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The Slant

Your Vote Sends a Message A leader is someone who has vision and blazes a trail that can others follow. Good ideas coupled with charisma and connections have spectacular results in politics. Leaders with vision and new ideas are especially important in a small town. We have many...

Wisdom Workout

  In the Home Stretch   The current City Council race has captured my attention. The level of commitment and involvement required of all seven candidates is both impressive and daunting. I’ve attended three of the forums and as a result, specific qualifications...

Pet Peeves

An Elongated No Thanks I was invited to participate in the upcoming performance art entitled “An Elongated Now.” The event is an inspiration of artist Lita Albuquerque and is being sponsored by the Laguna Art Museum. Well, I actually didn’t receive an invitation. It was a shout...

Taking Stock

‘Tis The Season Like a vanishing Halloween ghost, the Federal Reserve ended the tapering of its bond-buying program, at least for the time being. As the Fed announced last month that it intended to end the program this month, the news should not have been surprising although Wall...

Pet Peeves

Liar Liar Liar, liar, pants on fire. City Council candidates are shopping for new trousers on a daily basis. “I can’t explain it,” shrugged one candidate, who cradled a fire extinguisher for protection. “I was at a forum. I answered a question about kelp. I said that I was an...

Green Light

When Ideology Trumps Facts In the ongoing, fractious city council election, Lagunans have been jolted by Jon Madison’s inability to validate implausible, phony academic achievements. Lagunans received another jolt at the Firebrand Media-organized candidate forum on Oct. 14 when...
Posted On 23 Oct 2014

Village Matters

Stuck in the Middle “Clowns to left of me. Jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” This phrase from the 1972 Stealer’s Wheel song came to mind as I was thinking of the council election forums. Is that what some of our candidates are feeling? Especially with...

Musings on the Coast

The Madness At Fisherman’s Cove This is the story of the almost laughable madness at Fisherman’s Cove. I say “almost” because you either have to laugh or cry. It begins with Boat Canyon, which drains a small part of north Laguna’s coastal hills and outflows at Fisherman’s Cove....
Posted On 21 Oct 2014

Musings on the Coast

The Madness At Fisherman’s Cove This is the story of the almost laughable madness at Fisherman’s Cove. I say “almost” because you either have to laugh or cry. It begins with Boat Canyon, which drains a small part of north Laguna’s coastal hills and outflows at Fisherman’s Cove....
Posted On 16 Oct 2014

The Talk

By D.J. Ware People often ask me what being almost 80 and climbing is really like. So far the vintage years are good, and making good decisions is essential to living a good life. I’ve learned over the years, when the bluebird of happiness drops a load on you, the decisions to...

Pet Peeves

Posse I loved cowboy shows when I was a kid. My 12 pair of cowboy boots is a testament of my fan devotion even to today. These same 12 pair that are never lined up right in the closet is the opposing testament of my wife’s disdain of cowboy shows. My little wife of the prairie...

Shore Scene

Don’t Wreck the Wrack Until the 1960s, thick kelp forests grew along the Southern California coast with the largest kelp bed in Orange County just off Main Beach. Over the ensuing years, normal El Niño / La Niña cycles and storms ravaged the kelp. With the cumulative impact of...

Village Matters

Balancing Coastal Perspectives The lights were blazing all night long in the AVCO Community Developers’ property south of Monarch Bay. Giant grading machines were scraping non-stop through the hillsides, shaping landforms for a new subdivision. It was fall of 1972. The public was...

Shore Scene

To Whelk or Not Occasionally one comes upon a particularly large white spiral shell deposited on the beach or in the tidepools. This beautiful shell is the hard protective covering of the largest gastropod (snail) found in Laguna, the Kellet’s Whelk (Kelletia kelletii). Capable...

Pet Peeves

A Funny Thing Happened… A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. I found parking. It was a dream California style. There were avocado plum fairies and open spaces dancing in my head. Even, the seven candidates running for city council found parking, too. We had arrived to...