renaissance

When I was a kid things were different. I wore knickers. Today, kids wear low riders that begin where my knickers left off. I’ve kept the knickers in hopes that the style will come back. I have to be patient because clothing trends are fickle. A couple of years ago, I tried...

Honored by Friends With Vision

Editor, Please send a big “hoorah” to Daniella Walsh for the wonderful story about Maggie Hempen (“Revving Up Girl Power,” April 26. I am honored to call Maggie a friend and I so appreciate what she and the Soroptimist women of Laguna Beach for giving us the Healthy Girl...

Local Currents: #NotBuyingIt

“Let’s stop buying that s—!” Maggie Hempen, Healthy Girl Festival founder.   Like the student who stood in front of the tanks at Tiananmen Square, it is both inspiring and scary to watch a person you know dare to fail in their efforts to stop a colossal evil. Maggie...

Revving Up Girl Power

Maggie Carter’s boss was “in the oil business.” He relentlessly harassed her, a situation she could not tolerate for long. Perhaps it was her own naiveté as a 20-year-old, or her own sense of self-worth. But she did what was unheard of in 1972 and reported him to his superiors....

Leaving Their Mark

With artist Noel Lashley leading the way, participants in Soroptimist International’s Healthy Girl Festival on April 27 will be asked to record their reactions on a poster-sized wall. The four by eight foot wall, which will also be filmed by John Alvarez Photography for a YouTube...

Healthy Girl Fest Features Sundance Film Documentary

“Miss Representation,” the film that exposes how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America, will be shown on Saturday, April 27 as part of Laguna Beach’s Healthy Girl Festival. The film examining gender bias...