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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
It's been about four years since I last wrote about dogs in Huntington Beach. But I wasn't really writing about dogs then. I was writing about people – irresponsible people who don't leash their dogs, pick up after their dogs or control their dogs and make me pity the dogs they own.
The OC Fair kicks off Friday, and it's a big one this year, the 125th anniversary of what has become, in many ways, the county square.
Which is right: preventive or preventative?
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."
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...
If you want to help another person — say, your employee — with his writing, there are several approaches you could take.
There's a clear religious limit on celebrating nations. Nations can usurp God as the object of our reverence and awe. This can produce fascism or communism at its extreme. Even moderate forms of nation worship can become spiritually problematic.
In 1999, a fairy princess alighted next door. Through the slats of our redwood fence, we caught glimpses of golden curls, a lemon-yellow tulle dress and magic wand. Sometimes she looked down from her upstairs balcony, diamond tiara flashing. We loved her chime-like singing voice and tippy-toe...
"Since I gave up hope, I feel much better." The slacker attitude of this once-popular bumper sticker has gone the way of Lehman Brothers and pension plans. But if we apply the same idea to grammar, the message is timeless: Since I gave up hope, I talk much better.
We've been here before and we'll be here again. But how should we respond?
Opened Pam's email Sunday morning to see a mountain-shaped diagram of the Oakland half-marathon her daughter had completed minutes before. This race had an elevation gain of 1,752 feet.
When it comes to local historical discoveries, I had quite a surprise recently, as you'll read in a bit.
The hardest thing about English grammar isn't grammar. Not in the strictest sense of the word, anyway. Narrowly speaking, grammar has to do with the way we order and inflect words to make sentences.
Costa Mesa's glamorous restaurateur Elizabeth An, of South Coast Plaza's AnQi, was invited to present its signature Asian fusion cuisine at the James Beard House in New York.