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Guest Column: Poor Hunting

Celia was delivering a baby when most of her community left. The hunting had decreased progressively, they had to leave or starve. Celia was weak herself from inadequate food. She feared for her infant daughter who was small and had some difficulty nursing. Many infants had not...

Taking Stock

Here Comes June, Here Comes The Economy The economy contracted during the first quarter. The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, which accurately predicted this disappointing first quarter, just updated its forecast for the current second quarter to a 1.1% increase in GDP. This doesn’t...

The Kibitzer

Vacation Rentals Can Work in Laguna I love home share sites like AirBnB and VRBO. They have shrunken the world and democratized hospitality in a marvelous way. I stay in unique architectural abodes in interesting neighborhoods, instead of hotels in tourist districts. I have a...

Guest column

Drought ‘Solutions’ Deserve Closer Scrutiny How do all us water wise Lagunatics feel now? We saved and saved water while our neighbors in Newporsche Beach kept their sprinklers going full blast right up till the end. The result is they must cut back 28% from their profligate...

Green Light

Aliso Creek Back to the Future $1.6 million! That’s what was recently paid for William Wendt’s painting, “The Old Coast Road.” The amount was more than twice the anticipated selling price for this iconic work of art. This brought to mind a color plate I saw long ago of Wendt’s...
Posted On 28 May 2015

Pet Peeves

My 15 Minutes The unthinkable happened on April 25. The Orange County Press Club notified me by email that Pet Peeves was a finalist in the Excellence for Journalism Awards. I have never seen the words pet peeves and excellence used in the same sentence. I reread it again. The...

Taking Stock

Readiness is All Slow growth continues. This is a generally favorable environment for stock investors as it discourages the booms and busts that accompany apparent but unsustainable growth surges. Recent examples were the dot.com frenzy of 2000 and the popping of the housing...

Shore Scene

Raptors Lured to New Habitat June 1972 is considered the date of the first important victory in the modern environmental movement. That is when DDTwas banned by the EPA because it was shown that using the pesticide led to eggshell thinning in raptors and other birds, including...

Pet Peeves

Skating By I’ve morphed into that old guy my friends and I used to make fun of when we were kids. I tell today’s kids to turn down the music, not to smoke and not to skateboard over the fire hydrant in front of my house. And the kids’ reaction to me is to turn up the music, smoke...

Guest Column

Ah-ha Anniversaries 50 Years after My Fall; Ten Years Since the Landslide I have experienced several ah-ha moments over the course of my lifetime.  One included “winning” the first draft lottery of the Vietnam War.  Yes, my date of birth, Sept. 14, was the first...

The Slant

Haggen’s Price Pinch Grocery stores are a wonderland. I love them. They have everything you could want or need in one place. A month ago I visited our new grocery store, Haggen, which replaced Albertsons recently. My takeaway from the visit was its unusually high prices. I have...

Musings on the Coast

‘Lost’ is Days Away   My daughter Gabby graduated from college in Portland this month and we were at dinner with her friends. At the time, the “kids” were two nights away from their graduation ceremonies and they were done with freaking out. That was three months ago. They also...
Posted On 21 May 2015

Pet Peeves

Skating By I’ve morphed into that old guy my friends and I used to make fun of when we were kids. I tell today’s kids to turn down the music, not to smoke and not to skateboard over the fire hydrant in front of my house. And the kids’ reaction to me is to turn up the music, smoke...

Taking Stock

The Tree in the Forest If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This philosophical thought experiment reminds me of the muted manner in which the financial media is reacting to stock market averages climbing to new highs. During the past...

The Kibitzer

Hello Laguna Hi. It’s me. No, you didn’t pick up the wrong paper. It’s the right one. I wrote for those other guys for two years. Can’t say a bad word about them. Good people all. Some excellent writers too. It was just time for something new. Truth be told, I want to support the...