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Eyes are on Zur Schmiede

Editor, Congratulations to Rob Zur Schmeide on your election win. You ran a very well organized, well-funded and effective campaign. You got Village Laguna’s endorsement and funding while saying you were not aligned with this liberal organization thereby positioning yourself in...

How a Dog Trainer Trained Me

Editor, He looks like a cross between Bob Marley and Jesus Christ, this sort of “dog whisperer” of San Juan Capistrano that my neighbor had been raving about, complete with dreadlocks and this total kumbaya mellow vibe. “You gotta check out this dog...

The Slant

In Need of a Silent Night I make the same mistake every year, shopping for Christmas at the mall or almost anywhere for that matter. Your senses get full. Crying children, the shopping, the buying, the standing in line. People pushing, others shoving, the traffic. We endure an...

Corrections:

An Indy Facebook post of Monday, Dec. 8, imprecisely described Tina Haines role with the Susi Q. She is president of Laguna Beach Seniors, which governs the organization while Nadia Babiya manages the center. The center’s 2015 budget is $521,000.     In the articl...
Posted On 11 Dec 2014

San Onofre: The Risk of Denial

  Every time we make a decision, we consciously or unconsciously weigh the risks against the rewards. When the reward is particularly enticing, we tend to use the defense mechanism of denial to skew the decision in favor of the reward. For example, most of us in Laguna Beach...

Taking Stock

Low Pump Prices Pump Up Shoppers Sliding oil prices greased the skids for the largest stock market decline in two months. Media commentators sounded their usual tocsins of doom, continuing their practices of attracting followers through useless and inaccurate predictions. The...

Pet Peeves

Monkey in the Middle I’ve been taking the new digital Indy out for a test drive. I like it very much. It is user-friendly and the layout is more attractive. What I didn’t expect was to learn how inane my writing is. Let me share this discovery with you. First, readers must...

The Spirit of Christmas

Lucy’s mother quickly closed the windows in the kitchen. She was concerned that every living being on their sleepy South Laguna cul-de-sac could hear her daughter’s greedy wails. “Mom, I want my Barbie life in the dream house amaze chase glam camper now.” “Lucy, we’ve talked...

Playing Laguna

  By Alexandra Bank McMahon My earliest memory of Laguna Beach is of my mother driving me to Forest Avenue on a Saturday afternoon to audition for a Christmas play, staged by the Laguna Children’s Playhouse. The year was 1963 and I was in the fourth grade at Concordia...

For the Love of Art

  I was summoned out of the lower garden of Anneliese’s preschool because I had a phone call from my dad. I was 5 at the time, and though I immediately puffed with self-importance at receiving my very own telephone call, my imagination couldn’t help but kick into overdrive...

Curious Case of Missing Papers

Editor: There is a mysterious campaign going on against our local newspapers. They keep disappearing! We were surprised and disappointed to see that local newspapers are no longer available in the space between Anastasia and the Flea Market on Ocean Avenue.  A few years ago local...

Hospitality Night Hero

Though it was never really cold in Laguna, the hat and scarf always felt just right for Hospitality Night and the little girl enjoyed the tradition of bundling up for this event each year. After a quick cheesy snack, she pulled on her Uggs and began herding her mother towards the...

Let It Snow

Editor’s Note: Here’s another tale from film maker Christine Fugate’s writing group.   Way up in the higher reaches of Earth known as the North Pole, Santa Claus was busy in his workshop. It was the beginning of December and everyone was working long hours. Two years prior,...

AIDS Becomes a Church Mission

Editor, This week the Saddleback “mega” church and its famous Pastor Rick Warren adopted a major program to combat AIDS. My correspondence is a note of sincere gratitude and appreciation to Pastor Warren and his congregants. Your remembrance of the thousands who have passed in...

Cut Off Nears for Comments on Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage

Editor, Laguna Beach is located within the 20-square-mile area subject to permanent relocation in the event of a radiation accident at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which has been closed because of safety concerns. The plant is situated in a recognized tsunami,...