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Aliso Beach, Calif. circa 1920

Then & Now: Aliso Beach

In the 1920s, dozens of tents could be seen pitched across the sand on Aliso Beach where George Wesley Wilson ran a campground. George...

Montage Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

On Sunday, May 15, 2016, nine celebrity chefs come together to prepare fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s...

“My Little Pony”

Being loosely categorized as a humor columnist, I am asked on occasion to write about other people’s funny experiences as if they were my...

Ken Auster

Ken Auster (July, 1949 – January, 2016)

Ken was an indefatigable motivator for all who crossed his creative path, whatever their pursuits.

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

What is there left to say of this extraordinary treatise? It’s 152 pages short, packed to the brim with elegant prose, elegiac...

Cynthia Jenkins

“Kiss and Tell” by Sugar Mama

My first kiss was from Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones. I typically like to end the story there, so people can fill in their own blanks...

Main Street Bar & Cabaret Relaunches as a Modern Destination

Nomi Moore sweeps into the room. She flawlessly mouths the lyrics to MNDR’s “Feed Me Diamonds” as she glides past the bar and offers...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: History & Mystery

Periodically I like to look back into the canon of a writer I admire and usually find gems lurking in their past, as well as a glimpse into...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Did You Ever Have a Family?” by Bill Clegg

Let me say up front: a terrific novel. The first fiction from memoirist, essayist, and literary agent, Bill Clegg, and before it has even...

Mind Open Wide

Shoshin (初心) is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind”. It refers to having an attitude of openness,...

Randy Kraft’s OC BookBlog: Short Reads x3

When time, distractions, or the simple desire for minimalist storytelling takes over, I recommend two short novels (one new, one older), a...

Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Sitting in meditation is an exercise in trying to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. As human beings we have been conditioned toward...