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The Solace of the Sea

When I turned 60, I took up surfing. This might seem counter-intuitive. A silver haired woman in the line up with the groms while all my friends started knitting or playing cards.  But life as I had known it had imploded, and layering on an oversized challenge seemed oddly...

You Can’t Go Home Again

Old-timers, as I suppose I can now consider myself, like to grouse about how wonderful Laguna used to be and how much it has changed.  In the spirit of Thomas Wolfe’s novel, “You Can Never Go Home Again,” it’s interesting to note how the passage of time has both held character...

Thought on Village Entrance

Editor, I appreciate Catharine Cooper’s letter in the LB Indy a couple of weeks ago (“Another Though on the Village Entrance” Oct. 24), about the dubious parking structure proposal. I’d completely forgotten about the loss of the view of the airport...

Another Thought on the Village Entrance

Editor, As I approached John Wayne Airport in the pre-dawn darkness, I reflected on how a later-built parking structure completely obscured any view of the stunning airport architecture. Once visible from MacArthur Boulevard, all that can now be seen is a looming multi-story...

Checking In: Taking Part in Seachange

Some thoughts on the sea …Before us. Beneath us. Beyond us. The constancy. The changeability. The sea. We sit on the edge of the great Pacific Ocean, a community of the lucky ones to call the beachfront our home. It’s our western boundary, our Laguna blue belt. Often, we take her...

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Social Media & Hometown Connections   My last column, “The Changing Face of a Hometown,” brought full circle the power of social media to connect. Friend sent to friends, who sent to friends, who sent to their alumni lists. Lagunans like to stay connected and want to...

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The Changing Face of a Hometown   Laguna has been the place that I’ve called home since 1956.  My father bought a vintage farmhouse on the top of Ledroit Lane and dragged his wife and children to live with a constant view of the ocean.  I was hooked on the village atmosphere...

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Keeping it Blue   Is it just my imagination, or are there measurably more fish in our Laguna waters than a few years ago? While there are those who would argue that the marine protected status was unnecessary, I can attest that the simple view from my SUP board is of...

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Whose House, Anyway?   Design Review has always been contentious, and how could it not be?  A property owner wants to alter their home to their unique tastes or physical needs only to find that that they are pitted against neighbors and a panel of city selected officials....

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Clearing Clutter for 2012   “Life is like a closet.  You have to clear space – throw stuff out – to make room for change and shifted directions.” – cc   If you could have anything you wanted in 2012, what would you choose?   A better financial picture? ...