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Pet Peeves

Peeking Into the Artist Colony Oh boy, what fun. I read in the Indy about the Open Studios event scheduled for Jan. 3. Artists welcomed the public into their studios to see how they create art. I’ve always suspected that a lot of artists paint by numbers. They don’t. This event...

Ban The Bananas!

Yes, folks, it’s time you knew the truth: bananas are radioactive. Enough bananas can exceed the nuclear radiation emanating from nuclear power stations, which got me to thinking about all the hullaballoo about nuclear power stations but not about bananas. While I was rummaging...

The Slant

War declared on freedom of speech Freedom of speech is under attack. In the last few weeks two incidents have seemed to draw a line in the sand. The recent movie the Interview and now at least 12 deaths associated with the attack on a magazine in Paris. War has been declared on...

Taking Stock

Opportunity Rising The Old Year fled as the New Year stumbled in without the usual year-end “Santa Claus Rally.” Oil prices continued their collapse with the spillover impacting all commodity prices. On balance, these drops are a net benefit for the global economy but the...

New Year’s 2001: A Short Story

  Editor’s Note: This week’s digest entries mark the final installment of submissions by writers in film director and local resident Christine Fugate’s writing workshop. In 2000, Laguna Beach was not just a city with a near zero crime rate, sky high income levels, and...

Village Matters

Miller Captures Forgotten Laguna   “Lunch at the Senior Center, Laguna,” Dec. 25, 1997, Douglas Miller. That was the old senior center at Legion Hall, and I bought Doug’s painting because it was such an atypical view of Laguna, something from real life. The balding head in...

Inside Out

Left in Laguna: A Privilege “I know your type, honey! The woods are full of ‘em like you. Whether you are black, white, skinny or fat, rich or poor. One more word from you missy and you’ll be out in the hall faster than I can say Jack Robinson.” Her index finger shaking, Mrs....

Casting Off the Uninspired Life

Experts claim that if you’d like to “change your ways,” the most effective thing to do is to substitute something better for the thing you are trying to quit or improve. So, I thought I’d give this expert advice a try by relocating from Chicago to Laguna Beach. I am delighted to...

Pet Peeves

The Nuclear Family I was taught the most important thing in the world is the nuclear family. I learned this lesson from my uncle, who was married four times and had an extended nuclear family. This family does not get along with each other and the turmoil puts a strain on my...

All Hail the Christmas Queen!

  My mother shows up for holidays like a southern California rainstorm. You know she’s coming, but there’s only so much you can do to prepare. She is the Christmas Queen, and ready or not, here she comes with her Royal To-Do List, from which no daughter (me) may divert....

Ms. Holly Jolly

  “Well hello there. Allow me to introduce myself! I’m Ms. Holly Jolly, the most jolly of all Laguna-nites,” she said as she glided into the room, hand out-stretched, fully expecting me to take it and gently press my lips upon her fingers, like a knight would with a fair...

Wish Upon a Star

All I want for Christmas is . . . ? Since I still have my two front teeth, all I want is for three wishes to come true. My first wish is to open up an art gallery in Laguna Beach, a gallery devoted to children’s art, family art projects, and special exhibitions for emerging...

Christmas Past

  My sister, Kathy, went to Laguna Beach High School. Once in a while she would skip school in the afternoon, grab a taco, and sun bathe on Main Beach. On one of those days she met a gorgeous man named Poe. Poe was a vacationing model from New York City. His picture was...

Anticipating Calamity for Christmas

  By Alice C. Meek “I’m picking up dad at noon today. We’ll drive into Laguna immediately, if I can talk him out of stopping for paint at the Crown. He is determined to have a project.” “You are saying that after all the preparation for this...

Pet Peeves

Guardian Angels I was fascinated reading the Indy article, “Devout Artist Focuses Her Lens on Heaven.”   Kerry Swank is a gifted photographer who did photographic portraits of members of California’s upper echelons. I was never photographed. A deeply religious person, Swank heard...