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Life with Coyote

By Paula Olson Off the coast of Laguna Beach, I jumped off our boat, floated for a minute as my dive buddy, Brian and I gave each other the “ok” sign, deflated our BCs and sank into the dark liquid night of lobster season. I heard only the gurgling of water and my breath as I...
Posted On 18 Feb 2015

The Surgeon and the Fuzz

By Patty Pinto Once upon a time in a not so far away land there was a powerful and vibrant cardiovascular surgeon. The physician, along with his surgical team made medical history by performing the first coronary bypass surgery. In his prime this man fixed many decrepit creatures...
Posted On 06 Feb 2015

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food”

By Patricia Garza Pinto Last week I spent all day caring for my beloved, sick grandchild, Bella. The season which brings runny noses; sore, tender throats and crackly coughs is among us. Based on statistics, most of the population will succumb to body aches, restless nights and...
Posted On 23 Jan 2015

You’re Only As Old As You Feel.

50 Issues of Laguna Beach Magazine Steve Zepezauer: The Voice Inside My Head I remember when desktop publishing was invented in the mid 80s. Within a few years, anyone armed with a Mac Plus and PageMaker suddenly became an art director. Unfortunately for true graphic designers a...

Three Qualities of Being Human

Obviously there are more than three qualities that make up being a human, but in the world of mindfulness practices (like meditation) there are three very important qualities that we can get to know better and even employ when we most need them. But first we must practice getting...

OC BookBlog: “Nora Webster” by Colm Toibin

I rarely read reviews of new books before I pen my own, but I had to check out what the great Jennifer Egan had to say last weekend in the New York Times on the great Colm Toibin’s Nora Webster, and she got it right. The only thing she understated is that Colm Toibin deploys the...
Posted On 10 Oct 2014

‘93’s Arsonist Never Caught

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent Twenty years ago this month, a savage fire devoured 14,000 acres of Laguna Canyon wilderness and ravaged multiple neighborhoods. The fire that destroyed 391 homes and threatened more than 1,000 others at the time was believed to be the...