The Key to the Garden (Grove)

At Hill’s Brothers Lock & Safe, Doors Get Opened

“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place.” -Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

The moment I stepped inside the Hill’s Brothers Lock & Safe shop in Garden Grove, memories of my childhood fantasy came rushing back to me.

I can pinpoint the source of my …

County Throne

Why Cities and the State Are Sending Their Problems, and Power, to Counties

Two important power shifts are taking place in California. Power is shifting up from the cities, and power is shifting down from the state government in Sacramento. In both shifts, …

For Sale: 10,000 Panes of Glass and an Organ

What Does the Demise of the Crystal Cathedral Mean For Our Megachurches?

If this year were like years past, the Crystal Cathedral, the Philip Johnson-designed Protestant megachurch in Garden Grove, would be abuzz with the “The Glory of Christmas” pageant, with angels …

Hiking Skyward

It started with heartache. I made the climb with one good friend who knew me to be sad. It was July; Cleveland Sage had flowered. We walked up and up …