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Pet Peeves

Face Up The other day I was making fun of some young guy behind his back. I’m too old and frail to do it face to face. Here’s what I was gossiping about. I was commenting on men’s hairdos and suits. Young guys are wearing their hair parted and buzzed on the sides. The suit...

The Slant

A Slice from the Good and Bad in Paradise   I was born in the summer of my 18th year. I came to Laguna Beach with my parents to tour what was then the Art Institute of Southern California now Laguna College of Art and Design. While walking the downtown my senses were filled...

The Kibitzer

  ‘Tis the Season to Rent Your Home Last Friday’s Hospitality Night was deja-vu all over again – our annual reminder of how great it would be if we eliminated cars entirely and made Forest Avenue a year-round pedestrian plaza. But alas, we are the City of No. Same with...
Posted On 10 Dec 2015

Guest Column

Holiday Songs In the late 1960s, Simon and Garfunkel released an album, “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme,” the last song on which was “Silent Night/7 0’clock News.” As they sung the lyrics of one of the most moving Christmas songs, there was in the background, slowly...

Guest Column

This Laguna Liberal Agrees with Newt By Denny Freidenrich My political DNA leans left, so when I agree with former Speaker Newt Gingrich, I have to pinch myself.  More about that later. I have been a serious student of politics since 1972.  That’s when I worked on Capitol...

Pet Peeves

Need for Speed I got caught speeding in Nebraska. I blame Laguna Beach. Here’s what happened. I was passing the exit for Kearney. This exit is just west of the better-known Lincoln exit. Lincoln is the home of the University of Nebraska and Johnny Carson. Both are icons and...

Wisdom Workout

An Elegant Mind Since the holiday season is upon us, the demands on your time and energy will most likely increase. Since you have no control over the season in general, we might as well take a few moments to do a reality check on your current state of mind to give you the best...

Taking Stock

Money And Holidays Stocks continue their pattern of meandering without sustained trends. An uptrend developed after the summer slump and then came under pressure in the absence of any compelling news events. Anxieties stemming from violence here and abroad plague us all, leaving...

Musings on the Coast

My Winter Vacation We missed our scheduled flight to Dublin from Heathrow, so had to wait three hours for the next one, all the while suffering from the night before. It was an insane wedding at a mansion venue 90 minutes north of London. My girlfriend Kim Bowen danced until 6:30...
Posted On 04 Dec 2015

Pet Peeves

Christmas Tree Caper I didn’t get the message. I showed up the Sunday after Thanksgiving with grandkids in tow for the tree lighting ceremony at the Montage. “Pop-Pop, where’s the tree?” which is a great question coming from the grandkid who up until then could only ask why this...

Taking Stock

Here Comes Santa Claus Holiday shopping got off to a mixed start. Traffic was weak at Gap, Old Navy and Chico’s and up at TJX (TJX-$70), the global leader in off-price apparel and home fashions. Costco (COST-$165) stock is trading near all-time highs as same-store sales were up...

Pet Peeves

GoPro Alert Last week was my birthday. My grandkids sent me presents. I have two sets of three grandkids each from my two daughters. The Wisconsin set sent me a GoPro. The Chicago set sent me a Life Alert bracelet. Now, I’m all set for that Laguna skateboard park. Build it and I...

The Slant

Dana Point Answers Laguna’s Problems Parking, congestion, safety issues, lack of sidewalks, short term rentals…. Laguna has growing pains in adjusting to the seemingly increasing invasive tourist population. We are used to hibernating in summer to avoid it all. We spend lots of...

Guest column

“My Cat Wants to Eat Me for Thanksgiving Dinner” “Research shows that house cats have personality characteristics most similar to lions and would eat their owner if they were able.” Hilarious. Has this guy ever lived with a cat? Is he indulging in L.S.D. or possible cat nip? Wow,...

Taking Stock

The Bipolar Stock Market  Stocks fluctuate in the short-term largely in response to psychological or emotional reactions to events affecting companies or the economy. Lately, nervous investors and traders have overdone this, driving the stock market into a bipolar disorder. This...