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Spare Poem Speaks Volumes

Editor, Wowie zowie, what a masterful work! In 33 short lines (“It Rained,” Letters April 15 edition) she got to the essence of what’s really important in life. Others have spent a lifetime and volumes and never get close to what she did. Those few words are the best...

Eating Sustainably

Editor: With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day just around the corner, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations. A 2010 United Nation’s report charged animal agriculture...

The Kibitzer

No Pot Monopolies When I read the full ballot Initiative to overturn the city’s prohibition on medical marijuana dispensaries, sponsored by locals Corey Aufhammer and Elizabeth Toomey, all I could think of was, “what were they smoking?” Did they really believe that on the...
Posted On 21 Apr 2016

Guest column

Chop, Chop, Chop: Charoses Traditions   Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, mine was the only lunch bag that trailed matzo crumbs. On first coming to America we lived in a non-Jewish immigrant neighborhood so I had no friends with whom to compare seder rituals. Despite this,...

Taking Stock

Earnings Coming Through  The stock market seems to be accepting that spring is really here. Improving earnings reports are boosting the upbeat tempo. Last quarter, companies many squeezed out a small beat on earnings while missing on revenues. Accompanying comments used words...

Pet Peeves

Art Star Hack It was meant to be a joyous night for the Art Star Awards this past April 3. Unfortunately, residents held invitations from the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts. These invitations were voided when the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts changed the name to Laguna...

It Rained

  On Saturday our walk was cut short, not having believed the weather report. Sunday, bundled up in case the heavy blue violet clouds let go. The scent of pine offers memories of forests miles away, all from the uninvited pine that blocks our view. Walking the cliff path...

Tree Cutting Was Not an Emergency

Editor, The board of Village Laguna is stunned by the destruction to candidate heritage trees at the Lumberyard last week. These two monumental trees are the last remaining of the grove of blue gum eucalyptus planted in 1879 by homesteaders Henry and George Rogers and companion...

Be Careful What You Wish For

Editor: Re: Lowell Frazee’s letter about the parking restrictions on certain streets in North Laguna to facilitate street sweeping. I also feel that it’s a strange situation that one area of Laguna has these restrictions and the rest of town does not. As...

Poem

It Rained   On Saturday our walk was cut short, not having believed the weather report. Sunday, bundled up in case the heavy blue violet clouds let go. The scent of pine offers memories of forests miles away, all from the uninvited pine that blocks our view. Walking the...

Musings on the Coast

Who Keeps Defiling Sacred Ground? In 2011, Laguna Beach dedicated a 9/11 memorial designed by Laguna’s own Jorg Dubin. The location was near the American flag stand in Heisler Park and more than 2,000 people attended the dedication. Members of the New York City Fire Department...
Posted On 15 Apr 2016

Green Light

  Seasick: Corals, Kelp, and Critters This past Sunday’s New York Times published the article “Climate-Related Death of Coral Around World Alarms Scientists.” Laguna does not have coral reefs, so what does this have to do with our small city? Plenty. The climate-related...
Posted On 14 Apr 2016

Shore Scene

Catching Sight of Calico Bass Commercial fishing of calico bass (Paralabrax clathratus) in California has been banned since the 1950s because of overfishing after World War II. Since then, they have rebounded and although still recreationally fished within size limits, the...

Wisdom Workout

Moving Forward It is easy to be inspired by the beauty that surrounds us daily as residents of Laguna Beach. For many of us, living here is like inheriting a little slice of heaven. We choose this city above all others. Our environment brings us external gifts, but the personal...