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Kendama Pros Bring on the Clack

By Scott Sanchez | LB Indy An estimated 600 people turned out for the largest organized kendama event to take place in Laguna Beach this past Sunday, Dec. 7. Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy consisting of a hand-held ken (sword), which has three cups, and tama (ball)...

Mystery Pic – November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving all. Where are we now?

No Detail Spared for a Welcoming Home

Situated a house away from the oceanfront in the Shore Cliffs neighborhood of Corona del Mar, this pristine home is perched on an elevated lot that allows privacy and is in move-in condition. Beautifully appointed and extensively remodeled, it features dark hardwood floors, crown...

Remodel Revels in Beach-White Palette

This beautifully remodeled home with a Mediterranean flair captures full Catalina Island views. Accents include vaulted and beamed ceilings, Travertine floors and custom ironwork. An ocean view deck flows from the main entertainment areas. The all-new kitchen comes equipped with...

Turning Over a New Leaf

The once-humble vegetable is appearing on menus in imaginative ways. By Karlee Prazak   Pinpointing what constitutes a balanced meal can create quite a stir in today’s culinary scene. A “balanced meal” is somewhat of a myth that exists just beyond the center aisles of the...

Walking Away From it All

One man’s attempt to find healing by hiking the 2,660 mile Pacific Crest Trail By Dashel Pierson Plesa, Special to the Independent To his mother’s disbelief, Andy Lyon, called to “check-in” from the summit of 14,500-foot Mt. Whitney. Lyon had been there before, but this...

Playing Full Out

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent How does a mother, and a self-described worrier, watch her cancer stricken son walk off alone into the wilderness without plunging into a pit of anxiety and fear? She works at it. By looking unflinchingly at the reality of her son’s...

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition Photo Contest Winner

        This panoramic photo of “Heisler tidepools at moonrise” by Eddie Yerkish recently won first place in the Open category of the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition’s photo contest to celebrate the new marine reserves and Underwater Parks Day. Visit the coalition’s...

Blue Angels Cockpit Cam

The Blue Angels magnanimously invited me to fly with them in their two-seat F/A-18 Hornet, and to put it mildly — it was phenomenal! Invitations for a backseat hop are far and few between, so it was a distinct privilege to be selected for a VIP ride. This type of sortie...