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Make Your Rooms Bloom Why do we like to look into the homes of others? There is a simple voyeuristic pleasure, of course. Other times we just like to be nosy. Millions of people read magazines like Architectural Digest and watch TV shows such as “MTV Cribs” that keep us and our...

Disregard by Cyclists Stokes Animosity

Editor, Notice the number of mountain bikers that missed or disregarded the “no bikes beyond this point” sign (attached), up on the Carolyn Wood Knoll (also an esteemed member of TOWNA). Social media has dramatically increased the number of bikers using the trails,...

Perhaps a Ghostly Intervention is Necessary

Editor, We are reasonable people. How ironic it is that Mark Fudge, the man who bought Richard Halliburton’s 1930’s reinforced concrete modern house high on a 400-foot hill in South Laguna, is so-unreasonable. The so-called hotel rooms at The Ranch, formerly known as...

Vote Reflects Lowered Expectations for Math

Editor, The Laguna Beach USD Board of Education approved the math pathways after a long meeting of public comment by parents ending in a 4-1 vote. The decision gives students from most other Orange County districts an advantage when applying for colleges and universities. Those...

Historic Homes Give Laguna Character

Editor, The leaders of Laguna Beach saw the tsunami of big money coming toward Laguna.  To protect some small part of our heritage they put in place a list of properties worth saving. Laguna needs a strong heritage committee, otherwise Laguna would lose its charm. Yes, fix them...

Diet Advice for Spring

Editor: I do look forward to spring weather, green grass, and flowers in bloom. The advent of spring is also a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf on our dietary habits. In fact, hundreds of communities welcome spring on March 20 with an observance of the Great American...

Pet Peeves

Wedding Bells Thank goodness I wasn’t invited. I read in the Indy that the first couple married in a civil ceremony by Laguna Beach’s city clerk was on February 19. I had nothing to wear for such a momentous occasion. I’m down to broken flip-flops and ratty board shorts that are...

Beware: Super Lice Are Coming

If you are like me and have a child in the Laguna Beach Unified School District, this past week you received another all too familiar notice that read, “Recently we identified a few cases of head lice at your child’s grade level. Follow exact steps on box of lice shampoo…”...

Taking Stock

Round And Round It Goes Round and round it goes, and where it stops the Chairwoman knows. Wall Street is intensely waiting for the next Federal Reserve move as if watching for white smoke at a papal conclave signaling the election of a new Pope. Interest rate levels bear...

Pet Peeves

Parade Rest I attended the 48th and 49th Patriots Day Parade. I grabbed a good spot across from Fire House Engine Number One right after the 47th Patriots Parade. For two years now, I sat curbside and reserved my place for last weekend’s parade festivities. I’m semi retired and...

Parade Honoree Appreciates Organizers’ Hard Work

Editor, I would like to express my appreciation for the glorious and meaningful Patriots Day Parade on Saturday. It was a time of great rejoicing for me as artist of the year and there’s no place that can match the glory of a parade in Laguna Beach! The weather behaved,...

Laguna Creek Sustains a Connection to Nature

Editor, As a kid growing up in Chicago the only nearby waterway was the infamous Chicago River, a dirty, polluted river that despite sometimes flowing with raw sewage still supported fish, turtles and other wildlife. At about 10 years of age I discovered an unspoiled creek in...

Geometry Serves as a Technology Stepping Stone

Editor, Even though my sons were never educated in the Laguna Beach school district, as a scientist I do want to raise my voice in protest to the elimination of essential mathematical content in the proposed new L.B. school curricula. Instruction in geometry is much more than a...

Story Captures Artist’s Spirit

Editor, That was really a great article about Carla (“Artist Finds Satisfaction in a Surprising Medium,” March 6 edition. You put it together so well and brought her spirit to life.  I was just very touched when I read it by both your ability to write it and about Carla’s...

Support for Same-Sex Nuptials Reflect Town History

Editor, Reflecting our history of being an open society, our new mayor Bob Whalen and city council did the right thing when they joined a U.S. Supreme Court brief supporting the right of same sex couples to marry. Internationally listed L.G.B.T friendly West Street beach always...