Bonner Paddock exemplifies the word “grit.” At 33, the Laguna Beach resident became the first person with cerebral palsy to summit Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted. A few years later, in 2012, he finished the grueling Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii – another astounding feat of endurance.
Between training and working full
With her blonde locks and flawless skin, Gray became the advertising face of St. John, the high-end knitwear firm founded by her parents in 1962, modeling in ads as early as age 15. The Newport Harbor High School graduate earned an entrepreneurial education rising in the company, taking over as CEO before turning 30. After eventually stepping aw
Can’t decide if you want a limousine, sports car, rolling cocktail lounge, or Wi-Fi-enabled mobile workstation?
Starting at almost $340,000, the new Bentley Mulsanne Speed is not going to be all things to all people; instead it will be many things to a select few. Think: multitasking mogul types with a penchant for high-performance
Two years ago, Collin Diller was a full-time college student in need of a new table. Rather than peruse Craigslist or navigate Ikea, the Laguna Beach resident decided to make his own. The son of a retired general contractor, Diller had access to “every tool under the sun.” Working at a lumberyard, he could also get his hands on plent
The true madness that lies within the heart of March Madness, the annual fixation that is the three-week NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, isn’t inside any arena nor in the tens of thousands of offices where otherwise conscientious workers stare at TVs, cheering or despairing over how their brackets are faring. Ground zero for
To say that Marcelo Gomes is an accomplished dancer is an understatement. After joining American Ballet Theatre in 1997, he became a principal dancer in 2002. In the years since, the Brazilian-born Gomes has put together a string of iconic roles, including the part of Othello, which won him the Prix Benois de la Danse. This month, he will dance
Raised in the British military town of Aldershot, outside of London, Malcolm Warner found a welcome escape in the pages of art books, entranced by distant landscapes and the faces of people who lived centuries ago. He studied art at the University of London, earning a doctorate from the prestigious Courtauld Institute of Art, and moved to the Un
One of Finland’s favorite sons is also one of Southern California’s favorite sports heroes. Ducks superstar Teemu Selanne, now retired from hockey, loves to talk about his native land, and especially his hometown, Helsinki. Like Selanne, it is one-of-a-kind, a stylish player on the world’s stage. Before the Finnish Flash sk
Dean Koontz doesn’t get out much and that’s entirely by design.
The author of thrillers, such as the recent “Saint Odd” and scores of earlier best-sellers such as “Watchers” and “Intensity,” says he likes to put in at least 60 hours a week at the keyboard of his old-fashioned MS-DOS compute
Though austerity advocates and recently elected council members may disagree, the architectural community’s consensus on the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park is as clear as the ocean view from the end of its pedestrian bridge. The design by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson recently won one of 23 Honor Awards from the American Institute of Archit
Photography by Joni Sternbach
Long ago, in my college years, I took a class in semiotics. The first day there were 30 students and we were greeted by a bearded professor wearing tattered Birkenstocks and offering a challenge. “Your entire grade will be based on one, final paper. It can be on anything, but you must convince
The beaches at Cameo Shores in Corona del Mar are rocky, not your typical sandy ones. However, they provide exceptional opportunities for photography, exploring the tidepools and practicing your hiking skills over slippery rocks.
What are year-end investment decisions?Year-end investment decisions may sometimes result in substantial tax savings. Tax planning may allow you to control the timing and method by which you report your income and claim your deductions and credits. The basic strategy for year-end pl
Linda English loves comfort food. When you walk into Filomena’s, her Costa Mesa restaurant, instantly you feel as if you’re visiting a friend’s house. “In Italian homes, everyone always gathers in the kitchen,” she says. “I don’t know anyone who uses a traditional family room anymore.” When you eat
The ninth Annual Halloween Surf Event brought over 100 surfers to the Newport Pier. It was a perfect day: warm air, warm water and 2-3 foot waves. Surfers of all ages showed their creativity for costumes as well as their surfing skills to the delight of their beach audience.
Bulls on the Beach, a Professional Bull Riders (PBR) competition, rode into Huntington Beach on Saturday. Over 5,000 enthusiastic fans watched fifteen of the world's best riders try to ride fifteen of world's the best bulls. Matt Triplett from Montana won the event, $7,500 and 88 points toward the PBR World Finals that takes place in
On most afternoons and evenings, Knott’s Berry Farm, the “other” amusement park in Orange County, is merely the landmark for commuters on the eastbound 91 and southbound 5 that equates to a collective sigh of relief as drivers are released from the snarls of notorious LA traffic.
In October, Knott’s Berry
Peace for Liberia started with a dream. One night as Leymah Gbowee was sleeping, a voice told her that she needed to gather the women of her church together to pray for peace. Admittedly she thought this was crazy. But, after decades of warfare, she was determined to try anything. So in June 2002, Gbowee spoke before the congregation at the St.
Huntington Beach is Surf City. Not just for humans, either. Dog's Unleashed, the sixth annual Dog Surfing festival, turned Dog Beach into a sandy canine surf competition. Single and tandem events brought laughter and wild cheers from the hundreds who attended. Entrants came from as far as Brazil to show off their pets.
Long Beach Comic Con provided lots of entertainment for the entire family. In addition to panels of superhero creators and comic books collectors and paraphernalia producers , hundreds of interestingly attired cos players mingled with fans at the Long Beach Convention C
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure brought more than 20,000 supporters to Newport Beach on Sunday. Participants of all ages joined in the race/walk through the pristine corridors of Fashion Island in support of finding a cure
Orange County’s Pacific Festival was a big success this summer. A nearly sold out crowd ventured to the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Aug. 16 to enjoy live indie dance music while swimming in the ocean, dancing in the sand and soaking up the beach city’s almost-t