One Last Lesson From Charles Krauthammer: How You Die Speaks Volumes About How You Lived

EDITOR’S NOTE: Charles Krauthammer died June 21 at age 68. RIP Charles — we will miss you! SOMETIMES, I FEEL THE PULL of my Native American ancestors. My Indian blood lines are from my great-grandmother Marion Beaver, who was from the Narragansett tribe, and I  feel them tugging at me sometimes, particularly when it comes

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Queen Elizabeth Should Be Proud: Her TV Counterpart Is Finally Getting Paid Properly

LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE, one of my very favorite shows on TV today is the Netflix original The Crown. I love it for the same reason’s I loved Mad Men — it brought me up to speed on an era I was too young to fully appreciate but just old enough to vaguely remember. But,

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Retiring in Your 30s? It’s Just Another Bad Idea Coming Out of Silicon Valley

THE GENERAL CONSENSUS has been that it’s hard to find highly skilled job candidates. But what if a number of the best and the brightest decide they just want to stop being the best and brightest and retire while still in their 30s? This is the latest big idea coming out of California’s Silicon Valley, a

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The “Sanctuary State” Pushback Ratchets Up a Notch as Orange County Jumps In

IT TOOK A WHILE, but I finally have some faith in some of our elected officials. I’ve been pretty blunt in my criticism of them, particularly the State Legislature. We send them to Sacramento to solve the many problems the less-than-Golden State is facing, only to find that once they get there they waste time

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The One Big Lesson I Always Take Away From Palm Sunday

I’M ALWAYS STRUCK BY the quiet lesson of Palm Sunday. Last Sunday, in my little church here in Yorba Linda, we waved palm branches and sang hosannas as we remembered Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago. We were not alone. Hundreds of millions of Christians around the world celebrated much as we

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One Brave Little California City Doesn’t Want to Live in a “Sanctuary State” Either

IT LOOKS LIKE I’m not the only one who doesn’t want to live in a sanctuary state. Last October, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that designated California as a so-called “sanctuary state,” I wrote a long blog post here — titled Dear California Legislature: What if I Don’t Want to Live in

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The Big Thing I Learned From LinkedIn’s Most Popular Job Posts

HERE’S THE ONE BIG THING I learned from LinkedIn’s latest list of their most popular (they call it most viewed) job posts: When it comes to job seekers, it’s all about the brand. You should remember this when you hear somebody pooh-pooh’s the notion that a company’s brand really isn’t all that important to job

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Surfing as Our “Official” State Sport: Is That What We Send People to Sacramento For?

HERE’S ALL YOU NEED to know about what’s wrong with California: There are actually state legislators who seems to think that designating surfing as the state “sport” is what voters sent them to Sacramento for. Raise your hand if you wonder, as I do, “Why do we put up with this nonsense from the idiots

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I Saw a Good Woman Dump a Bad and Clueless Boss During the Rose Bowl

ON NEW YEAR’S DAY as I was watching the Rose Bowl, I saw a hard-working woman who was mistreated by a self-centered boss who didn’t appreciate her. So, she quit and left the clueless jerk to go work for herself. Who knew? It’s amazing what can happen in 30 seconds during a big college football

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a Promise to Be a Better Blogger in 2018

DEAR PATIENT and loyal readers, I know there aren’t a lot of you out there just yet, but I rejoice in every one of you who is there and for your attention to this humble blog. Although I’m a veteran editor, writer, and media executive who knows how to meet a deadline, my efforts to

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