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Taking Stock

Floodtide Finally, the stock market showed some sustained momentum for the first time this year. “The winter of our discontent” is over; whether the newly reestablished uptrend will lead to the “glorious summer” foretold in those opening lines from Richard III is uncertain. The...

Village Matters

Full up “Oh, to be a newlywed with an empty apartment!” I found myself saying as my niece told me about her upcoming wedding. I am happy for her in more ways than one. Not only is she embarking on a lifetime journey with the love of her life, but she and her future husband get to...

Musings on the Coast

The Future Is Now It is 1994. California Republican Gov. Pete Wilson is running for re-election. He is losing. His challenger is Democratic state Treasurer Kathleen Brown. Kathleen is scary smart, beautiful, articulate and more: she is part of the illustrious Brown family...
Posted On 26 Feb 2016

Pet Peeves

Laguna Medley I read the Indy cover to cover. I think I’m a better person for it. My wife agrees. She says the Indy gives her a break from me. She needs her alone time. So, let’s be real quiet while my wife re-finds her center. In the meantime, allow me to regale readers with...

Taking Stock

A Turning Of The Tide Recent stock market action is raising hopes that the severe stock correction this year may be coming to an end. It takes time to rebuild a base for a renewed uptrend but I am reminded of Mr. Churchill saying after the battle of El Alamein. “Now this is not...

Taking Stock

Flying Around Clouds The overcast is lifting over the markets. It’s hardly ceiling and visibility unlimited but stocks are beginning to shed their negative bias toward news of earnings reports and other developments. Investors still need patience, bearing in mind the advice of...

Guest Column

Why We Need Coyotes in Our Wildlands   They are known to biologists as keystone species– an animal that keeps the ecosystem intact by what it eats and what it doesn’t eat. The name comes from the top piece in a Roman arch, a wedge that is the last stone hammered into place....

The Kibitzer

  Is Cuba the next Costa Rica? I have seen the future of Cuba, and it’s Costa Rica. At least if America has anything to do with it. I started my extraordinary winter sabbatical in Cuba and ended in Costa Rica. I might as well have started in Venus and ended in Mars. The only...
Posted On 18 Feb 2016

Green Light

The Day Grandmother Ocean Cried “Grandmother Ocean and this coast” have been sacred and life-giving to my people for thousands of years, declared Fred Collins, administrator for the Northern Chumash Council, who went on to praise Dr. Charles Lester, executive director of the...
Posted On 18 Feb 2016

Heart Talk

Read Widely, Buy Locally I have done it. Most likely you have, too. It is so easy. Maybe you’ve heard about a book that sounds interesting and you find it on Amazon, read some reviews by people who are often paid to give their opinions, and with one click you have bought...

Guest column

A Treat for Your Heart February is heart health awareness month and heart disease remains the top killer of men and women in this country. I’m a local physician and a member of our beloved community and I want to help you reduce your risk of dying from this disease. Heart disease...

Pet Peeves

Sunbathers Cooked Who could forget the Coppertone ad with the child’s dog pulling on her bathing suit? So far, two people have told me they have no recollection of such an advertisement. Two others say they have thought of nothing else since and would scold the dog, give the...

Village Matters

Got trees? When I was considering buying the house we now live in on Wildwood Road, I mentioned the address to Fred Lang, my boss at the time. Fred, of course, had to immediately know all about it and dashed over to take a look. It wasn’t 20 minutes before he telephoned. “I think...

Guest Column

The Real Deal on Valentine’s Day By Don Ingwerson Valentine’s Day comes and goes with a flurry of cards, flowers, chocolates, and jewelry. But is that all there is to love? Of course not! Sure, these all are all sweet symbols designed to express our love. But our hearts...

Guest column

Remembering Dick Jahraus, Fanny Lum   On a misty drizzly Sunday last week we said goodbye to two very different people, remembered and honored by a lot of the same people. Fanny Lum worked in the front office at Laguna Beach High School. Her daughter Lorna was my classmate...