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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Unsolicited Opinions Advice giving is becoming a runaway habit in our society. I suspect it is on the rise in direct proportion to the decline of a general code of accepted behaviors that fall into the old-fashioned category of manners and politeness. Since our local political campaigns are starting to gear up, this might be […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Rally Of Summer  For the third time in the past twelve months, the stock market slid into a downtrend and then, after dipping around five percent, rallied and resumed a confirmed uptrend. It’s like contemporary swimming pools with a maximum depth of five feet, making it easier to avoid getting in over your head. […]

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The Slant

The Slant

What’s Under the Sawdust? What has three acres, over 200,000 visitors and sold at least 15,000 cups of beer and 3,600 glasses of wine last year? It’s Lagunas friendliest art show: The Sawdust. If you have never been or have not been in a while, you should come see what you have been missing. The […]

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Showers Insufficient for Budget Travelers

Showers Insufficient for Budget Travelers

Editor, The article read like we should feel guilty and responsible for the homeless. I’m not from Laguna Beach.  I traveled the west coast the last eight weeks with a friend of mine in a van. Wow, driving the “1” was the best way to appreciate the coast. Chrys at Greeter’s Corner made our visit […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Riding the Moment   There is an old surfer’s proverb that goes like this:  “It’s the same old story.  You gotta cop it sweet.”  In surfing terms, it means when the time is right, go for it.  When the waves are big, surf.  When some other circumstance looks good, go for that, too. They do […]

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The Tale of a Trail

The Tale of a Trail

By Robert Borthwick Lately there is a lot of talk about trails and walkways in Laguna Beach:  bike trails, safe walking routes, “complete streets”, and other methods of non-vehicular circulation.  A few years ago, my firm designed the popular San Clemente Railroad Corridor Beach Trail.  Prior to my involvement, an engineering firm designed an earlier […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

 Leopard Sharks Inhabit Laguna With a range along the coast from Oregon to the Gulf of California, the leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) is common along Laguna’s coastline.  Often found in shallow inshore waters of rocks, sand, kelp beds and muddy estuaries, it’s mostly seen in warm waters of one to 10 feet. The sleek shark […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

The Anomaly: a Blank Slate I read in the Indy that another tattoo parlor opened up.  I wish the young person owner much success. Just from looking around, I think she will be. Everybody is inked. I’m old and not. But I did come close once. My third kid graduated college and I almost got,  […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Anxieties Of August The stock drop on the last day of July was the type of abrupt decline that we have not experienced for quite some time. April had brought an earlier big dip but that was concentrated in higher risk, headline-hunting stocks. Large-cap stocks have been carrying extra weight recently as smaller cap […]

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How to Be a Cool Grandmother

How to Be a Cool Grandmother

By Susan Jacob, Special to the Independent In all my life, I never once concerned myself with being cool. The idea held no interest for me. My family and friends would likely testify to the fact that I am in no way cool. The issue that is motivating me at this late date is the […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Are You Running On Empty? When life was more leisurely, summer was a time for increased relaxation and ease. Today, many of us are speeding down the highway of life at breakneck speeds, demanding that we operate in full-on problem solving mode but with the added pressure that we are supposed to slam on the […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Back in the ‘80s Back in the ‘80s. That phrase seems so strange to me, having grown up with references to old times like “before the war (WWII)” or “back in the ‘50s.” Now here was a “young” man (who must have been about 40 if he was talking about being a kid in the […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Prehistoric Creatures Close-up Chitonsare primitive marine mollusks resembling trilobites whose fossil record can be traced back to the Devonian Period over 400 million years ago. There are over 900 existing species and fossil records for over 400 more extinct species. They have a worldwide distribution and can be found from the rocks in the intertidal […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Groundbreaking Discovery I took an inventory of my life. Bad career. Check. Bad marriage. Check and double check. (Gigantic asterisk needed here.) There has been one divorce, two annulments, three deportations, and a timeout. The timeout cost me the least. My current marriage seems to be working out. Ask my wife, Debbie, if you don’t […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Hey Buddy Hey buddy, whaddaya say? I think there’s something wrong with my hearing. My ears are on the fritz. Don’t roll your eyes at me readers. This is the place to tell you. It’s Pet Peeves. I complain here. Old people are expected to talk about their ailments. We have nothing else, but the […]