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Author Archive for Ann Christoph

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View from the Coop When on our early morning walks one of our favorite stops is to check on Paul Pflueger’s chickens. We’d hear their cluck-clucking, a comforting sound that says that all is well in the world of hens. Peering over the fence in the back yard, we’d see them scratching and pecking, going […]

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Much hinges on Stonehenge   The historic “Stonehenge” house, marked by the octagonal cupola and sunroom just north of Laguna Royale, was stripped of its interior without permits in June of 2009.  Then in 2010, demolition resumed, also without permits, removing the exterior surfaces too. The city issued stop work orders both times.   Now […]

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The Rhythm of Change   When do they realize you’re not going away? That you’re going to nag and keep at it until things change? It’s hard to know because even when you win it’s so subtle usually no one notices.   Environmental activism is not like the Super Bowl. No cheering from the spectators, […]

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Loose in Laguna   The ocean view is not the only advantage of having an office in Laguna.  Our neighborhood of shops, offices and homes is a beehive of intrigue and melodrama.   I feel like I’m on stage, except I don’t know the lines or the plot.  I never know what or who is […]

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A Shared History   Guard at a state prison, mechanic at a copper mine, child day-care provider. Kids working as security guards while attending school, grade-school janitor and Mexican restaurant waiter, someone who does something having to do with making technical monitoring devices, civil engineer, banker, Japanese translator and insurance office worker.   School bus […]

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Village Matters

The House that’s not a Home Across the street from us is a vacant house.  The couple that lived there with their little boy has moved out as part of a foreclosure.  Now I guess the bank owns it. They posted no trespassing signs with threats of jail time.  Last week a crew cleaned up, […]

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 Home is Here   When I climbed the steps to the Congregational Church on Thanksgiving day, I didn’t know what to expect.  In all the years I have lived in Laguna, I’ve never gone to the community potluck.  Hesitating at the upper landing while carefully balancing my recently cooked pumpkin casserole, I started to see […]

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Counting Tree Time “Are you trying to save the trees?” a neighbor asked as I stood on Bluebird Canyon Drive looking at the five Eucalyptus the council and Edison have proposed to cut down.  Instinctively, I said, “Yes.”  But it’s much more complex than that.  Am I a tree hugger?  I think not, if that […]

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Village Matters

Perhaps one day we will look back on this period since 2008 wistfully, as the time we gained a new and better perspective. Discredited were the institutions we relied on to keep our country stable. The economy that depended on growth and building more outrageously expensive houses stopped making any sense. Personal tragedies abounded. Sad and frightening tales, losses of homes and jobs, were the result of an economic “adjustment.”

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Village Matters

Decisions Erode Village Character   The City Council had the opportunity to preserve our Laguna village character Tuesday.  These chances happen one at a time, in small but important steps. Do we take the so-called sensible, easy choice, or the more difficult, complex one, the one that will help keep the unique heritage of our […]

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Village Matters

Isn’t there any other reason for forgetting besides getting old? It’s so depressing. How about “I just forgot.” Maybe the big forgetfulness problem with “seniors” is that they forget that they used to forget before, and choose to excuse their lapses in memory as, “senior moments.”

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Confessions of a Cat Parent   Nine years ago this month my husband Alfredo and I traveled to Denmark and Paris. When we got home we noticed that Mr. B, our black and white fluffy cat, was looking wan and thinner than we remembered.  After a few days and no improvement, we took him to […]

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Down to Earth In May of 1971 I had just graduated with a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan.  I made my way west in the white 1964 Ford Fairlane my dad had given me to take to graduate school. He was happy to be rid of it because it was gutless […]

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Village Matters

 Amazing Stories  “Only Make Believe,” the Pageant of the Masters presentation this year, included a series of art covers from the 1930s science fiction magazine “Amazing Stories.”  That set off a whole link of community history tidbits floating through my mind.  It turns out that one of the Laguna Beach and South Laguna community leaders, […]

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Village Matters

 Changing the baby with the bathwater   Remember the days when city hall’s offices would close for lunch?  So did Laguna Lumber. I hear that Laguna Lumber would also close for two weeks in the summer to allow its employees to have a summer vacation. And of course, until Ganahl bought it, it was never open […]