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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...

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,”...

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...

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...
Posted On 13 Mar 2014

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Posted On 25 Apr 2012

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...
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