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The Slant

In Need of a Silent Night I make the same mistake every year, shopping for Christmas at the mall or almost anywhere for that matter. Your senses get full. Crying children, the shopping, the buying, the standing in line. People pushing, others shoving, the traffic. We endure an...

San Onofre: The Risk of Denial

  Every time we make a decision, we consciously or unconsciously weigh the risks against the rewards. When the reward is particularly enticing, we tend to use the defense mechanism of denial to skew the decision in favor of the reward. For example, most of us in Laguna Beach...

‘Shift’ Steps Up Dance

“Shift,” the high school’s winter dance concert, opens this Friday night at the LBHS Artists’ Theatre. The concert opens with “Sweet Talk,” a fun jazz number choreographed by Samantha Hampton to the music of Meghan Trainor. “Paquita” follows, highlighting the choreography of...

Pet Peeves

Monkey in the Middle I’ve been taking the new digital Indy out for a test drive. I like it very much. It is user-friendly and the layout is more attractive. What I didn’t expect was to learn how inane my writing is. Let me share this discovery with you. First, readers must...

The Spirit of Christmas

Lucy’s mother quickly closed the windows in the kitchen. She was concerned that every living being on their sleepy South Laguna cul-de-sac could hear her daughter’s greedy wails. “Mom, I want my Barbie life in the dream house amaze chase glam camper now.” “Lucy, we’ve talked...

Playing Laguna

  By Alexandra Bank McMahon My earliest memory of Laguna Beach is of my mother driving me to Forest Avenue on a Saturday afternoon to audition for a Christmas play, staged by the Laguna Children’s Playhouse. The year was 1963 and I was in the fourth grade at Concordia...

For the Love of Art

  I was summoned out of the lower garden of Anneliese’s preschool because I had a phone call from my dad. I was 5 at the time, and though I immediately puffed with self-importance at receiving my very own telephone call, my imagination couldn’t help but kick into overdrive...

Crystal Cove Christmas

              “Two weeks since the Pearl Harbor attack. Hard to feel much holiday cheer.” Mother keeps stirring the fudge as she turns down “White Christmas” on the Zenith. “No one’s caused any trouble at the Cove, have they, Walter?” “There’s talk of questioning a few...

Curious Case of Missing Papers

Editor: There is a mysterious campaign going on against our local newspapers. They keep disappearing! We were surprised and disappointed to see that local newspapers are no longer available in the space between Anastasia and the Flea Market on Ocean Avenue.  A few years ago local...

Hospitality Night Hero

Though it was never really cold in Laguna, the hat and scarf always felt just right for Hospitality Night and the little girl enjoyed the tradition of bundling up for this event each year. After a quick cheesy snack, she pulled on her Uggs and began herding her mother towards the...

Let It Snow

Editor’s Note: Here’s another tale from film maker Christine Fugate’s writing group.   Way up in the higher reaches of Earth known as the North Pole, Santa Claus was busy in his workshop. It was the beginning of December and everyone was working long hours. Two years prior,...

AIDS Becomes a Church Mission

Editor, This week the Saddleback “mega” church and its famous Pastor Rick Warren adopted a major program to combat AIDS. My correspondence is a note of sincere gratitude and appreciation to Pastor Warren and his congregants. Your remembrance of the thousands who have passed in...

Cut Off Nears for Comments on Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage

Editor, Laguna Beach is located within the 20-square-mile area subject to permanent relocation in the event of a radiation accident at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which has been closed because of safety concerns. The plant is situated in a recognized tsunami,...

Slow Down and Save Lives

Editor, In response to the letter to the editor on Nov 21, “Should All Pay the Price for a Private School’s Needs.” First and foremost, absolutely, yes! We are talking about the price of a life here. So keeping students or any pedestrian safe by installing a stop light crossing...

School Leaders to Confront Critics of Common Core Standards

Editor, Local school board candidate Annette Gibson used her campaign to sound the alarm about new federal and state curriculum standards being imposed on public schools to nationalize education in America. The response by the school board and their pyrotechnic superintendent was...