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A brilliant smile is currency in California. Land of leaning palm trees, beach traffic, and the golden streets of Hollywood. Long-time resident of Newport Beach Bruce Glover, DDS, is no stranger to the demands of the local community. After completing his undergraduate studies at Cal State Hayward, Bruce attended the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, receiving his doctorate in dentistry, and beginning a life dedicated to providing the highest quality of care possible. A tough task, perhaps, for a doctor in a field that seems to be plagued with terrible reviews and generally bad vibes.…
In In the Greek myth of the Minotaur, a creature with the head of a bull and body of a man dwelt in the middle of a labyrinth. Built by Daedalus and his son, Icarus, the labyrinth swallowed all who dared to enter. Until the hero Theseus. Following his beloved Ariadne’s advice, the hero followed the labyrinth down and down into its center, never wavering to the right or to the left. Trailing a string behind him, Theseus came finally upon the beast, and after a mighty fight, slayed it there in the center of the maze. Great story, right?…
Staying close while getting away at Orange County’s most luxurious resort With all the preparation and waiting that travel requires, sometimes vacationing can be more exhausting than relaxing. After planning an itinerary, arranging papers, booking tickets, prepping sundries, hauling luggage and staying “alert” per the TSA, CHP, FRA, the PA and all the other acronyms – not to mention your better senses – by the time vacation ends it is not uncommon to feel as though you need a vacation from your vacation. When your goal is to unwind, there is always a strong case for a stay-cation, which means…
Starting a new tradition at Ricardo’s Place in San Juan Capistrano When Ricardo’s Place invited us to learn how to make tamales, we couldn’t say no! While we didn’t learn the exact secret to their famous family recipe, we did see how to put it together. Ricardo recommends using any of your favorite tamale recipes, and told us you can really make a tamale out of anything. He recommends using onions, garlic, cumin, black pepper, salt, and chicken. After combining those ingredients, pack them into pre-soften husks, with your choice of filling or in our case, corn mush and the…
I have just been treated for prostate cancer.  This is my personal story.  My prostate cancer was diagnosed last year. My internist, as part of my annual check-up, ordered a PSA blood test and I requested that a “free” PSA be added to the total PSA level that is typically done. The next step was to undergo a biopsy, where a colleague of mine, got the honor/task of doing my biopsy. My biopsy showed a miniscule focus of cancer. So, what to do about a tiny, moderately aggressive prostate cancer? Well, some would do nothing. I am a candidate for…
“Let’s go surfin now, everybody’s learnin how, come on a safari with me…” The Beach Boys Of all the various trends and fads that influence the younger generation there is only one that transcends from a sport to music. While surfing is not a new sport, it is, or was, in the dawn of 1960, a relatively new way of life. Surfing came to California by way of Hawaii. Wave riding had been a past time for two thousand years but found its way to Huntington Beach in 1914 when George Freeth would become the first surfer to catch a…
Germano’s300 South High Street (at Fawn St.)(410) 752-4515 A few years ago, a friend of mine mentioned that she’d stayed in something called an “affittacamere” when she and her husband were travelling through Italy. Living like locals, Airbnb style, except that the apartments were actually owned by locals, and there was no way to find them on Airbnb. Having an authentic Italian experience outside of the hustle of Rome is difficult to find, but Germano’s Piattini is one of those places. Created as a “terzo”, or a home away from home and work, the restaurant’s signature dishes - like Polpette…
A couple of years ago, Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, California was named “The Coolest Block in America” by the Editors of GQ Magazine. A valid qualification for a street that boasts some of the hippest retail locations in LA, on top of “niche-cool” boutiques and a “contemporary look” at beach gear: (think: mirrored sunglasses). You can even buy a retrofitted beach cruiser and receive a hip haircut on the street named after a late 19th century millionaire entrepreneur and visionary. More than a hundred years after he spent a fortune creating a replica of his favorite city, Venice, Italy,…
Jul 31, 2017

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“I've got to keep breathing. It’ll be my worst business mistake if I don’t,” Steve Martin once said. Not to sound too morbid, but if you are not breathing you’re not living—literally. Now, please take a moment to inhale. Breathe in through the noise. Fill the lungs. Softly exhale through the mouth. Notice that when you inhale your ribs expand. The chest lifts and the muscles in the upper torso are stretched. As you exhale the ribs gently fall and your abdominals engage, bringing you back to your core. Do you feel lighter, hopefully a little calmer and more aware…
I had been looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year for over a decade. It was the year that our son would be the 5th grade – the first year in which California students study American history. I had visions of showing him (and his 9-year-old sister) the places where all that crazy rebellion, revolution and nation-forming happened; places I had visited in the distant past and which I was eager to see again through the new lens of older eyes. So we set about planning something more profound than a star-aligned school year: a fun-filled, educational family adventure that…
If you’re anything like me, your knowledge base of investing in gold correlates directly to the 2003 crime thriller The Italian Job. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Donald Sutherland, and Charlize Theron, the movie revolves around a Venetian heist-gone-wrong: and the currency being trafficked? Gold bricks. If you haven’t seen the film, I suggest checking it out. If you have, then I circle back to my original point. All I know about gold I learned from The Italian Job. The bricks are pretty, they seem to weigh a lot, they’re stamped with the image of a Balinese dancer. They’re worth…
Call me old fashioned, but I believe that physical photos are a medium worth preserving. When I recently sat down to put together my daughter’s baby book, I thought of how printed images might at times seem like a thing of the past. But then I can’t imagine showing off my family photos by scrolling through all the images I posted to Facebook once upon a time. Diana Schmitt of the San Juan Capistrano-based Accents Portraits by Diana understands the desire for individuals and families to preserve their most precious memories in more than merely a digital format. She has…
Yappy Hour, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions, returns this season for tail wagging fun. Dapper dogs, haute hounds and classy canines are invited to party with other pups and pooches and lap up libations such as bacon, chicken, and beef-infused water and the ever popular house-made dog biscuits, while their companions relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, or Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon. Cocktails, beer and a savory selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase. As part of the resort’s Community Footprints program, proceeds…
Trusted, tried and true. That’s the reason why United American Mortgage has been successful for over 25 years. Since 1993, UAMC specializes in providing mortgage-financing solutions to homeowners and homebuyers. You’re almost tired of reading about it but it’s true: the mortgage meltdown hurt more than a few and people are still trying to recover. It’s hard to know whom to trust. With many mortgage companies competing and failing, UAMC has found itself expanding into 9 states. Originally formed to provide for the specific needs of Southern California borrowers seeking mortgage products tailored for them, UAMC has made it their…
If you have ever had a sinus infection, you know how miserable it can make you feel. Your nose is stuffy and congested, there’s pressure and pain in your face and then there’s that mucus. This often happens when you have a cold. The good news is that most sinus infections go away in about two weeks with the help of decongestants, nasal sprays and other remedies. But if you have sinus problems for three months or longer, you may have chronic sinusitis, also called chronic rhinosinusitis. Chronic rhinosinusitis affects more than 11 million people in the United States, and…

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