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Taking Stock

Shopping For Blue Chips Halfway through the fourth quarter and investors nervously anticipate both the Federal Reserve meeting in mid-December and the critical retail shopping season. Stock prices are reacting selectively to company news rather than as sectors. Macy’s (M-$40),...

Pet Peeves-Dog Days

My dog was relieved to read “Laguna Hits Water Conservation Targets.” Scratch that. The dog was happy when I read the article to him. Since June, I’ve been drinking out of the toilet and the dog hasn’t been happy. The dog retaliated by drinking my beer. Now it’s war. My wife...

Guest Column

Take Action During Medicare Enrollment Period Earlier this year, Medicare celebrated its 50th anniversary. For half a century, older Americans and other beneficiaries have set out each fall to choose their Medicare coverage for the year ahead. Nearly 451,000 people here in the...

Village Matters

Painful Cost of Rising Home Prices Our neighbor had a garage sale for the second weekend in a row. After 10 years in the small board and batten cottage, she has to move. Her rent was just increased to $2,800. There are many ways we hear the pulse of the community. Garage sales...

Green Light

  Transpacific Drought and Plastics  When I pick up trash at our local Table Rock Beach, most of what I gather consists of plastics: empty single-use water bottles, snack packaging, and some bags. Since we live along a fairly developed side of the world’s largest ocean, I have...
Posted On 05 Nov 2015

Pet Peeves

The Tell All I was fascinated reading Laguna Beach Magazine’s article, “Capturing the Canyon.” For those of you who liked it as much as me, you’re going to flip out over the additional story nuggets I dug up about what truly happened when two artists captured and preserv...

The Kibitzer

Gluten Freed  I’m in Italy this week, in search of gluten. I want gluten, extra gluten, with some truffles on top please. Good heavens what has created the furor over this poor little protein and binding agent of wheat, rye, and barley? It’s been cultivated for over 12,000 years,...
Posted On 29 Oct 2015

Musings on the Coast

Sid’s Paradise I met Sid at my local cove late the other afternoon. It was hot, humid and windy. My intention was to kayak if the wind died sufficiently, or if not, hang out. None of the regulars were there and the beach was almost deserted. At the cove’s small apex were two...
Posted On 29 Oct 2015

Pet Peeves

  Waiting for GoDOT   I read the Indy story, “Riders Overwhelm South-Route Trolley,” as I waited for a south route trolley at the corner of Diamond and Coast Highway. Also, I finished all the Indy stories in the Oct. 23 edition plus the book “Moby Dick.” I’m savi...

Shore Scene

Succulent Spiny Specimen In several places except for Laguna Beach, the California Spiny Lobster (Panuliris interruptus) season has opened. Located along the Pacific Coast from San Luis Obispo to Baja California, California Spiny Lobsters are the only lobster found in California....

Taking Stock

It is a Happy Halloween! Stocks are greeting Halloween with a strong October, up around 5% since the end of August. Other than companies dependent on oil and gas prices and some exporters whose sales are pressured by the strong dollar, most stocks are showing increasing strength....

Canyon Signal Confuses Drivers

Editor, In response to Joanna Felder’s “Bad News/Good News” letter of last week about the pedestrian traffic signal at LCAD, I could not agree more. The general driving public does not understand the clear meaning of flashing yellow, red, and flashing red. Flashing yellow...

Village Matters

Not enough to do? “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” Can anyone in Laguna say that? I never make the society pages in Riviera or Laguna magazine, resplendent in my shimmering gown. But even my less-than-star-studded life seems to be packed with one event after another. Sometimes...

Guest Column

Breast Cancer Affects Us, Laguna Beach! By Dr. Tracy Darling I’m sickened at how many wonderful people I’ve met who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, some of them quite young. I’m taking this opportunity to step up and shed some light on this devastating disease and what we...

Guest Column

A Fight Well Fought, A Wife Remembered By James Utt The Edison Company had a scheduled power outage that was running hours past the time they said it would be over. My wife Kathy and I sat talking by candlelight, sipping wine and nearly running out of things to say. Finally the...