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Endless Summer   Dave Vanderveen “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.” Mae West.   Sometimes life is too good in Laguna Beach. When the water is in the high 60s and low 70s, I really wish I could grow gills or at least fur and flippers. Now with the massive kelp forests...

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Independence Takes a Village  “Laguna Beach is what other Southern California beach cities aspire to,” says tourist Shayne Moore. While admittedly biased to quote a friend about your own town, that doesn’t make what she says less true. Independence Day is a busy in Laguna Beach....

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Listening to U2 “What if God is even greater than we think? We can have God neatly wrapped up in our heads and then, all of a sudden, he will have a little shaft of light and we will see things as we’ve never seen them before, even the familiar things.” Jack Heaslip, U2’s...

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 Truth, Goodness and Beauty  “For as long as man has sought wisdom he has known that there are three things we all long for…truth, goodness, and beauty.” Rev. Jeff Tacklind at Cody Day’s memorial service.   Thursday morning I was late driving from a surf session at Brooks Street...

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Embracing Hope Over Prophets of Danger     “We have hope for Japan despite our current dangers.” Yumiko Tochigi, entrepreneur and Green Room director.   Local Lagunan Gabe Sullivan, my business partner Scott Coon, and I spent the past two weeks in Japan launching our energy drink...

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Social Fabric   “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” –Alexis de Tocqueville. With Passover and Easter week behind us, the Superbowl Sunday for faith is likely an afterthought for many. I believe that at least the assumption of...

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Duty, Strangers and Family “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.” The old mission statement at the Grand Haven (Mich.) Lifeguard Station. James Pribram saved a woman’s life last weekend near the blowhole on the Pearl Street reef. It was a difficult rescue in cold...

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Difficulties   “Life is difficult,” M. Scott Peck, “The Road Less Traveled.”   The wonderful paradox of M. Scott Peck’s classic work is that once we accept the truth of life’s difficulty, we can transcend it and it ceases to be as difficult. A few of life’s difficulties...

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Social Harmony “What if we pursued this connection [sister cities] between Shibuya and Laguna Beach?” John Parker, president, Amway Japan.   Shibuya is one of the main city centers in Tokyo, Japan, where Amway Japan owns a prominent office building. Just a couple of days...

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Risk and Safety “One percent of the population has the physical and mental ability to become an ocean lifeguard. Making the tryouts is an accomplishment, something to be proud of, not many people can. These guys and gals are studs.” – Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow, Laguna...

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War on Skateboards “I sat there with SNAG. This has nothing to do with children’s safety anymore. They are only concerned about winning a war.” Chad Gibbs, Facebook, Feb. 14, 2011. Unfortunately, I was in Japan when the City Council held the meeting on skateboarding last...

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Looking Forward By David Vanderveen “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” –St Paul in his letter to the Philippians (3:13). Laguna seems to have more than its share of fires, floods and slides. They are dramatic and challenging to all of us. Having a...

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Pitz Lands Third Championship Special to the Independent Laguna Beach High School surfer Taylor Pitz landed her third league championship in shortboarding in as many years at the South Coast League individual finals, held Dec. 7 and 8 at Upper Trestles. Pitz also took third place...

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Hanoi, Z-Pizza and Horns “’What does a horn mean?’ That’s an interesting question about the social structure of a culture.” –John Parker, President, Amway Japan. While headed to dinner with my wife at Bobby Chinn’s in Hanoi, Vietnam, we passed a Z-Pizza sign at a new...

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Abuse and Responsibility   “No report or study to date has shown a compelling connection between caffeine and alcohol to abuse or addiction. Determining that college students drink more alcohol for the purpose of intoxication is an indulgence in reporting the obvious.”...