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Village Matters

Got trees? When I was considering buying the house we now live in on Wildwood Road, I mentioned the address to Fred Lang, my boss at the time. Fred, of course, had to immediately know all about it and dashed over to take a look. It wasn’t 20 minutes before he telephoned. “I think...

Guest Column

The Real Deal on Valentine’s Day By Don Ingwerson Valentine’s Day comes and goes with a flurry of cards, flowers, chocolates, and jewelry. But is that all there is to love? Of course not! Sure, these all are all sweet symbols designed to express our love. But our hearts...

Guest column

Remembering Dick Jahraus, Fanny Lum   On a misty drizzly Sunday last week we said goodbye to two very different people, remembered and honored by a lot of the same people. Fanny Lum worked in the front office at Laguna Beach High School. Her daughter Lorna was my classmate...

Guest column

A Treat for Your Heart February is heart health awareness month and heart disease remains the top killer of men and women in this country. I’m a local physician and a member of our beloved community and I want to help you reduce your risk of dying from this disease. Heart disease...

Pet Peeves

Windy City Sunday is a day of rest. So my Bible tells me so. It was anything but, with gale force winds causing flying debris, grounding seagulls, breaking tree branches and downing power lines. My wife said the gods were angry and needed a sacrifice. I didn’t like the look in...

The Kibitzer

A Good Buzz at City Hall Public comments about prohibiting medical marijuana deliveries and commercial cultivation at this past Tuesday’s Council meeting was a marvelous display of community activism, and proof that Council can be good listeners, capable of changing their minds...
Posted On 05 Feb 2016

Heart Talk

What to Do With Borrowed Time   Alta Laguna Park is a great place to start my early morning walk. Around the outfield fence of the baseball diamond, looking down at the valley below, winding my way up to Top of the World School, head back to the tennis courts as the sun...

Guest Column

The Donald Calling   It was very late at night when the phone rang, but I answered it in a New York minute. I could have been dreamingm but it was Donald Trump calling. He never respects people’s sleep since he’s so busy doing deals. A mutual friend suggested to Trump I show...

Inside Out

Dancing with Dolphins: Killin’ it with the Orcas   The open expanse of sea can be like a mysterious lover, an unexplored treasure, a call into the wild. I am pulled by wide-open natural spaces and drawn to others who share the same longing. It is not surprising that I...

Pet Peeves

Schedule Your Schedule I read in the Indy that city workers will take off alternate Fridays. I called the city to verify. I got no response. The phone rang and rang. I kept at it. I got through Monday morning at 7:34. The secretary told me the person I wanted would be in Tuesday....

Taking Stock

Time To Buy? Storm clouds are blowing out. Market corrections last a couple of months on average and we probably have a few weeks before a sustained uptrend reemerges. Meanwhile, stocks will churn about, fluctuating in a valuation band that reflects lowered expectations from...

Village Matters

  Reconsider please… Not enough funds to maintain “The Sunbathers” sculpture? The two semi-abstract figures lounge in Nita Carman Park behind the high school baseball field. They will be “deaccessioned” and removed because the cost to refurbish them was deemed to be too high...

Wisdom Workout

Choosing a President “In what American election is the greatest number of votes cast? The answer is, of course, the presidential election. In what American election is the next greatest number of votes cast? The answer is the annual Miss Rheingold contest. In 1956, the vote...

Taking Stock

Sailing Choppy Seas The stock market’s frustrating search for a bottom seems inconsistent with economic realities. The market is a leading indicator, which might raise concerns that it is predicting a forthcoming recession were not actual economic indicators forecasting the...

Pet Peeves

Countess Confidential I saw “Act 3” at the Laguna Beach Playhouse. I did not see Act 1 or 2. I’ve been living in a cave up near the “L” above the high school. It’s been several years now. I was attracted to the location because I thought it stood for loser, an appellation th...