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  Seasick: Corals, Kelp, and Critters This past Sunday’s New York Times published the article “Climate-Related Death of Coral Around World Alarms Scientists.” Laguna does not have coral reefs, so what does this have to do with our small city? Plenty. The climate-related...
Posted On 14 Apr 2016

Shore Scene

Catching Sight of Calico Bass Commercial fishing of calico bass (Paralabrax clathratus) in California has been banned since the 1950s because of overfishing after World War II. Since then, they have rebounded and although still recreationally fished within size limits, the...

Wisdom Workout

Moving Forward It is easy to be inspired by the beauty that surrounds us daily as residents of Laguna Beach. For many of us, living here is like inheriting a little slice of heaven. We choose this city above all others. Our environment brings us external gifts, but the personal...

Pet Peeves

Party Hardy I was surprised to find a note sticking out from the edge of my front doormat. For one, I’ve never gotten a note. And two, my front door is in the back of the house. Even I have trouble finding it. And then I thought did I leave this note? I couldn’t remember, so I...

Taking Stock

Yearnings For Earnings  Stocks finally seem to have recovered their sense of direction after shillyshallying around for months. Earlier this year, defensive issues like tobacco, soup and utilities took center stage. The recent strong rallies kicked the market into a higher gear...

Heart Talk

Life After Medicare There was always a number that seemed old. When I got to that number, I would always revise it upwards, but one number seemed it could not be bumped up and that number was 65. That was the time of life where you entered your two-minute drill, trying to slow...

Village Matters

What Bad Thing is Next? Have you seen the YouTube video that is going viral in Laguna where a fictitious version of Hitler finds out that the reopening of Third Street has been delayed once again? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE-pM2Ygk2c The dreaded dictator has been...

Pet Peeves

What a Gas Trump’s campaign manager was charged in Jupiter, Fla., for simple battery. The difference between simple battery and complex battery is the difference between simple car divorces and Elon Musk divorces that are complex batteries that have far greater charges and go on...

The Kibitzer

Fix the Traffic First I’m amazed that the big news everyone is talking about is the new cultural arts plan, and not the zen crushing gridlock we’re experiencing. It’s an exciting plan, full of worthy goals, but can we please put a moratorium on new projects, or even the study of...
Posted On 31 Mar 2016

Taking Stock

Change For A Quarter  Stocks wrung in the New Year with the worst 10-day start in market history. Those gloomy days followed a disappointing year that ended with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down two percent. Many investors are overly influenced by the most recent market...

Wisdom Workout

April Fool’s Day The custom of setting aside a day for the playing of pranks on friends is recognized everywhere. In one famous prank from 1957, the BBC broadcast aired a film in their current affairs series showing Swiss farmers picking freshly grown spaghetti, in what they...

Pet Peeves

Cuban Sandwich I love the Cuban sandwich. So of course, I was very interested in President Obama’s recent trip to Cuba. I put a call in to the White House and placed a Cuban sandwich order. I’m checking the sky now for my Amazon delivery. How much do you tip a drone? I’m thrilled...

Tagging Begone

Editor, I am a resident in South Laguna and wanted to forward photos of Table Rock Beach to you. The vandalism on our beaches (especially the outrageous tagging of the cliffs themselves!!) is out of control and no one seems able to do anything about it. I emailed these to the...

Village Matters

Feeling the Heat The pot boiled over and the soup spilled on the stove. In the overall scheme of things it was just a little incident. But it was indicative of a greater problem; the heat has been turned up for a long time. The heat I’m talking about is not only the many warm...

Heart Talk

A Luddite’s Lament I heard a story at a brunch that should have shocked me, but sadly did not. An acquaintance was walking along Heisler Park and spied a blue whale remarkably close to shore. He excitedly shouted to the person next to him to take notice of this magnificent...