The magic 
of the holidays.

To say that I love Christmas is an understatement! I love everything about it–selecting and purchasing our Christmas tree, shopping for loved ones, decorating our home, singing Christmas Eve service at our church, preparing Christmas dinner and enjoying the smells emanating from the kitchen, taking that first bite of mashed potatoes and gravy and then the turkey, seeing the delighted…

Let’s give thanks.

I always look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with my family. It was my mother that made Thanksgiving a special day for me growing up. My sister Joanie and I remember with fondness those wonderful smells wafting from the kitchen as she did her magic. We were raised by a Southern mother, so cornbread dressing was a standard for us, as…

Welcome, Autumn!

Autumn conjures up images from my childhood, as I grew up in Indiana. The Midwest always started getting cooler in October, and the leaves blossomed into bright yellows, oranges, browns and reds. It was always a sight to soothe the soul, and, I must admit, I do miss that glorious panorama living in California. I do know, however, the leaves…

The season begins!

September is a month of beginnings. School begins, concert seasons commence, and the charity season launches its fundraising efforts for the fall. Several of our nonprofits in the community are celebrating significant benchmarks. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is claiming its 30th season, beginning with the appearance of the legendary Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, formerly the Kirov Ballet, from St.…

Celebrating Two Years of Inspiring Community

Our magazine's publisher, Randy Harding, launched this publication two years ago on pretty much a wing and a prayer. He firmly believed in creating a community-inspired magazine that, as he puts it in his "Happy Birthday Newport Beach Lifestyle magazine" story in this issue, had to be "a publication where the local businesses could generate interest in their products and…

Celebrating Independence Day!

Our country will be 239 years old on the Fourth of July, our Independence Day. It seems fitting that our cover shows Betsy Ross and her handiwork, albeit a Pageant of the Masters recreation (with real people posing) made to look like Edward Percy Moran's "The Birth of Old Glory." The total recreation can be seen below with Ross showing…

June 2015 Editor’s Letter

 Summer is here!  It is June and time to start thinking about summer and what you'll be doing the next few months. With Father's Day approaching, it's a given fathers will be honored throughout the community on June 21st. One father, in particular, will be enjoying his family on the special day. I think you will enjoy reading about Newport Beach Mayor…

May 2015 Editor’s Letter

 Mother’s Day is here.  It is May and time to honor our mothers. My sweet mother has been gone for 11 years, but I will take the time on Mother’s Day, as I often do, to remember all the wonderful ways she touched my life.  This issue features several stories that showcase motherhood. I think you will enjoy Andrea Poe’s…