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Realtors Step Up for Animals

Editor, During this season of gratitude, we want to thank the Laguna Beach Board of Realtors Charitable Fund for their very generous efforts to support the animal charities of Laguna Beach via their annual Chili Cook Off and Pet Parade held each September. The Blue Bell...

Cameras Don’t Catch Everything

Editor, “For at least 15 years, Laguna’s 10 patrol vehicles and two motorcycles have also been equipped with video systems. The windshield-mounted video camera is activated when an officer turns on the overhead lights or manually turns the camera on,” Workman said. (“Police...

Ms. Holly Jolly

  “Well hello there. Allow me to introduce myself! I’m Ms. Holly Jolly, the most jolly of all Laguna-nites,” she said as she glided into the room, hand out-stretched, fully expecting me to take it and gently press my lips upon her fingers, like a knight would with a fair...

Wish Upon a Star

All I want for Christmas is . . . ? Since I still have my two front teeth, all I want is for three wishes to come true. My first wish is to open up an art gallery in Laguna Beach, a gallery devoted to children’s art, family art projects, and special exhibitions for emerging...

Christmas Past

  My sister, Kathy, went to Laguna Beach High School. Once in a while she would skip school in the afternoon, grab a taco, and sun bathe on Main Beach. On one of those days she met a gorgeous man named Poe. Poe was a vacationing model from New York City. His picture was...

Anticipating Calamity for Christmas

  By Alice C. Meek “I’m picking up dad at noon today. We’ll drive into Laguna immediately, if I can talk him out of stopping for paint at the Crown. He is determined to have a project.” “You are saying that after all the preparation for this...

Pet Peeves

Guardian Angels I was fascinated reading the Indy article, “Devout Artist Focuses Her Lens on Heaven.”   Kerry Swank is a gifted photographer who did photographic portraits of members of California’s upper echelons. I was never photographed. A deeply religious person, Swank heard...

Alone, But Warmed by His Adopted Hometown

Editor’s Note: New submissions from Christine Fugate’s writing class. In 2001, our children out of high school, my wife convinced me we should move to Laguna Beach, the city where she had grown up. Reluctant at first to leave Irvine, our home of 20 years, I was soon seduced by...

Editor’s Note

Due to the upcoming midweek holidays, the deadline to submit letters to the editor will shift to Mondays, Dec. 22 and 29, at 5 p.m. for the subsequent two editions. The regular schedule resumes for the Jan. 9 edition.
Posted On 19 Dec 2014

Village Matters

Don’t Let the Lights Go Out No holiday lights, no candles in the windows. The step-houses—the second homes– are empty for the holidays. And most of the year. Laguna’s population has been steadily growing from just over 5,000 in the 1950s to 23,727 in 2000, until the 2010...

Everyone Benefits From a Gift to the Hospital

Editor, I’m not normally good about writing thank you notes, but I feel compelled to thank Sue and Bill Gross and the Gross Family Foundation for their very generous and important donation of $10 million to the Mission Hospital Laguna Beach emergency room. While this is nominally...

Twilight and the Gods: A Solstice Tale

Freya bit into her pastry. “Odin, honey, can you grab me some napkins? This lingonberry tart is just oozing all over the place,” she said, loudly enough so everyone in Scandia Bakery could hear her. Odin, on his way back from the men’s room, picked up several...

The Sea Tree

  I knew where I went wrong after it was all over. That night, my husband lay drenched in sweat, swearing as he struggled to construct the dismembered artificial tree. Our dog licked my husband’s sweat and is sworn at for her trouble, so she slinks off to our closet to eat a...

Taking Stock

From Trick Or Treat To Naughty Or Nice Only a few weeks ago, kids were in Halloween costumes and the Dow Jones Industrials Average was nearing 17,500. Stock averages then began to reach all-time highs just before oil prices plunged and stocks joined the slide. Oil prices are now...

A Good Weekend

By Stian Morck The weekend started early.  John Bodrero, Julius Morck, my boys Alex and Gus Morck and yours truly enjoyed a Saturday round of golf at Ben Brown’s Golf Course at the Ranch in Laguna. The ground was soaked from the good rains and it was quiet. And as the light...