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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Riding Attire   I’m exercised out after reading the Indy article, “Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety.” I’m excited that the Council put the pedal to the metal to discover alternate biking routes to Coast Highway. It can’t be soon enough. And then I thought, what if council members, Toni Iseman, Steve Dicterow, […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Peace of Mind in Stressful Times   The tragedy of 9/11 sits in the background at the start of each September. The daily newscasts inform us of all the threats worldwide. Then there are the personal challenges we each face. Bombardment of outside threats that we have no power to alleviate creates a context of […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Old Pilots and Bold Pilots Apple (AAPL-$100) kicked off the fall stock season with a trio of new products. Its new iPhone expands the screen and the iWatch shrinks it. Apple will sell millions of these to people who didn’t know that they really wanted them until this week. The iPay system is less dramatic […]

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Finding Art

Finding Art

By Susan Jacob I am relatively new in Laguna Beach; I arrived only 20 years ago. I believed that the magnificent background and sea air were behind the incredible artistic community we enjoy. I continue to realize additional depth and diversity in Laguna’s world of art as years go by. I originated from St. Louis, […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Lessons in Kindness Cultivating kindness is a goal of Anaheim’s Mayor Tom Tait. We may not think of this urbanized town in that light, but as a way of improving their community from the inside out, the city embraced his initiative to promote kindness and encourage volunteers to share their time and talent as a […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

What I Learned On My Summer Vacation As lucky readers may remember, I took off all three months of summer. It was to be with my kids (ages 25, 21 and 19), here for an extended time as a group and probably the last time. They are in that stage of life when one accelerates […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Civics Lesson 101 I was a good student most of the time. I raised my hand before answering teacher questions. I did my homework on time. I got good grades. And no I don’t want to be Laguna’s next school principal. I’ve seen what happens to people that do everything right. They have to leave. […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

September Songs Stocks left behind slow summer trading on a run, entering September on sharply increased volume. The market left little doubt of its short-term momentum, scoring new highs above 17,000 on both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and above 2,000 on the S&P 500. The U.S. economy supports these advances as its slow recovery […]

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The Slant

The Slant

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Lawyers The look on everyone’s face confirmed it. She looked sad as she said, “Laguna Beach has become Beverly Hills of the beach.” I thought about it for a moment. It does seem that things have changed for a ritzy side since the show “Laguna Beach” spread […]

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Let Aliso Creek Take Nature’s Path

Let Aliso Creek Take Nature’s Path

By Tex Haines Sixty truckloads of sand flush out into the ocean every time the Aliso Creek berm is breached. It is fairly simple math to calculate the volume of sand. It is a truncated pyramid approximately 50 yards at the base, 20 yards across the top, 20 yards wide and three yards deep: 1800 […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

  S&P Hits 2000; What’s Next? Market professionals use the Standard & Poor’s index of 500 stocks rather than the popular Dow Jones Industrial package of 30. Still, if you ask one of them how the market is doing, she will probably respond with the change in the Dow. The DJIA has greater historical roots, […]

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Memory of A Day Past

Memory of A Day Past

  By Arnie Silverman On Sept. 3, 1939, in response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, England and France, allies of the overrun nations declared war on Germany. That year started out well for me. I managed to get a job as a newsboy. Those were still rough, economic times, and even in D.C. with the […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Big Plans vs. Small Adjustments… “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…” Daniel Burnham.  This advice from one of the designers of the Chicago 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition, may have been taken too seriously by our governmental policy makers.  Big projects have been proposed in Laguna Beach, time after time, […]

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Debate Housing for the Homeless Based on Facts

Debate Housing for the Homeless Based on Facts

By Marshall Ininns Several misconceptions about Friendship Shelter’s proposed permanent supportive housing apartments have made their way in to public statements and news coverage recently. It’s important that we remember the facts: The Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) emergency shelter:  There seem to be many misconceptions about the current program at the ASL on Laguna Canyon Road […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Temple of Memory Attics and basements were a staple of most houses on the East Coast, where I was brought up. The attic was often stifling hot, cramped and suffocating. You would ascend a steep, narrow stairway, a storage box held precariously in hand, and deposit it in the nearest empty space, relieved to […]