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Taking Stock

New High Ground  The stock market continues to generate more activity in the media than in price movements of stocks. For the recent quarter ending March 31, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,775 and the S&P 500 at 2068, just where they were on New Year’s Day....

Village Matters

Discouraging Words Sometimes Heard Most council meetings have their dreadful and discouraging moments, with a few glimmers of encouragement here and there, strung together by routine matters. Last week’s was typical of many. As I arrived early in the meeting, planning to give a...

Pet Peeves

Mozambique Mozambique has been making news of late. According to Indy reports, Mozambique has been granted temporary approval to reactivate downstairs dining after its recent completion of the rooftop “al fresco” area. The new expansion is drawing a lot of ink from residents in...

Guest Column

 Can We Trust Edison To Keep Us Safe? “One of the most hazardous materials made by man is spent nuclear fuel.” Physicians for Social Responsibility If Edison has its way, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) site will become a nuclear waste dump. We must not let this...

The Built Environment

Public Improvements Take a Step Backwards When I was growing up in the late ‘40’s and ‘50’s, going camping was what middle class families did. We would spend a couple of weeks each year in some wonderful environment, cooking and sleeping under the stars. Even the buildings,...

Pet Peeves

Up the Creek I have a new dog, Poppy. I give credit for this column to my old dog, Pokey. She’s my muse and the canine to blame when you disagree with what I’ve written. Says so at the bottom of every article. Pokey gets a lot of mail. “I can’t believe you had to live with this...

Musings on the Coast

   Adventures in Yoga Land As readers of this column may recall, last summer I began taking yoga lessons from a hot young thing named Kyrui Lin. She worked me like a beast and she introduced me to Shavasana, the touchy-feely spiritual thing where your mind wanders into space and...
Posted On 09 Apr 2015

Village Matters

Sunday’s very last performance of the Laguna Beach High School’s musical “Bye Bye Birdie” was also the rendition of the last musical production by teacher and director Mark Dressler. He’s retiring after 25 years of building the school’s drama program into an award-winning...

Wisdom Workout

Are You Happy? Given all the holidays when we send wishes for happiness to those we love, let’s delve a little deeper into our personal relationship with happiness. Happiness is a state of mind. How do we get it? What triggers the experience of being happy? What is it about...

Inside Out

Call Him Jeremiah: Laguna’s Homeless Prophet The raw energy of fear spilled out and ran through each diner, making them a cascade of dominos going down for the count. Anastasia Café’s serene Saturday morning vibe morphed into a come-to-Jesus meeting. A massive man with thighs as...

The Slant

New Neighbor Takes Advantage Don’t you hate when an out of towner comes to our small town and tries to reach into your pocket because you live in the 92651. You can live with it when it’s an expensive restaurant or another store because you can decide you don’t need those things....

Shore Scene

Feathered Friend, a Year-Round Resident In the late nineteenth century, snowy egrets (Egretta thula) were hunted almost to extinction for their showy breeding plumes (aigrettes), which were used in the millinery (hat) trade. This was curtailed in North America after 1910 with the...

Pet Peeves

Window Treatments I have a confession to make. I’m a busybody. Nobody likes busybodies. My shrink diagnosed me as a busybody in our first hourly session. Made me mad. So in our second session, I retaliated by pointing out the doctor’s own mental health issues and the reason why I...

Guest Column

Laguna Needs a Skatepark By Michele Hall “The process of getting a skatepark teaches kids in the community valuable lessons about perseverance and that working with their city leaders can be a positive experience.” – Tony Hawke The idea of building a skatepark in Laguna Beach is...

Ask the Expert

Make Your Rooms Bloom Why do we like to look into the homes of others? There is a simple voyeuristic pleasure, of course. Other times we just like to be nosy. Millions of people read magazines like Architectural Digest and watch TV shows such as “MTV Cribs” that keep us and our...