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The Kibitzer

  Finally, Enlightenment Over Water Conservation Just when you thought Orange County was a hopeless backwater of evangelicals and climate deniers, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recently blessed us with his 80th birthday celebration and Global Compassion Conference. The noise...
Posted On 16 Jul 2015

One Family’s Story

  An extraordinary event happened on our 39th wedding anniversary: the Supreme Court decided that same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states. What possibly could connect these two events? Those 39 years reflect a lifetime of love and intimacy and commitment. And now our...

Wisdom Workout

The Three-Legged Race   Large community picnics were a staple of summer when I was growing up. One of the activities was the three-legged race. The way it works is that you pair up with a partner. Your leg is tied to your teammates leg. The goal is to move as fast as you can...

Pet Peeves

  Pursuit of Happiness This year’s Pageant of the Masters show is entitled, “Pursuit of Happiness.” My initial reaction was “wow,” they’re doing a show about the 1963 Rockefeller marriage and the pursuit of Happy Rockefeller by the angry spouses and families left behind. But...

Taking Stock

Experience, Investigation And Action Predicting the future is a popular activity. Less favorable results come from the overly confident. Several years ago the CEO of Microsoft dismissed the iPhone for its high cost and lack of a keyboard. He said, “There’s no chance that the...

Musings on the Coast

Surprises Behind Cuba’s Socialist Curtain, Part 2   Jandres Burgos was born in the worst ghetto of Puerto Rico. His father abandoned his family early on. His mother, quite beautiful, became the mistress of the biggest drug lord on the island. Jandres, as a 10-year old, remembers...
Posted On 02 Jul 2015

The Kibitzer

The Dead is Alive and Well Last weekend in San Francisco was an historic event that brought people of all stripes together in sacred union. I’m not talking about gay pride. It was the start of the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well tour; five performances they swear will be their...
Posted On 02 Jul 2015

Village Matters

Seeing Beyond a Label “You should be aware that not all gays feel well represented by Bob Gentry,” a gay politico told me. “Why not?” I responded. It was 1990 or thereabouts and I was a new naïve councilmember. I didn’t know Bob Gentry when I was first elected, except as a...

Taking Stock

Power Stocks Stocks finished the June quarter with a whimper. As the simmering Euro crisis with Greece finally boiled over, markets dipped everywhere and then began coming back when investors realized that most other economies would easily survive the possible failure of the...

The Slant

Curmudgeons, Complainers Clog Laguna One of the advantages of living in a small town is that residents have a voice in participatory government. On occasion our city council shows some vision and leadership, which is what we elect them for. Then a group of folks decide they don’t...

Green Light

Three Amigos of Aliso Creek No, this is not a tale about three South Laguna gunslingers dueling at high noon with a sheriff’s posse from “big town,” some four miles north of here. Instead, armed with nothing more than our thoughts and dedication to protecting our local ocean,...
Posted On 25 Jun 2015

Pet Peeves

Roll Call I had a dream the other night… The City Council looked up and noticed people missing. Poof, appointees had disappeared into thin air. “Where are all our appointees?” Nobody knew. Nobody answered. For the first time in Laguna history, the room was silent. The council was...

Taking Stock

Keeping Stocks On Course The stock market indices continue to crawl toward record highs without attracting much interest and even less enthusiasm. Despite the usual sound and fury, the overall market gains are tepid with both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500...

The Kibitzer

Kill The Grass What are lawns, and what is their purpose beyond easily identifying where a dog craps? When did sod and turf become ubiquitous replacements for natural landscapes? Well, we can thank our bloody forbearers, the British. You see, in our never-ending Anglo-Envy,...
Posted On 18 Jun 2015

Village Matters

Historic Preservation, Working or Not? That’s the question the Heritage Committee, Planning Commission and City Council will be struggling with in the months to come. The city’s historical preservation consultant has been examining the inventory of historic properties that was...