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Taking Stock

Flying Around Clouds The overcast is lifting over the markets. It’s hardly ceiling and visibility unlimited but stocks are beginning to shed their negative bias toward news of earnings reports and other developments. Investors still need patience, bearing in mind the advice of...

Guest Column

Why We Need Coyotes in Our Wildlands   They are known to biologists as keystone species– an animal that keeps the ecosystem intact by what it eats and what it doesn’t eat. The name comes from the top piece in a Roman arch, a wedge that is the last stone hammered into place....

The Kibitzer

  Is Cuba the next Costa Rica? I have seen the future of Cuba, and it’s Costa Rica. At least if America has anything to do with it. I started my extraordinary winter sabbatical in Cuba and ended in Costa Rica. I might as well have started in Venus and ended in Mars. The only...
Posted On 18 Feb 2016

Green Light

The Day Grandmother Ocean Cried “Grandmother Ocean and this coast” have been sacred and life-giving to my people for thousands of years, declared Fred Collins, administrator for the Northern Chumash Council, who went on to praise Dr. Charles Lester, executive director of the...
Posted On 18 Feb 2016

Heart Talk

Read Widely, Buy Locally I have done it. Most likely you have, too. It is so easy. Maybe you’ve heard about a book that sounds interesting and you find it on Amazon, read some reviews by people who are often paid to give their opinions, and with one click you have bought...

Guest column

A Treat for Your Heart February is heart health awareness month and heart disease remains the top killer of men and women in this country. I’m a local physician and a member of our beloved community and I want to help you reduce your risk of dying from this disease. Heart disease...

Pet Peeves

Sunbathers Cooked Who could forget the Coppertone ad with the child’s dog pulling on her bathing suit? So far, two people have told me they have no recollection of such an advertisement. Two others say they have thought of nothing else since and would scold the dog, give the...

Village Matters

Got trees? When I was considering buying the house we now live in on Wildwood Road, I mentioned the address to Fred Lang, my boss at the time. Fred, of course, had to immediately know all about it and dashed over to take a look. It wasn’t 20 minutes before he telephoned. “I think...

Guest Column

The Real Deal on Valentine’s Day By Don Ingwerson Valentine’s Day comes and goes with a flurry of cards, flowers, chocolates, and jewelry. But is that all there is to love? Of course not! Sure, these all are all sweet symbols designed to express our love. But our hearts...

Guest column

Remembering Dick Jahraus, Fanny Lum   On a misty drizzly Sunday last week we said goodbye to two very different people, remembered and honored by a lot of the same people. Fanny Lum worked in the front office at Laguna Beach High School. Her daughter Lorna was my classmate...

Guest column

A Treat for Your Heart February is heart health awareness month and heart disease remains the top killer of men and women in this country. I’m a local physician and a member of our beloved community and I want to help you reduce your risk of dying from this disease. Heart disease...

Pet Peeves

Windy City Sunday is a day of rest. So my Bible tells me so. It was anything but, with gale force winds causing flying debris, grounding seagulls, breaking tree branches and downing power lines. My wife said the gods were angry and needed a sacrifice. I didn’t like the look in...

The Kibitzer

A Good Buzz at City Hall Public comments about prohibiting medical marijuana deliveries and commercial cultivation at this past Tuesday’s Council meeting was a marvelous display of community activism, and proof that Council can be good listeners, capable of changing their minds...
Posted On 05 Feb 2016

Heart Talk

What to Do With Borrowed Time Alta Laguna Park is a great place to start my early morning walk. Around the outfield fence of the baseball diamond, looking down at the valley below, winding my way up to Top of the World School, head back to the tennis courts as the sun begins to...

Guest Column

The Donald Calling   It was very late at night when the phone rang, but I answered it in a New York minute. I could have been dreamingm but it was Donald Trump calling. He never respects people’s sleep since he’s so busy doing deals. A mutual friend suggested to Trump I show...