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Rewriting Life Stories

Rewriting Life Stories

You might say Lagunan Kaira Rouda has spent a lifetime reinventing lives – her own as well as others. She moved around during childhood, from the mid-west to points south and west, and she has shifted jobs several times, although not careers. From journalist to copywriter to marketing strategist, entrepreneur and business writer to novelist, […]

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Slow Down For 'Yo Nana

Slow Down For ‘Yo Nana

Don’t run as fast as you; don’t forget I was young too. It may seem a little bold, like I’m trying to scold. Next time you feel like running me ova’ Remember, I could be some kid’s Lagu-nana!   Natalie D. Forbes, Laguna Beach

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Beyond Expectations

Beyond Expectations

  Most people bring a casserole or a salad to a potluck, but Loraine Hollingsworth of Laguna Canyon brought cactus pads (nopales) and a ukulele. There were two large tough prickly pear cactus pads, and several new thin tender ones. The large tough ones were for planting at the South Laguna Community Garden Park so […]

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Connection Erases Fears of the Homeless

Connection Erases Fears of the Homeless

By Karen K. Redding It’s that time of year again when I begin to say “good bye” to the MSW interns whom I have supervised over the past academic year at Friendship Shelter. It’s both remarkable and by now almost predictable that what began for students’ as massive feelings of fright and discomfort in working […]

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Mothering, A Never Ending Story

Mothering, A Never Ending Story

I am a daughter. I am a mother. I am a grandmother. Soon I will be a great-grandmother. My four daughters are currently immersed in the swirl of active child raising. I, on the other hand, now have a walk-on part instead of a lead role on the motherhood stage. My mother lived until she […]

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Portraits From Laguna’s Street People

Portraits From Laguna’s Street People

  Early Memories of the Homeless in Laguna I remember as a kid driving back home to Laguna after a day at the Fun Zone up in Newport.  After dark we rode the auto ferry to Balboa Island, crossed the old bridge into Corona del Mar and headed south on PCH. Looking out the window […]

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When I was a kid things were different. I wore knickers. Today, kids wear low riders that begin where my knickers left off. I’ve kept the knickers in hopes that the style will come back. I have to be patient because clothing trends are fickle. A couple of years ago, I tried pushing the knickers […]

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Budget Stretch

Budget Stretch

The school’s retirement funds are broke again. Sounds like a broken record. Oops, let me update that. Sounds like a broken MP-3 player. Oops, oops. Sounds like a broken IPod. Whew, I dated myself there. And my wife, who knows me, wishes I dated myself again. It seems schools are always broke. I want to […]

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Laguna, the Sea and Earth Day

Laguna, the Sea and Earth Day

  Earth Day is an international celebration begun in 1970 and championed by former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. It grew out of the environmental movement of the 1960s and was given impetus by the Santa Barbara oil blowout in 1969. Ever since that headline-making catastrophe, coastal Californians have paid close attention to offshore drilling and […]

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The New Face of Homelessness

The New Face of Homelessness

By OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Orange County, meet the new face of homelessness: a single mother in her 20s with two young children. Of the estimated 12,700 homeless Orange County residents – an alarming number by itself – nearly half are young mothers struggling to care for very young children. Over the last several years, […]

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Round ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out, or Bring Them In?

Round ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out, or Bring Them In?

By Michele McCormick Fear was palpable; the room charged on April 22, in Laguna’s City Council chambers. Following Friendship Shelter Director Dawn Price’s presentation on permanent supportive housing for the homeless, a line of residents formed to express genuine concern as well as support. Some did not want this project in their backyard — the […]

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Who's the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

When I was a teenager, one of my first boyfriends used to say, “Who’s the boss?” whenever I voiced a different opinion than he did. My older brother would say, “You’ve always been a woman’s libber!” in response to any disagreement with him. When I held an executive position in a fast-moving company that required […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Sell In May Or Wish You’d Stayed? Wall Street has many sayings that remain popular since they promise success without thinking. Typically, they also encourage generating commissions by prompting buying or selling stock as in “Sell in May and go away.” There are some historical data showing stronger performance in the six-month periods beginning in […]

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The Show Goes On

The Show Goes On

Sam Goldstein might relax and enjoy the rewards of a long productive career. However, if you know him, you won’t be surprised to learn he has embarked on yet another venture, one that brackets his early days as a musician and award-winning television producer, before he meandered into property investment. You may know Goldstein as […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Great Speculations Quarterly earnings season often brings surprises, some disappointing and others quite rewarding. Apple (AAPL-$569), my largest position, delighted its fans with a 7% profit increase together with increases in its dividend and stock buyback program and a seven to one stock split. With the largest market cap of all, it attracts much attention […]