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Local Currents: On the Road

“The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.” – J.R.R. Tolkien  ...

Local Currents: Give Notice

…and then Dad said, “You know what I believe? I remember in college I was taking a math class, this really great math class taught by this tiny old woman. She was talking about fast Fourier transformations and she stopped midsentence and said, ‘Sometimes it seems the universe...

Local Currents: Don’t Be a Kook

“Beat it, kook!” –often heard on the Brooks Street Reef lately.   The Independence Day holiday weekend feels like the start of summer: our first consistent hits of warm water and south swells, the marine layer starting to burn off before noon and lots of new faces in the...

Local Currents: Play Like a Champion

“Nobody and I mean nobody comes into our house and pushes us around. Play like a champion!” –Skipper quoting Knute Rockne at the 2013 Laguna Beach High School graduation ceremony.   High school graduation is a time of high expectations. Last Thursday I sat with many other...

Local Currents: Surf ‘Til You Drop

“Nothing’s better for me than going out in the water with four guys [in a Brooks Street Contest heat], and it’s so much damn fun!” –Corky Smith, Brooks Street surfing legend.   Last weekend, the conditions came together for the 50th annual...

Local Currents: Memorial Day

“The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.” –Thomas Jefferson   Memorial Day is the official start to Laguna’s biggest season—summer. It is when the ocean...

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...

Local Currents: Blood Alley

“Slow down. This ain’t LA.” –bumper sticker seen in Laguna Beach   Two men died April 2 unnecessarily in a Laguna Canyon car accident. While the police continue to investigate what caused the 4,674-pound Tesla to crush a late-model Honda Accord to nearly half its size, there...

Local Currents: Real Angels

…And if we have an angel at the tomb, Make it a real angel, Weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair, opaque in The dawn light, robed in real linen Spun on a definite loom… –John Updike’s “Seven Stanzas at Easter.”   I think I met a real angel the Saturday...

Local Currents: Love Your Neighbor

“Many of you don’t belong to the Catholic Church, others are not believers,” he said in his native Spanish. “From my heart I impart this blessing, in silence, to each of you, respecting the conscience of each one, but knowing that each of you is a child of...

Local Currents: Positive Movement

“It appears there is a progression of introversion [among the Laguna Beach School Board.] The families and students come first. They are your clients. The union is not your client. You should be transparent, but have shown to be insular.” –Rick Putnam to the Laguna...

Local Currents: Brown (Act) vs Board of Education

“A law to prohibit secret meetings of official bodies, save under the most exceptional circumstances, should not be necessary. Public officers above all other persons should be imbued with the truth that their business is the public’s business and they should be the last to...

Local Currents: Positive Energy

“The universe operates through dynamic exchange… giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe and in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.” –Deepak Chopra   Over...

Local Currents: Passing Along My Stoke

“There is no better feeling than getting another person stoked on surfing. Truly, it does not bum me out that there are more surfers in the water these days. It just means that I have to get up earlier in the morning. When I saw this man rise on a wave for the first time, I felt...

Local Currents: Be A Poet

“…we’re encouraging Dudeists around the world to celebrate The Now Is Here Day this Friday, Dec. 21…Just take it easy, mankind… It’s like Lennon (and three other guys) said about “The End”: And in the end / The love you take / Is equal to / The love you make. From...