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Long Distance Runner Takes A Leap of Faith

Long Distance Runner Takes A Leap of Faith

Donna Furey| LB Indy South county resident, Dennis Yang, 39, will be out of the blocks on August 25 starting his Great Reading Run 2014. He intends to run a carefully planned 11,000 course around the perimeter of the country through 35 states, beginning and ending in Santa Monica. The 18-month trip will follow a […]

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Collection Reveals the Secrets of College App Essays

Collection Reveals the Secrets of College App Essays

Nothing can sap summer fun better than a looming deadline to write a college application essay. This is the time of year rising high school seniors should be getting a jump on these dreaded personal essays, but most prefer to do just about anything else. “I don’t blame them,” said Janine Robinson, a longtime Laguna […]

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Public Invited to Village Entrance Discussion

Public Invited to Village Entrance Discussion

Laguna Beach will hold a community workshop to discuss the village entrance project on Wednesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. City staff will present an overview of the updated project concept; seek public feedback on specific elements and features, such as the historic sewer digester, carports and […]

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The Thing About Twitter

The Thing About Twitter

I found a writers’ community at Twitter. Writers of all types. Editors. Publishers. Book reviewers. E-zines. Lit-zines. Indy book promoters. Strangers all, until the first reply, the retweet, the favorite. Suddenly, friendly acquaintances. Bonded by mutual interest. What I like best about a Twitter feed is the focus. We tweet about reading and writing. We […]

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Local Author Spins the Color Wheel

Local Author Spins the Color Wheel

Local author and Laguna Beach Independent columnist Randy Kraft will read from and sign copies of her new book, “Colors of the Wheel,” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. Kraft also writes a book blog for OCinSite.com and her short play was staged last year at […]

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To Tree or Not to Tree

To Tree or Not to Tree

  We just moved into a smaller home and I can’t figure out where to put the Christmas tree.  I asked my husband, Gary, what he thought about one spot in the living room and he nixed it. “It would block traffic,” he said. “We’d knock it over every time we walked into the room.  […]

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Speaker's Corner: The Doctor is In

Speaker’s Corner: The Doctor is In

People tell me things.  Perfect strangers unburden themselves to me, and nowhere is this more evident than when I’m sitting my photographer husband, Gary’s, Festival of Arts booth.  In my tall chair I’m like Lucy in her psychiatry booth and the sign says, “The Doctor is In.” A woman stops in front of my chair […]

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Roca Madness

Roca Madness

By Liz Zuercher   My adult son called me a bitch last Christmas, but I wasn’t insulted. It’s all about my famous almond roca, which inspires obsession, to eat it and to make it.  If you succeed in making the roca, it becomes yours, no matter whose it was before.  To me it’s a roca […]

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Mothering Heights: A Survivor’s Strategy

Mothering Heights: A Survivor’s Strategy

Here’s my speech: Get a mammogram yearly, examine your breasts monthly, and exercise daily. If you have breast cancer in your family, have dense tissue or feel a strange lump, demand (not request) a MRI and ultrasound. Eat your vegetables, drink mostly water and try not to stress.  As far as I’m concerned the rest […]

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Camp Mixes Learning With Outdoor Expeditions

Camp Mixes Learning With Outdoor Expeditions

Reading their beautifully composed essays to the school board, science camp participants Will Clark, Cromwell Anaya and Francis Pillsbury each described different aspects of their Catalina Island experience, such as learning about marine birds before kayaking out to see them, snorkeling to view the fish they read about, hiking and identifying plant life, recording everything […]

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She’s Got Her Mom’s Vote

She’s Got Her Mom’s Vote

Editor, I read Sue Huston’s letter (“Welcoming Voices in School Leadership,” Sept. 20), who I do not know but was impressed by her eloquence and rational evaluation of this particular election. As a 45 year resident who has been actively involved in organizations, projects and school process and blessed with the opportunity to know the hearts […]

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Author Invites Kids’ Feedback on ‘Baluka’

Author Invites Kids’ Feedback on ‘Baluka’

Local entrepreneur Marian Keegan, owner of Laguna’s Art of Fitness & Spa, has released a children’s book entitled “Baluka & Friends” ($17.95, hardcover, ages 3 to 8), which is the story of a whimsical yet awkward character who spends all of his days and nights trying to fly inspired by Keegan’s daughter Victoria. Keegan invites […]

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Author Invites Kids’ Feedback on ‘Baluka’

Author Invites Kids’ Feedback on ‘Baluka’

Local entrepreneur Marian Keegan, owner of Laguna’s Art of Fitness & Spa, has released a children’s book entitled “Baluka & Friends” ($17.95, hardcover, ages 3 to 8), which is the story of a whimsical yet awkward character who spends all of his days and nights trying to fly inspired by Keegan’s daughter Victoria. Keegan invites […]

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Hot Dish

Hot Dish

Savoring a Trip Too Long Overlooked   It is hard to fathom that only weeks ago Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen in South Laguna was closed due to an early morning fire in the storage area.  The temporary hindrance forced chef-owner Eva Madray to prep ingredients, blend spices and mix marinades from her home. But now, pungent […]

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Get Out of the House

Get Out of the House

When Life Gives You Pumpkins, Make Pumpkin Pie It wasn’t a good sign when the bearded man in plaid and a neon orange vest made the hand motion for “keep going.” The next volunteer relayed the bad news, “Sorry, folks, parking is full. You’ll have to go down the road to the old elementary school […]