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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Liar Liar Liar, liar, pants on fire. City Council candidates are shopping for new trousers on a daily basis. “I can’t explain it,” shrugged one candidate, who cradled a fire extinguisher for protection. “I was at a forum. I answered a question about kelp. I said that I was an oceanographer with 50 years of […]

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Green Light

Green Light

When Ideology Trumps Facts In the ongoing, fractious city council election, Lagunans have been jolted by Jon Madison’s inability to validate implausible, phony academic achievements. Lagunans received another jolt at the Firebrand Media-organized candidate forum on Oct. 14 when candidate Michele Hall expressed mocking skepticism about human-caused global warming in response to a question from […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Stuck in the Middle “Clowns to left of me. Jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” This phrase from the 1972 Stealer’s Wheel song came to mind as I was thinking of the council election forums. Is that what some of our candidates are feeling? Especially with the array […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Madness At Fisherman’s Cove This is the story of the almost laughable madness at Fisherman’s Cove. I say “almost” because you either have to laugh or cry. It begins with Boat Canyon, which drains a small part of north Laguna’s coastal hills and outflows at Fisherman’s Cove. The cove is tiny. Rocky points protect […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Madness At Fisherman’s Cove This is the story of the almost laughable madness at Fisherman’s Cove. I say “almost” because you either have to laugh or cry. It begins with Boat Canyon, which drains a small part of north Laguna’s coastal hills and outflows at Fisherman’s Cove. The cove is tiny. Rocky points protect […]

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The Talk

The Talk

By D.J. Ware People often ask me what being almost 80 and climbing is really like. So far the vintage years are good, and making good decisions is essential to living a good life. I’ve learned over the years, when the bluebird of happiness drops a load on you, the decisions to get up, get […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Posse I loved cowboy shows when I was a kid. My 12 pair of cowboy boots is a testament of my fan devotion even to today. These same 12 pair that are never lined up right in the closet is the opposing testament of my wife’s disdain of cowboy shows. My little wife of the […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Don’t Wreck the Wrack Until the 1960s, thick kelp forests grew along the Southern California coast with the largest kelp bed in Orange County just off Main Beach. Over the ensuing years, normal El Niño / La Niña cycles and storms ravaged the kelp. With the cumulative impact of pollution, run-off, sedimentation, over-harvesting and climate […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Balancing Coastal Perspectives The lights were blazing all night long in the AVCO Community Developers’ property south of Monarch Bay. Giant grading machines were scraping non-stop through the hillsides, shaping landforms for a new subdivision. It was fall of 1972. The public was very aware that California was threatened with development that could close off […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

To Whelk or Not Occasionally one comes upon a particularly large white spiral shell deposited on the beach or in the tidepools. This beautiful shell is the hard protective covering of the largest gastropod (snail) found in Laguna, the Kellet’s Whelk (Kelletia kelletii). Capable of reaching a maximum of seven inches in length, the shell […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

A Funny Thing Happened… A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. I found parking. It was a dream California style. There were avocado plum fairies and open spaces dancing in my head. Even, the seven candidates running for city council found parking, too. We had arrived to attend the Laguna Beach Alliance […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Moonlight Becomes You The moon has been my companion the past few nights. It dapples the covers on my bed so that it casts both light and shadows, nudging me awake and then giving me a reprieve as long as I don’t disappear into a deep sleep. Apparently, it enjoys my company. I don’t mind […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Volatility Is Back After stock market averages set record highs in mid-August, stocks sagged, interrupting the market’s recently re-established uptrend. The buoyant markets of the last couple of years must have spoiled investors; financial media featured predictions of doom even though the averages only declined 3% to 4% before the recent (brief) rally. Market technicians […]

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 The Slant

The Slant

Slapped Down Do you remember being 16? Just a few weeks into having a driver license, dreaming about what your dream car could be? I wanted a back and gold Firebird just like I’d seen in the “Smokey and the Bandit” movie. I also fantasized cruising the streets in a Ferrari 308. Red. That was […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Black Footed Beach Thief With its red bill tipped in black and its black legs and webbed feet, the Heerman’s gull (Larus heermanni) is one of the most easily recognizable seagulls found in Laguna. Often seen on the beach congregating with other species of seagulls, the bird is considered a medium sized gull at approximately […]