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The Kibitzer

Are We Sharky Yet? Disclaimer: I had a lot of pushback about publishing this column because of the great and largely irrational fear of the amazing species known as sharks. But unlike Brutus in Julius Caesar, I come to praise sharks, not to bury them. I have sharks on my mind....
Posted On 31 Jul 2015

Shore Scene

  Snails Find Home in a Tube Deposited by the tides, a common find along Laguna’s eight-mile shore are broken off pieces of light colored irregularly curled, coiled and twisted tubes. Looking like homes for worms, the shells are actually a vermetid gastropod, a type of...

Pet Peeves

Photosynthesis   Some subjects are off limits. I avoid topics that I know next to nothing about. Indy readers disagree. They say my columns prove that I know nuthin’ about nuthin’. So I’ll revise my opening statement. I avoid all topics and write only nonsense. However, this...

Wisdom Workout

Pig Tales     One of my father’s favorite sayings was: “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” As a teenager, I wondered why anyone would want a silk purse and who would be so sadistic that they would think of using a sow’s ear to make a purse in the first place. I did...

Taking Stock

Stocks For Going Steady Once again, stocks slumped for several days, prompting the media to sound storm warnings. Led by tech and biotechs, stocks then caught their breath, put together a string of rallies and reassumed their uptrend. These elastic rebounds are remarkably...

Village Matters

Jolted Into Action There was a strong thump and a jolt. Then I realized I had just been rear-ended. It was noon last Friday, one of our hot and humid summer beach days. Coast Highway was congested with cars going both directions. It seems like there are more beach goers than ever...

Musings on the Coast

                                  Facing Up to Mexico’s Problem   Mexico has a huge problem and it has nothing to do with Donald Trump’s racist rants. Its problem is the insatiable demand for illegal drugs from its northern neighbor. The Council on Foreign Relations estimates the...
Posted On 23 Jul 2015

Pet Peeves

Poetry Runoff Whew. I read in the Indy that the first case of an offending tree obstructing the skyline has been settled. Only a few details remain. There appears to be one tree house found in the tree, whose origin remains unknown, but may be eligible for the Heritage list. And...

Taking Stock

The Third Year Theme This, the third year of the presidential election cycle, has historically been very favorable for the stock market. That’s good news as stocks are still having trouble sustaining traction. Led by Apple and Google, the NASDAQ over-the-counter stock average...

The Slant

Rethinking the Lorax A generation of people grew up loving Lorax, a Dr. Seuss character. The Lorax “spoke for the trees” and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. The illustrated book and animated movie made those who cut trees into villains. As it was intended,...

Guest Column

Earning Puppy Love Oct. 13, 1997-July 2, 2015 Our dog, Bogart died earlier this month. Rosalie found him tucked in his bed and when he didn’t get up for his morning walk, she ran to wake me.  He looked very peaceful. Still, we cried, but were thankful he died in his sleep in his...

Pet Peeves

Always on the Wrong Side I love the trolleys. Seems like a lot of others do, too. It’s uplifting to see the smiling faces as they pass me by. I’ve come to realize that my place in Laguna is to step aside and allow younger folks, which means everyone else, to climb aboard before...

Shore Scene

Avoid Pinching Crabs   When wandering among the tidepools, who can resist watching little crabs scurrying across the surface of the rocks or along the bottom of a tidepool? Living in the upper intertidal zone under rocks, in crevices, in tidepools and within mussel beds, the...

The Kibitzer

  Finally, Enlightenment Over Water Conservation Just when you thought Orange County was a hopeless backwater of evangelicals and climate deniers, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recently blessed us with his 80th birthday celebration and Global Compassion Conference. The noise...
Posted On 16 Jul 2015

One Family’s Story

  An extraordinary event happened on our 39th wedding anniversary: the Supreme Court decided that same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states. What possibly could connect these two events? Those 39 years reflect a lifetime of love and intimacy and commitment. And now our...