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Abundance

  California 40 million strong A concrete bubble Cocooned by TV, Twitter, technology In Laguna Beach/ Carefree neighborhoods packed garages, full driveways, storage units lights, stoves, phones Green lawns, clean cars, Fiji, Evian/ Pacific’s edge Sail boats, jet skis,...

Holiday Digest

Silver Bells It was clear and visibility unlimited, the kind of day that Californians insist upon. Lucas, Gracie and I were making the most of it on a stretch of old road between I-5 and Trestles beach. The pups were in heaven. Gracie was tracking every worthy scent, her front...

Pet Peeves

We’re back from our version of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I didn’t get a bonus or swimming pool. Relatives are the same. Did you miss us, Laguna? Oh, I’m sorry to hear real estate fell 5% on the day of our return. There’s no need to worry, home values will bounce back...

Musings on the Coast

Making Sense of 2015 I make my living as a real estate developer and have many developer friends, who in OC are overwhelmingly Republican. Let me tell you: they are worried to death. A sea change is happening in America.   You can feel it. Olds truths are melting away.   The...
Posted On 30 Dec 2015

The Final Solstice

    Freya waited in line, pulling her tattered grey cashmere poncho closer to her. The sun had almost completely set and the night brought with it the cold that she felt now more than before. The young people handing out old backpacks and purses were still smiling and...

Without Raisins, It’s Not Christmas

By Eileen Keighley Editor’s Note: The next two editions will include submissions from a writers’ workshop, led by local resident Christine Fugate. All are fiction, except as noted.   As my first American Christmas without family from across the pond, we’re breaking with...

T’was the Night Before Tech-mas

By Susan Jacob T’was the night before Tech-mas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring; we have a cat and no mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children had smuggled electronic games in their...

The Kibitzer

Juiceless, But a Deluge of Other Delights It’s Christmas in Laguna, another reminder that we are as blessed as any humans on earth! I hope you’re feeling merry, getting on with everyone, and your children appreciate not just the overindulgence of everything, but the blessings of...
Posted On 24 Dec 2015

The Treasure

Esperanza sat in the weak winter sunlight, still as the statue of the Virgin de Guadalupe that protected the mission’s chapel. Though she dare not say it, she felt the Virgin had lapsed in her duties. High on the bluff, she and her husband Carlos watched a man in a gold-trimmed...

Pet Peeves

Wily Coyotes “A dingo’s got my baby,” is an unforgettable line delivered by Meryl Streep in the 1987 movie “Evil Angels.” Streep learned the hard way about kids and dogs upstaging you. And the audience learned to stay out of the Australian outback and instead to get their down...

Guest Column

          Coming Home to the Deeper Meaning of Christmas     “Come home for Christmas!” This was the message that advertising executive Jose Sokoloff ingeniously broadcast to guerrilla fighters in a country that hadn’t known peace for 50 years. As a...

Village Matters

Gifts From the Past Does anyone remember green stamps? Back in the olden days instead of getting points on your credit card for making purchases we got green stamps. They accumulated in a drawer all year and Mom said if we pasted them in the redemption books, we could turn them...

Wisdom Workout

Find Holiday Magic   The holiday card that I found the other day at the Laguna Colony Company on Forest Avenue said: “Christmas Therapy Group.” It pictured a caricature of a psychiatrist sitting in front of a semi-circle that included Santa, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the...

Guest Column

The Best Gift It’s 1957 and a 6-year-old boy sits in the dark in front of a Christmas tree waiting for his family to wake up. He stares at the brightly wrapped presents and hunts for those with his name on them. Surely it must be this one, he thinks to himself, while trying to...

Column: Inside Out

 Tree Burnings and Islamaphobia South Coast Plaza’s 96-foot tall Christmas tree went up in a blaze early Monday outside the Westin Hotel in Costa Mesa. A stately old pine from Mt. Shasta valued at $120,000.00 burst into a 10-ton fiery torch that lit up the early morning sky....