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Shore Scene

Raptors Lured to New Habitat June 1972 is considered the date of the first important victory in the modern environmental movement. That is when DDTwas banned by the EPA because it was shown that using the pesticide led to eggshell thinning in raptors and other birds, including...

Pet Peeves

Skating By I’ve morphed into that old guy my friends and I used to make fun of when we were kids. I tell today’s kids to turn down the music, not to smoke and not to skateboard over the fire hydrant in front of my house. And the kids’ reaction to me is to turn up the music, smoke...

Guest Column

Ah-ha Anniversaries 50 Years after My Fall; Ten Years Since the Landslide I have experienced several ah-ha moments over the course of my lifetime.  One included “winning” the first draft lottery of the Vietnam War.  Yes, my date of birth, Sept. 14, was the first...

The Slant

Haggen’s Price Pinch Grocery stores are a wonderland. I love them. They have everything you could want or need in one place. A month ago I visited our new grocery store, Haggen, which replaced Albertsons recently. My takeaway from the visit was its unusually high prices. I have...

Musings on the Coast

‘Lost’ is Days Away   My daughter Gabby graduated from college in Portland this month and we were at dinner with her friends. At the time, the “kids” were two nights away from their graduation ceremonies and they were done with freaking out. That was three months ago. They also...
Posted On 21 May 2015

Pet Peeves

Skating By I’ve morphed into that old guy my friends and I used to make fun of when we were kids. I tell today’s kids to turn down the music, not to smoke and not to skateboard over the fire hydrant in front of my house. And the kids’ reaction to me is to turn up the music, smoke...

Taking Stock

The Tree in the Forest If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This philosophical thought experiment reminds me of the muted manner in which the financial media is reacting to stock market averages climbing to new highs. During the past...

The Kibitzer

Hello Laguna Hi. It’s me. No, you didn’t pick up the wrong paper. It’s the right one. I wrote for those other guys for two years. Can’t say a bad word about them. Good people all. Some excellent writers too. It was just time for something new. Truth be told, I want to support the...

Pet Peeves

Et tu, Brute? While everybody’s attention was on the village entrance, a funny thing happened in the ways of the forum. Norm Grossman was shown the village exit. Norm must have been caught by surprise. He’s been on the Planning Commission for 26 years. That’s a long run. That’s...

Taking Stock

Home On The Trading Range Stocks continue trading in a concise range. The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the year at 17,823, sagged to 17,164 on January 30 and made a record closing high of 18,828 on March 23. It’s currently around 18,250, almost midway between the year’s...

Shore Scene

Penny Pinching with Purple Olives Laguna Beach is known for its rocky coves. But those who enjoy our coast from a distance may not realize that the sandy beaches between the rocky points extend out into the ocean and provide a very different environment than that found on the...

Pet Peeves

Stop Signs Stop. Do not read further unless you live on Monterey Street. There are eyes in the sky. So far, Karen M from Brooks, Bob T. from Jasmine, and David R. from Mountain streets are busted for non-stop reading. The literary police are on their way to confiscate your Indys....

Guest Column

What is Common Core? You may be familiar with the term “common core.” There is some debate whether the Common Core State Standards are good or bad and it is helpful to understand how these standards improve student learning and skill acquisition. The California State Standards...

Village Matters

Reclaiming Our Water Equilibrium So how’s your water conservation going?  Ours is going great.  We have a new gray water system.  This is how it works.  I take a bath and don’t pull the plug.  We scoop the water into a bucket and splash it on our lawn or other garden plants. ...

Wisdom Workout

A Subtle Trap Is your life a problem to be solved or a reality to be experienced? Your answer may be telling. The primary motivation for beginning a journey of self-discovery is usually the desire to solve a problem. Pain is a great wake-up call. There is an interesting...