| Aug 20, 2012
| 12:59 PM
With films like “Top Gun” and “Man on Fire,” Tony Scott made spectacle movies about men who live by a code and face death on their own terms -- spies and crime lords, race car drivers and fighter pilots. Recently, the director-...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 4:09 PM
A former editor of mine sometimes referred to what he called a "Hey, Martha" story.
That was his term for a story with an offbeat or amusing twist. In other words, if an old couple were rocking on their front porch while the husband read the paper, he...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 7:09 PM
A funeral may be an unlikely place to find inspiration.
But for Anne McCasland, it was an event that became her starting point in a quest to gather unique experiences that, one day, her grandchildren can tell as stories at her own memorial service.
| Apr 6, 2013
| 5:23 PM
Bill Bisch was in the midst of throwing a football during a family Thanksgiving game when his legs gave out and he fell face down.
The 57-year-old San Juan Capistrano resident was quickly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).
"MS changed my life...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 10:48 AM
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - Jagged peaks, a lucky glimpse of a bear or moose, and, of course, glaciers - these sights are just the tip of the iceberg at Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana.
Red, blue, yellow and white wildflowers fill the alpine...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 2:59 PM
As a lawyer, Jennifer McGrath's world can be a little black and white.
The city attorney for Huntington Beach brings color into it with her photography, which is on display in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal at John Wayne Airport.
| Feb 19, 2013
| 5:16 PM
Though we are a nation of summer travelers, that season isn't necessarily the best time to explore.
"I would argue Europe is better in the shoulder seasons," said Amy Farley, news editor at Travel + Leisure and author of the magazine's "Trip Doctor"...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Let's not kid ourselves.
None of us want to wait until summer for some fun in the sun. We all could use some rest and relaxation right about now, whether your family's idea of vacation heaven is a bluebird sunny day on a ski slope, a blue-sky sunny day...
| Jan 26, 2013
| 12:34 PM
In the Jan. 10 Glendale News-Press was an article titled “Rim of the Valley draws support.” I do not believe the supporters know the whole story. The proposed new national park covers an area two-thirds the size of Yosemite National Park....
| Jan 11, 2013
| 3:27 PM
Hi, my name is Alan, and I'm drunk with landscape.
I've just finished teaching a writing workshop in how to deploy setting in modern fiction, mainly, the modern novel, so I couldn't easily get the subject off my mind in any case. And now, just as the...
| Dec 30, 2012
Every New Year, Jeremy Evans made a promise to himself. This would be the year the Los Angeles freelance photographer and cinematographer would embark on the trip of a lifetime: a solo, 215-mile trek along the John Muir Trail in California's Sierra...
| Dec 9, 2012
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — It wasn't easy to tear myself away from the incredible skiing terrain at the Big Sky Resort in southwestern Montana. But when the opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park by snow coach and view bubbling geysers,...