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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...

Taking Stock

Low Pump Prices Pump Up Shoppers Sliding oil prices greased the skids for the largest stock market decline in two months. Media commentators sounded their usual tocsins of doom, continuing their practices of attracting followers through useless and inaccurate predictions. The...

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...

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,...

Musings on the Coast

Tired Of Politics I’ve written about politics in several columns and I am tired of it. Politics is only “real” in the short and medium terms, and subject to radical collateral damage that can be really ugly. Only family lasts forever. Or if you are from a peculiar culture, make...

Pet Peeves

I read with sadness in the Indy that Rock’N Fish was closing. I liked this restaurant. Let’s pay our respects and have a moment of non-eating. Quit chewing readers. It’s only a moment for crying out loud. From now on, we will refer to this restaurant as Fish’N Rocks. Others have...

Wisdom Workout

Coming Home   Thanksgiving. Slowing down. Letting down. Taking time off. Does the thought disturb you? You are not alone. We live in a culture that is obsessed with image, speed and change. We are driven, goal oriented and striving for perfection. Our intellect identifies the...

Taking Stock

Gas, Oil And Dividends Gas pump prices dropped to their lowest levels in four years. This gives U.S. drivers some extra shopping power. The slide followed the wholesale barrel price, down 40% since June, skidding even more when OPEC did not reduce production, as was the rumor....

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

    Editor’s Note: Look for more holiday stories in coming weeks from the students of local resident and creative writing instructor Christine Fugate.   “Mommy, mommy, I see a crab!” Heather peered closer into the clear waters of the tide pool and cautiously extended a...

Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves I was marveling over the new look of the digital Indy when I ran into the story about someone driving onto the porch of the Historical Society on Ocean Avenue. It was hard to tell what kind of car it was due to hanging branches over the hood. I’m going with Porsche on...

Taking Stock

Some Favorite Things For Thanksgiving Stocks are finishing the month of November on an upswing that market history indicates will persist through the year-end. In September and early October, the stock market experienced its first “correction” in two years. Since that dip, stocks...