Here's one near the top of the list, a December 2014 story by Monica Middleton on the Guardian website: "Social investment: a powerful tool to affect positive change."

 The Gossiping Gourmet: Bangkok Avenue is a modern take on tasty Thai fare

The Gossiping Gourmet: Bangkok Avenue is a modern take on tasty Thai fare

Bangkok Avenue recently opened in Huntington Beach and is being billed as a modern Thai restaurant.

In the Pipeline: Special kids, special Games

In the Pipeline: Special kids, special Games

It was one of those days that you don't forget: Saturday's opening ceremonies at the Special Olympics of Southern California's Orange County Spring Regional Games.

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.)

In the Pipeline: In memory of McKenna, parents fight on

In the Pipeline: In memory of McKenna, parents fight on

The story is laid out in brutal simplicity on the Wetzel family's website: "McKenna (Macky), a vivacious, seemingly healthy, 7-year-old from Huntington Beach was suddenly diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain stem tumor called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). DIPG tumors, like many...

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.

Mayo Clinic: Colic usually improves on its own within months

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 6-week-old granddaughter is extremely fussy for much of the day, sometimes crying off and on for four or five hours. I understand it's probably just colic, but should she be seen by a pediatrician to rule out other problems? Is there anything we can do to help her?

In the Pipeline: Bag-ban law built on deception

In the Pipeline: Bag-ban law built on deception

I was buying items for a cookout recently at a grocery store in Santa Cruz when the checkout person asked if I wanted to purchase a paper bag for 25 cents. I said no. Then I asked, "Wait a minute, 25 cents?"

 On Theater: 'Murder for Two' is a wacky ride

On Theater: 'Murder for Two' is a wacky ride

The best way to enjoy "Murder for Two," the latest production at the Laguna Playhouse, is to avoid attempting to mentally solve the crime by using the evidence presented and instead just sit back and watch the killer instincts of two exceptional young actors at the top of their game.

Retail Therapy: Feast your ears on Lord of the Strings

String thing: The next installment in the Lord of the Strings concert series will be held at 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday at SoCo Collection, 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. Carl Verheyen of Supertramp fame will perform, while LCA Wine offers wine selections and the new Bistro Papillote provides...

My Pet World: Powerful new preventives kill fleas faster than ever

Along with spring showers and flowers come fleas. The pests are a sure bet in most parts of the country, but some places have it worse than others.

In the Pipeline: Winning essay, Taste of H.B. are community highlights

In the Pipeline: Winning essay, Taste of H.B. are community highlights

This week I'm proud to announce the winner of my annual In the Pipeline high school essay competition: Victoria Lee from Fountain Valley High School.

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