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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 […]

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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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The Slant

The Slant

Unknown Author Writes a Reality Check Before taking a seat on a bench, I noticed a piece of paper with handwritten text. I had just finished a bike ride. I stopped to look at the view from Alta Laguna Park and catch my breath. I picked it up and read what you are about to […]

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Speaker's Corner

Speaker’s Corner

Laying Out Ranch Plans First and foremost, I’d like to thank the people of Laguna for their overwhelming support of our restoration here at The Ranch at Laguna Beach (Aliso Creek/Ben Browns). Inevitably, while complementing what we’re doing, they offer to help support our efforts and set the record straight on what is (and isn’t) […]

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Speaker's Corner

Speaker’s Corner

Good Schools Deserve Good Management Let’s be clear, in civic affairs it is positive to point out negatives that need to be addressed to preserve overall positive outcomes.  Concomitantly, it is negative to be positive but in denial about negatives impeding optimal results. So it is positive that people are questioning the school board’s recent […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Fed Points The Way The Federal Reserve under new Chair Janet Yellen continues to shape the financial markets. Its policies persist in those set by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, who led the recovery from the financial disasters of 2007-2008. New programs of unprecedented depth provided liquidity and low interest rates, a powerful combination still […]

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Drive-Ins Sans Cars

Drive-Ins Sans Cars

I’m excited about Thursdays. The other days are boring because they don’t have outdoor movie night at the Ranch. Instead, on those non-Thursdays, there’s a never-ending rerun of men lying about their golf scores and handicaps. A Monday golfer says, “Put me down for a three.” His buddy says, “You shot an eight.” A Tuesday […]