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Pet Peeves

Spring is Here It’s that time of year again. The crocuses push their way up for the first sign of spring. The second sign, the deer eat them. “Honey, is spring here?” “Not yet. No crocuses. Just deer.” In Laguna, the first sign of spring is different. “Honey, is spring here...

Taking Stock

Don’t Short America After an improving but still bumpy run, stocks are pausing for a three-day weekend. They are nearing the end of a March quarter that began with a continuing dive before reversing and resuming its current uptrend. All this has left the Dow Jones Industrial...

The Kibitzer

Listen to Your Children Let’s talk about one of the most astounding political ascents in history, that old, white, Jewish New York socialist. Just one of those monikers could sink a lesser man. What Bernie Sanders has achieved in the twilight of his long and distinguished career...
Posted On 17 Mar 2016

Guest column

Loophole Undermines City’s View Rules My name is Joseph Risi and I am the owner of 1283 Skyline. A very unfortunate incident has occurred which shines a light on the disparity that exists with the city ordinances regarding view protection. The DRB is involved, as well as...

Musing on the Coast

Biscuit Bomber Bob Mosier I am a regular at a small local cove in north Laguna. At its center is an old house that terraces up the hill where Bob Mosier lives. He is in his 90s now and although he is a widower (married 67 years) and his balance ain’t what it used to be, he is...
Posted On 17 Mar 2016

Wisdom Workout

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling   By this time, all the green beer in town has turned back to its normal color. I grew up in New York where St Patrick’s Day was always a grand celebration. They say that you can take the girl out of New York, but you can’t take the New York out...

Pet Peeves

Laguna Checkout There was a knock on the door. “Candy-gram.” No response from inside. Then another knock followed by a second “Candy-gram” greeting. The hotel guest wasn’t buying it. “Go away,” the guest yelled. It was a standoff. Hours passed by. Noon checkout came and went and...

Taking Stock

March Came In Like A Bull March came in like a lion or, more accurately, like a bull. After a discouraging start to the year, stocks are behaving as if “seldom is heard a discouraging word.” Last week, the European Central Bank announced an interest rate cut and other aggressive...

Village Matters

  Sixth Sense The phrase, “I see retired people,” seems to be on the minds of writers wanting to blame someone or some group for stopping what they consider to be progress. Maybe the description “old timers” or “older generation” or “seniors” are substituted for “retired,”...

Shore Scene

Wandering Whimbrel Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) are still being spotted in several coves in Laguna Beach and this may be your last chance to observe them before they leave for their summer breeding grounds. A distinctive bird, the whimbrel is a large shorebird that can reach 19...

Guest Column

  St Patrick’s Day     A leprechaun always visited our house on St. Patrick’s Day. This holiday is celebrated by the Irish, honoring Saint Patrick for running all the snakes out of Ireland, an island that had no snakes to begin with. One might say the Irish may...

Pet Peeves

Up in Smoke I write silly. I’d rather write serious. After seeing “Spotlight” take the Oscar as best picture, I’ve decided to try investigative reporting. I started in earnest right after the Governors Ball party. I awoke Tuesday morning draped in the same slinky red neckline...

Taking Stock

The Seven-Year Itch Seven years ago on March 6, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a low of 6,443. Three weeks later, it was up 1,500 points. The bull market continued, clearing 18,000 in 2015, before sagging as it stumbled into 2016, closing at 15,660 on February 11. A...

Pet Peeves

TOW Heads I told my wife the other day that we’re not sending our child to Top of The World Elementary. She said, “I hope not. You’re 63 years old. It would be an embarrassment to go with you to teacher/parent conferences.” I gave her my best “you hurt my feelings” look. I lashed...

Heart Talk

If You Can Keep Your Head My friend recently said, “Jim, come on, your columns are too serious, dealing with personal loss and societal problems. You need to lighten up.” A tennis partner added, “You make snide comments about Newport Beach so often they just might take it too...