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Running to Art Walk

Running to Art Walk

I’m not an artist. I’m not a buyer. My wife is both. Wait, that’s not entirely accurate. The fly in the pigment is that I’m secretly buying my wife’s art to keep her spirits up when they aren’t lifted high enough from the turpentine and linseed oil she uses for cleaning her brushes. Lately, she’s […]

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Hiking Badlands for Good Health

Hiking Badlands for Good Health

  For those of us who like hiking, south Laguna offers a labyrinth of scruffy, scenic trails.  Thanks to the County of Orange, the South Laguna Civic Association (full disclosure: I’m a board member), and other environmentally minded groups and citizens, public access to these paths was and remains secured.  Of late, I’ve come to […]

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Kids’ Art

Kids’ Art

I’m worried. The Laguna Museum is hosting art classes for kids.  This undertaking could be an undertaking. “Dear Lord, please welcome this unsuspecting and trusting museum into your heavenly embrace and forgive those young artists who didn’t know the combustible property of paint and cleaners. Amen.” Kids are cute and that trait makes them dangerous. […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Watching for Market Indicators One “indicator” of future stock market performance is the “Super Bowl Indicator.” A New York Times sportswriter created this “indicator” in 1978. It holds that an up market lies ahead for 2014 if the NFC team wins the Super Bowl. There is no correlation between football and the stock market so […]

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Art Studios Are Scarier Than Fires and Floods?

Art Studios Are Scarier Than Fires and Floods?

  The title quote is in reference to a comment by an ill-informed neighbor trying to stir up negative controversy surrounding a proposed artist work-live complex in Laguna Canyon. I am writing to dispel the fear-inciting rhetoric that a few of the neighbors have about this project and myself. First of all, I am not […]

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Coming Uncorked

Coming Uncorked

Change is the trend these days. Fashion changes regularly as manufactures strive to bring something new to shelves each season. In my line of work as an interior designer I am presented with a color forecast regularly. These are the colors expected to be trending. Even politicians often run on a platform of “change.” Some […]

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Giving Voice to Loss

Giving Voice to Loss

Loss has been on the front-burner bombarding many of my clients lately. These losses include not only relationship endings and departures of loved ones but also losses of romantic dreams, impossible expectations, illusions of safety and the loss of a younger self that thought it would always be invulnerable and immortal. Some of the words […]

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You Can’t Go Home Again

You Can’t Go Home Again

Old-timers, as I suppose I can now consider myself, like to grouse about how wonderful Laguna used to be and how much it has changed.  In the spirit of Thomas Wolfe’s novel, “You Can Never Go Home Again,” it’s interesting to note how the passage of time has both held character and altered it forever. […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

After The Streak Ends Stocks stumbled into the New Year, caught their breath and moved back up with the S&P 500 inching above its previous closing high set on December 31. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is still 150 points below it record close at yearend but current momentum should bring it also into the […]

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Shaping a Greener, More Pedestrian-Friendly Town

Shaping a Greener, More Pedestrian-Friendly Town

  Greek philosopher Plato said of his Athens community: “This city is what it is because our citizens are what they are.”  If true, what does that say about us as Lagunans and the community we all cherish? Laguna Beach is a community inhabited by incredible people. Our citizens are among the leaders and the […]

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Economic Upturn

Economic Upturn

  Dateline Laguna Beach: On Monday, Jan. 13, as the South Laguna Civic Association board went over the agenda of proposed nearby projects, President Bill Rihn announced, “The 2008 great recession is officially over!”  The Obama administration will be notified immediately. Economic indicators have been erected in our neighborhood in the form of two by […]

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Gooseneck Barnacle

Gooseneck Barnacle

For the past two months, we started to experience daytime negative tides, a seasonal phenomenon where the tide becomes low enough to allow tidepool visitors to see organisms that are normally covered in water or inaccessible due to strong wave action.  One of these creatures is the gooseneck barnacle (Mitella polymerus), a crustacean found living […]

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Rain On My Parade

Rain On My Parade

It was reported that Wayne Baglin has been selected citizen of the year and will lead the Patriots Day Parade this coming March.  “It was a close race,” leaked a confidential informant (CI). “It was hard to hear everything over the hum of the electrical box, but there were three contenders, counting one contender who […]

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Minding Our Business

Minding Our Business

Crafting a Culture Leanne Cairnes manufactures eco-friendly handbags as a cottage business, Belyn Designs. She works closely with fabric designers to evoke natural settings like tree branches and flowers, and last season scored a holiday order with retailer Anthropologie online. Cairnes sews more than textiles. She stitches together creative entrepreneurs through a new venture called […]

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Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire

I’m very excited to go see the “Ring of Fire” at the Laguna Playhouse.  But a word to the wise, do not scream “fire” in the theater no matter how excited you become over the Johnny Cash song.  If the lyrics and beat overwhelm you, then yell “recall,” like Cash should have done several years […]