Enjoy the Holidays!

The holiday are here and with it the many opportunities to celebrate the season. I hope you will take a look at our Holiday Happenings feature and plan to attend some of the lovely offerings right here in our community. Not many people live around a famous Christmas boat parade called "One of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation" by…

Giving Thanks!

November brings thoughts of Thanksgiving Day and all that entails. Thanksgiving Day at our house is about family and sharing the wonderful aromas from the kitchen that make that particular meal so special. We rely on the recipes that my sister and I grew up with, and the meal never disappoints. The day is also about being thankful for so…

Philanthropy is Alive and Well in Orange County!

October is our Philanthropy Issue, and we never have a shortage of nonprofits and people to feature. Jill Johnson-Tucker and Jennifer Van Bergh had an epiphany moment 25 years ago and because of their tenacity, a 50-member group called the Harvesters was born to support Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB). The group is committed to end hunger in Orange County…

Love of the Arts

As a life-long lover of the arts, this issue is a particular favorite of mine. With feature stories on the Irvine Barclay Theatre and Arts Orange County (ArtsOC), you will enjoy hearing about what is happening with these two successful nonprofits.

Summer Pleasures

Summer always brings to mind my Mid-West upbringing and, as a child, catching lightning bugs in a jar, playing kick the can and enjoying family picnics. The only thing that would carry on in California would be the family picnics, and, here in Orange County, those picnics could be in a Duffy Boat!

Summer Fun!

I always love summer. Here we are approaching celebrating our nation's birthday on July 4th and all that entails–family gatherings, barbecues, picnics, fireworks. You know that whatever the weather, summer is really here! This summer, our community is celebrating the 50th birthday of one of our community icons–Sherman Library and Gardens. The history of the community mainstay is fascinating. To…

Ode to Men!

Father's Day is celebrated Sunday, June 18th this year, and we are pleased to feature Newport Beach Police Chief Jon T. Lewis and his family on our cover. Lewis is a loving husband to his wife Darcy and a dedicated dad to their children Claire and JT. Declaring his family as "the most important thing in my life," Lewis carries…

Let’s Celebrate Mothers!

It is time to celebrate mothers, as Mother's Day on May14th is the day set aside to do so. My mother passed on 12 years ago, and I cherish all the wonderful, loving memories she gave me throughout my life. Our Mother's Day story in this issue features Isabelle Villaseñor, whose mother demonstrated unconditional love her entire life and gave…

Let’s Travel!

I've always enjoyed traveling, whether in the U.S. or abroad. My first experience over the "big pond" (Atlantic Ocean) was a year out of college, when I decided to go to Europe (I have no idea where that came from–I was from Indiana and had never flown on a plane!). So, I flew to London and joined 48 people I…

Much to Celebrate!

It is hard for me to believe that South Coast Plaza is 50 years old. I remember my husband and I moving to Orange County in 1969, and the retail center was newly-opened–literally in the bean fields. There was a Sears and May Co. and a long string of stores between the two anchors. Plus, there were no high-rises in…

Romance is in the Air!

I always like February and the celebration of Valentine's Day. I know there are criticisms of it becoming too commercialized, but I still like it. I know it helps that I'm married to a wonderful man (for 48 years, I might add) and through the years we've celebrated Valentine's Day in any manner of ways. After all is said and…

Happy Holidays!

Always a joyous time of year, Christmas and the holidays bring smiles to just about everyone's faces. There are two holiday traditions that stand out every year that originated right here in Newport Beach–Hoag Hospital's "Christmas Carol Ball," this year celebrating its 50th year–and Women of Chapman's "Christmas at The Ritz" holiday soiree commemorating 30 years this year. Either benefit,…

Giving Thanks

This time of year always brings thoughts of Thanksgiving Day and all that special day means–sumptuous aromas from the kitchen, the time spent with loved ones and a chance to ponder the things for which we are truly thankful.

Autumn is Upon Us!

Autumn always brings thoughts of the glorious panorama of leaves that have turned bright yellow, orange and red! Please indulge me–I'm from the Mid-West, where taking in the beauty of autumn was always a highlight. That's why I have that dynamic on the cover. However, October in California is time to celebrate wine harvests (see our feature on "The Best…

Loving the Arts!

I have loved the arts my entire life. I must admit it has mainly been the performing arts, since I began singing solos for audiences when I was in sixth grade and all through high school and college, when I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University. Then, it was on to teaching vocal music…

A Special Summer!

This is a special summer–the summer of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games! Our cover of beach volleyball's three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings reflects that. Having won three Olympic gold medals with partner Misty May-Trainor, she is competing in her fourth Olympics with 2012 Olympic silver medalist April Ross, in hopes of winning a fourth gold medal…

Ode to Summer

Summer is here! We were celebrating Christmas just six months ago, and now we're gearing up for summer and all it brings. For some, it means planting a vegetable garden, or if you're not an urban farmer, you are looking forward to enjoying the wonderful produce this time of year offers.

It’s About the Men!

Our Men's Issue showcases one of our own, Andrew (Andy, to those who know him) Theodorou, who you might know as executive VP and GM of the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, but who is featured here as a father. It seemed appropriate to talk about an exceptional dad, since June 19th is Father's Day. Theodorou was very close…

In Praise 
of Mothers

Our mothers are our lifeline. They are there for us through thick and thin and everything in-between. And, if we're lucky, they see us happily married with a family (didn't happen with me, but my sister came through!). We do go through stages of thinking maybe she doesn't know best, but in the end, she does, and that's that! I…

Ode to Travel

Don't we all love to travel? Whether it's to family and friends in another town or state, or abroad, where we enjoy experiences exposing us to different cultures, it is always invigorating. I remember deciding at age 23 that I wanted to travel to Europe. For a young girl from Indiana who had never been in an airplane or west…

Food for Thought

Food is the stuff of life, at least that's the way I think of it. I look forward every day to being able to have a wonderful food experience. It doesn't have to be gourmet. It could be a favorite hamburger or chocolate shake or hot dog, and I can tell you exactly where I would go to partake. It…

Valentine Love

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” Records tell us that approximately 150 million cards are exchanged annually on this day of romance we call Valentine's Day, making it the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

Welcome 2016!

I can't believe another year has begun. I always look forward to new beginnings, and here we are, looking at 2016. I don't know about you, but I usually make a few New Year's resolutions. It seems the right thing to do when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, the Waterford Crystal Ball drops in New York's Times Square…