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Make Your Rooms Bloom Why do we like to look into the homes of others? There is a simple voyeuristic pleasure, of course. Other times we just like to be nosy. Millions of people read magazines like Architectural Digest and watch TV shows such as “MTV Cribs” that keep us and our...

Pet Peeves

Wedding Bells Thank goodness I wasn’t invited. I read in the Indy that the first couple married in a civil ceremony by Laguna Beach’s city clerk was on February 19. I had nothing to wear for such a momentous occasion. I’m down to broken flip-flops and ratty board shorts that are...

Beware: Super Lice Are Coming

If you are like me and have a child in the Laguna Beach Unified School District, this past week you received another all too familiar notice that read, “Recently we identified a few cases of head lice at your child’s grade level. Follow exact steps on box of lice shampoo…”...

Taking Stock

Round And Round It Goes Round and round it goes, and where it stops the Chairwoman knows. Wall Street is intensely waiting for the next Federal Reserve move as if watching for white smoke at a papal conclave signaling the election of a new Pope. Interest rate levels bear...

Pet Peeves

Parade Rest I attended the 48th and 49th Patriots Day Parade. I grabbed a good spot across from Fire House Engine Number One right after the 47th Patriots Parade. For two years now, I sat curbside and reserved my place for last weekend’s parade festivities. I’m semi retired and...

Geometry Serves as a Technology Stepping Stone

Editor, Even though my sons were never educated in the Laguna Beach school district, as a scientist I do want to raise my voice in protest to the elimination of essential mathematical content in the proposed new L.B. school curricula. Instruction in geometry is much more than a...

Musings on the Coast

The Front Porch: NannyVille Laguna Beach is paradise and we want to keep it that way. To do so, over the years we created a series of laws, commissions and public bodies, each with admirable intentions. Sadly but predictably, most followed the usual Darwinian imperative and...
Posted On 12 Mar 2015

Taking Stock

March Market Madness  Volatility is back. Actually, it’s never gone away; just hiding when stocks put together a string of up days before reversing. J.P. Morgan, who dominated American finance during his time, said, when asked what the stock market will do, “It will fluctuate.”...

Village Matters

Loving it Gently “Visitors to our hotel want to experience Laguna Beach in the same ways residents do; they want to feel they are living here, too, that it’s their home town, if only for a few days.” At a recent community meeting Council member Rob Zur Schmiede quoted the manager...

Pet Peeves

Dumbed Down I read in the Indy that many parents are upset about upcoming curriculum changes. They say these changes will dumb down middle school math. Geometry is being eliminated as a separate subject. Oh the horror. Middle school kids are devastated. I can tell because the...

Taking Stock

Highs, Dips And Pullbacks The stock market is doing the hokey pokey. First they put a record high in and then they take a record high out. No need, however, for investors to “shake it all about” as market conditions for growth-stock pickers remain quite positive. The S&P 500...

Pet Peeves

That’s Just Ducky I read in the Indy that the Pacific Marine Mammal Center just received a $3 million donation from longtime Laguna Breach resident, Dr. Martonen. It was one of their largest donations ever.   Dr. Martonen died in January 2014. Described as a quiet man, he stayed...

Wisdom Workout

A Position Change There are times in our lives that become potent turning points once the integration of the experience is completed. My youngest daughter, Sara, and my almost 2-year-old granddaughter, Aroha, came for a much-anticipated visit that started in January and lasted...

Taking Stock

Riding Higher All three major stock averages are competing for new headline highs. Both the broad-based S&P 500 and the Dow 30 closed at record highs within the past week. The financial media credited prospective Federal Reserve actions or, more accurately, lack of actions,...

Musings on the Coast

The Music Teacher I grew up with music. My father could play by ear, fluently, both hands flashing, the piano soaring.   I play, too, albeit not by ear and with less skill. It does not matter. I love it. When the time came, I wanted my kids to be taught, so we found Verla Cole....
Posted On 20 Feb 2015