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Career Change

By Angela Breslow   It was just a few days until Christmas. Motherhood had been tough for Kristen. Matthew was a colicky baby, and he had woken up with his mouth wide open, screaming every two hours since he was born. He would wake up, want to eat and then spit up  90percent...

Butterfly Kisses for Christmas

By Amy Bazuin-Yoder, Ph.D. Since our mothers were best friends well before we were born, just shy of nine years ago, Audrey and I had discussed everything. This Christmas holiday season was no exception. “I’m so glad Maman didn’t die on Christmas. Then I could never like...

Christmas in Paradise

By Katrin Sofie Berg   A tiny island in the Indian Ocean, beaches of powdery white sand, turquoise water, swaying palm trees: Christmas in paradise. Hold that thought. We had left eastern Africa behind us, with aching hearts. The lush green shores of the Nile, the...

Sleeping Santas

By Alice C. Meek, MA   Jenny danced up and down the hallway. “Is it time, mom? Is it time?  Are we ready to wake them up?” Ally still sees her on tippy toe, hears her begging, and feels her tugging at her shirttails. “Almost time, Jen.  Let’s get our red slippers so we can...

The Thankful Turtle

From one moment to the next, my 5-year-old became obsessed with turtles. She decided that what our family needed was not a dishwasher that scrubbed dishes or a garden with live plants. No, we needed a turtle. When she couldn’t spur her parents into action, she did what any smart...

Merry Christmas Myrna

By Amy Bazuin-Yoder, Ph.D.   It is three days before Christmas and my Rhodesian Ridgeback, General Custard, is on high alert. Even with my kitchen windows mostly closed on account of the chill, and pie season over, I can just sense Myrna sneaking around the corner of the...

Christmas in Afghanistan

By D. Lockwood Somewhere in Afghanistan December 2012 Six Marines have been separated from their unit during a firefight with the Taliban. “We’re sittin’ ducks out here. We need to get to the mountains for cover.” “Why don’t we try to get back to our unit, Sarge?” “We’re cut off,...

Santa Claus Eternal

By Suzanne Redfearn   My three worst mom moments according to my daughter and recalled at the slightest provocation: 1.  When she was 3:  I put on the scariest latex Halloween mask in the costume store (you know, the one with the mutilated eyeballs, gashed face, mangled...

Not Ready for King Arthur

By Terry Black   You’ve probably seen them outside any grocery store this time of year, the Knights of Columbus, a charitable organization based within the Catholic Church.  As a former Catholic, I confess to a romantic notion of these supermarket sentries:  the latter-day...

What the Four-Footed Can Teach Us

By Ed Kaufman   Stroll any morning along the glorious bluffs of Heisler Park in North Laguna around 6:45 and you’ll invariably find a small pack of dog-treat donors and their pups huddled together, barely letting passers-by by. Most of the dogs sit patiently waiting for...

Roca Madness

By Liz Zuercher   My adult son called me a bitch last Christmas, but I wasn’t insulted. It’s all about my famous almond roca, which inspires obsession, to eat it and to make it.  If you succeed in making the roca, it becomes yours, no matter whose it was before.  To me it’s...

Museum Receives Conservation Grant

Some older works in the Laguna Art Museum’s permanent collection of California art date from the mid 19th century. But no special funds had ever been earmarked specifically for framing and conservation until Yvonne J. Boseker pledged a $100,000 nest egg. The funds will also...

Music Organization Receives Grants

Laguna Beach Live! announced receiving national and local support in the way of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Laguna Beach Community Foundation. The NEA prize, the second for Laguna Beach Live, is particularly prestigious since proposals are weighed against...

Art Seen 12/28/12

In the Footsteps of the Masters The Laguna College of Art and Design opens its exhibition “LCAD In Holland and France,” which showcases artworks by students and faculty Jan. 4 through 18. A reception is planned for Friday, Jan 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. Located at 2222 Laguna Canyon...

Getting Out 12/28/12

Saluting ’13 in 007 Style The St. Regis Monarch Beach hosts its New Year’s Eve party with live music, culinary stations, cocktails, Aston Martins, and a midnight champagne toast. Located at 1 Monarch Beach Resort, advanced entry at 8 p.m. is $105 and includes the culinary...