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Wisdom Workout

The Love Connection   Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year so the excuse that your business schedule is grueling isn’t going to fly. Let’s do a quick exploration of your current thoughts and feelings regarding this subjective holiday that will require an...

Village Matters

Ask not… President Kennedy’s famous inspirational message applies at a small scale here in Laguna too. How could we be more blessed? A lovely historic village by the sea. Twenty three thousand of us have the privilege of living here out of all of the people in the whole world!...

Taking Stock

The Bumpy Road to Investment Returns Stocks are taking the bumpy road to investment progress. Their price volatility softened during the last half of 2014 but returned in February to a familiar zigzag pattern. The S&P 500 was up 11% for 2014 so these ups and downs need not...

Lack of Vaccinations Raises Risks for the Vulnerable

I am a MemorialCare Medical Group pediatrician, an advocate for children, and a working parent, and like many of you, concerned about the recent outbreak of measles, which appears to have little end in sight. This outbreak which threatens the lives of my children and your...

Shore Scene

Tide Pools Bloom With Sea Flowers Peering into Laguna tidepools, one often comes across what resembles a large, green, petaled flower. In fact, the Starburst sea anemone (Anthopleura sola) is not a flower nor even a plant, but actually a predatory marine animal that is related to...

Pet Peeves

Montage Checkout I was a witness. I was standing in line to check out at the Montage. The guy in back of me settled his hotel bill and bought the place for $360 million. Everyone behind him got free stays. Unfortunately, I was before him and had to pay for my room, plus an extra...

The Slant

Where the sidewalk ends. Laguna Beach is one of the greatest places on earth to live as long as you don’t walk or ride a bike. Laguna Beach is one of the only local coastal cities that put pedestrians and bicyclists so egregiously in danger. Our streets are set up for cars and...

Wisdom Workout

My Global Girls  The International Terminal at LAX was crowded with those of us waiting for the next wave of arriving passengers. I kept my eyes glued on the sloping walkway as the top-heavy carts of passengers, freed from customs, made their way up the ramp. My youngest...

Pet Peeves

Banana Peel I’ve been fascinated by Indy readers reaction to the web-published guest column, “Ban the Bananas.” The author, Mindaugas Gedaudas, claims that radiation from spent fuel rods is no more lethal than if you stuck 50-80 million bananas in your ear. So far, I’m up to 125...

Taking Stock

Plus Ça Change “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” A French novelist originated this proverb (Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.) later adopted by George Bernard Shaw and Bon Jovi. Stock market moods and moves continually echo its wisdom. A few months...

Musings on the Coast

An Act of Resistance Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by a James Earl Ray. My father’s name was James David Ray. The last name is common. There are a lot of Rays running around out there. About a week after MLK’s assassination, I visited my...

Pet Peeves

Lights, Camera, Action Attention Laguna Beach residents. This is your casting call for video fame. Your 15 minutes of stardom has arrived. The police department is testing staff mounted cameras. I’m excited. I’ve begun casing different places to secure my infamy. James Dean said...

Taking Stock

Dividends Beat Bonds Many factors influence the prices of stocks, yet from today’s financial news, one could conclude that they are dominated by the price of oil. Oil prices influence all of us and it makes for more dramatic headlines than announcing that yields declined [again]...

Galleries Keep Art Walk Alive

Editor, As we begin this year, the First Thursdays Art Walk board would like to remind the community of its free monthly First Thursdays Art Walk events and all the opportunities to see a wide range of art work, meet artists and those involved in the arts locally, while...

Village Matters

Life is… “Life is just a series of problems that you overcome one by one, and then you die,” says Maggie Smith’s character, Violet Crawley, dowager countess of Grantham in the popular PBS program, “Downton Abbey.” Somehow we can see that it’s so much more, especially as we think...