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Village Matters: Harvesting Common Purpose

It could seem puzzling that at the low price end of the culinary spectrum we can go to a buffet and have unlimited plates of whatever items we choose, but at the higher price point we may be served only a small exquisitely arranged exhibit of tiny bits. Is it a match between...

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Beyond the Threshold   If Cornell is any example, Ivy League graduations are impressive with pageantry.  But more than that, all this beauty, color and tradition is reinforcing the importance and significance of the threshold the degree candidates are crossing. One week my...

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Strapless in Laguna   Those nuns were determined to see to it that everyone was paired up for the prom.  I had waited most of junior year for Alfredo to ask me out and he had finally done it. He’d even asked me what color my dress was so he could get a matching corsage.  But...

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Weeding works wonders   There is a sloping area on the edge of the South Laguna Community Garden where a year ago we were pulling out castor bean plants, Bermuda grass, and the usual garden variety weeds. We had tiny native plant starts in small pots and garden volunteers...

Critic of Demolition Scolded

Editor, I think the article on Halliburton’s House (“Work Frozen on Halliburton’s House,” April 20 edition) was titled wrong. It should have been titled: City Council ignored city building department so Ann Christoph could have more time to fleece money from the homeowner.  ...

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Effecting Change   I had a mysterious call last week from someone who wanted to know what the chances are that change can happen at city hall. Not only did he want the answer to that question, but there was a condition in his question, “Can we make change happen without the...

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Heart and Soul Live On   The view outside our kitchen window on the farm where I grew up was of the rolling Wisconsin fields, farmhouses and barns, interspersed with patches of woods.  Most striking of all, on the horizon, was a stone country church with a tall steeple, an...

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It’s all connected   To reassure the reader who was concerned about the fate of the our late neighbor Paul Pflueger’s chickens mentioned in my last column, I am told they have been taken to their new home in Santa Barbara.  The coop has been dissembled.  Our neighborhood is...

Kudos to Christoph

Editor, I just had the chance to read Ann Christoph’s column for the Independent (“View from the Coop,” Village Matters, March 9. The sweet, flowing verse was like a wonderful warm blanket. Really, thank you so much for taking the time and effort to remember Paul and to express...

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The Rhythm of Change   When do they realize you’re not going away? That you’re going to nag and keep at it until things change? It’s hard to know because even when you win it’s so subtle usually no one notices.   Environmental activism is not like the Super Bowl. No...

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Loose in Laguna   The ocean view is not the only advantage of having an office in Laguna.  Our neighborhood of shops, offices and homes is a beehive of intrigue and melodrama.   I feel like I’m on stage, except I don’t know the lines or the plot.  I never know what or...

Tree Sniping

Editor,   I like the idea from Transition Laguna members about planting fruit trees (Letters, “A Fruit-Bearing Solution to Eucalyptus Problem,” Jan. 6).   I also suggest that the proceeds from all fundraising by Laguna Village and Ann Christoph be used to support local...

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A Shared History   Guard at a state prison, mechanic at a copper mine, child day-care provider. Kids working as security guards while attending school, grade-school janitor and Mexican restaurant waiter, someone who does something having to do with making technical...

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 Home is Here   When I climbed the steps to the Congregational Church on Thanksgiving day, I didn’t know what to expect.  In all the years I have lived in Laguna, I’ve never gone to the community potluck.  Hesitating at the upper landing while carefully balancing my recently...

Correction

Ganka Brown’s letter “Keeping Score,” in the Oct. 28 edition misquoted the end of Ann Christoph’s Village Matters column of Oct. 21.   Christoph signed off saying, “Love it. Live it. Be Laguna,” rather than Brown’s summation “Love it or leave it.”