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Musings on the Coast

What I Learned On My Summer Vacation As lucky readers may remember, I took off all three months of summer. It was to be with my kids (ages 25, 21 and 19), here for an extended time as a group and probably the last time. They are in that stage of life when one accelerates into...
Posted On 04 Sep 2014

Pet Peeves

Civics Lesson 101 I was a good student most of the time. I raised my hand before answering teacher questions. I did my homework on time. I got good grades. And no I don’t want to be Laguna’s next school principal. I’ve seen what happens to people that do everything right. They...

Taking Stock

September Songs Stocks left behind slow summer trading on a run, entering September on sharply increased volume. The market left little doubt of its short-term momentum, scoring new highs above 17,000 on both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and above 2,000 on the S&P 500....

The Slant

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Lawyers The look on everyone’s face confirmed it. She looked sad as she said, “Laguna Beach has become Beverly Hills of the beach.” I thought about it for a moment. It does seem that things have changed for a ritzy side since the show “Laguna...

Let Aliso Creek Take Nature’s Path

By Tex Haines Sixty truckloads of sand flush out into the ocean every time the Aliso Creek berm is breached. It is fairly simple math to calculate the volume of sand. It is a truncated pyramid approximately 50 yards at the base, 20 yards across the top, 20 yards wide and three...

Taking Stock

  S&P Hits 2000; What’s Next? Market professionals use the Standard & Poor’s index of 500 stocks rather than the popular Dow Jones Industrial package of 30. Still, if you ask one of them how the market is doing, she will probably respond with the change in the Dow....

Memory of A Day Past

  By Arnie Silverman On Sept. 3, 1939, in response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, England and France, allies of the overrun nations declared war on Germany. That year started out well for me. I managed to get a job as a newsboy. Those were still rough, economic times, and...

Village Matters

Big Plans vs. Small Adjustments… “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…” Daniel Burnham.  This advice from one of the designers of the Chicago 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition, may have been taken too seriously by our governmental policy...

Debate Housing for the Homeless Based on Facts

By Marshall Ininns Several misconceptions about Friendship Shelter’s proposed permanent supportive housing apartments have made their way in to public statements and news coverage recently. It’s important that we remember the facts: The Alternative Sleeping Location...

Wisdom Workout

The Temple of Memory Attics and basements were a staple of most houses on the East Coast, where I was brought up. The attic was often stifling hot, cramped and suffocating. You would ascend a steep, narrow stairway, a storage box held precariously in hand, and deposit it in the...

Pet Peeves

Green with Envy I’m green with envy after reading the Indy article, “A Bond Forged In Salt Water.”  I could never wear those green bathing hats. But the Hales look quite good.  Just to double check, I went to Aliso Creek’s CVS Pharmacy and bought a white bathing cap. They were...

Photo by Mike Altishin

Consider the Bonita Chiquita Señorita A fish abundantly found in the waters of Laguna Beach is the señorita (Oxyjulis californica).  With its two other locally found relatives, the California sheephead and the rock wrasse, it belongs to the second largest family of marine fishes,...

An Englishman Abroad… Reflections On Laguna

By Richard Grice When I arrived at Laguna Beach, I stood on the high cliffs gazing out across the ocean toward the shadowy outline of Catalina Island. This was the end of the road. The last stop on a journey of classical western culture, which started 2700 years ago when the...

Understanding the Value of Patience During Crisis

  The phone rang at 8 p.m. “We need you to go to our client’s office first thing in the morning,” said the insurance agent. “Their CEO was just killed in a plane crash.” I went online and watched horrific TV news coverage of a fiery crash of a private plane at a local...

Shore Scene

Peeping at a Prickly, Purple Pincushion Who would suspect that a prickly, purple pincushion looking thing we see on the rocks would hide a beautiful pale green shell that we find rolling in the waves? This is the test (external skeleton) of the purple sea urchin...