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Culture Karma: Better to Stroll and Shop

Culture Karma: Better to Stroll and Shop

I took a stroll through Laguna this past Saturday, merely for the sake of enjoying the balmy day, and the pleasure of watching families together doing the same. A stroll is by definition without purpose and I had no mission, only window shopping, which is always fun in town. I’ve never done the black Friday […]

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Culture Karma: Few Degrees of Separation

Culture Karma: Few Degrees of Separation

This is a message to the many people in Laguna Beach who knew and cared about Danita Crivello and who mourn her passing. In the general culture of grief, only the immediate family – parents, children and grandchildren, spouses and siblings – are sanctioned as mourners. The second tier of friends and colleagues stand behind […]

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Culture Karma: Feeding a Literary Appetite

Culture Karma: Feeding a Literary Appetite

Laguna is known for the arts. Fine arts. We also have a lot of good music, compliments of Laguna Beach Live, and fabulous dance, via Laguna Dance Festival. But I’m a wordsmith and I find myself often in search of literary arts that are harder to find. Yes, there are hundreds of book groups. Yes, […]

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Culture Karma: Saline Solutions

Culture Karma: Saline Solutions

I ran into Michael Beanan the other day. Michael is one of the founders of the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, a force behind the marine life protected area along Laguna’s shoreline, and one of the most animated, compassionate, committed environmentalist I’ve ever met. He reminded me that water represents 70% of our natural world. I checked. […]

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Culture Karma: See You in September

Culture Karma: See You in September

I was away a couple of weeks and returned just after Labor Day to discover that the season had changed even before the autumn equinox. Ah yes, I remember: off-season. Pageant and festival doors are closed and the throngs are gone. Back to school. Back to work. Back to wherever they came from. And the […]

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Culture Karma: Our High-Tech, Low-Touch Culture

Culture Karma: Our High-Tech, Low-Touch Culture

  I attended the “Pageant of the Masters” the other night. The best of the six I’ve seen. And the silence of the vast crowd in the midst of these stunning larger-than-life facsimiles and the soundtrack of a pitch-perfect orchestra once again struck me. Silent they were, but not still. Despite pre-show announcements and staff […]

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Bikes Detoured Around High-Traffic Zones?

Bikes Detoured Around High-Traffic Zones?

Editor, A  city staff report shows 32 locations for installation of bike racks in the downtown area and park locations. It is noteworthy that bike racks were not assigned to locations of high traffic areas like banks, the Post Office, schools, coffee cafes or City Hall. Instead four prime locations were flagged as “not recommended” due […]

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Plein Air Works Go Downtown

Plein Air Works Go Downtown

A new exhibition titled “Dedicated to Painting the Landscape” presented by the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, was installed this week at City Hall and will be on display through Aug. 17.

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Questioning Public Employees’ Benefits

Questioning Public Employees’ Benefits

Editor, Go Mike Rybah! His letter (“A Critic of Profligate Spending at City Hall,” Letters, June 22) regarding our city using pension workers is accurate. Everyone in the city should ask for the budget covering things like picking up trash….It’s great to watch all of our city guys talking and slowly taking out the trash. […]

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A Critic of Profligate Spending at City Hall

A Critic of Profligate Spending at City Hall

Editor, I am writing regarding the proposed increase to sewer services charges. A 10 percent increase over three years is unacceptable and irresponsible. I have been reading about the frailty of the infrastructure for years. This money should have been set aside long ago. If Laguna Beach were a private corporation, whoever failed to budget […]

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Culture Karma: Poetry Abounds

Culture Karma: Poetry Abounds

Poetry month came and went with typically little fanfare and all but true poetry lovers neglect this ancient literary form. More often we miss the poetry in our midst. After all, every breathtaking blue sky or the morning marine layer hugging the coastline like a low flying cloud, that too is poetry. Poetry is the […]

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Leaders Need To Finish Their Goals

Leaders Need To Finish Their Goals

Editor, I was a “lucky” respondent to a telephone poll this past week all about things in Laguna. When I finished answering the pollsters questions it struck me that over the past several years the council has wallowed around in a sea of indecision like a ship without a rudder or planned destination. The same […]

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M.F.K. Fisher: Finding Food and Love in Laguna

M.F.K. Fisher: Finding Food and Love in Laguna

Long before Julia Child and Alice Waters, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl, or the countless other food writers of the last 50 years, M. F. K. Fisher blazed the path and published 30 essay collections, memoirs or translations of French epicureans. Generally acknowledged as the progenitor of food writing, Fisher (born Mary Frances Kennedy) established the […]

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Art Seen

Art Seen

Art Students Exhibit Their Work in Spring Laguna Art Museum will host Laguna College of Art + Design’s graduate student Painting and Drawing exhibition with an opening night reception Saturday, May 5 at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s lower level galleries, 307 Cliff Dr., though  May 27.   Auction […]

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Culture Karma

Culture Karma

Classics Meet Modernists I’m visiting a friend in North Carolina where the trees are tall and blindingly green and weekend gardeners scurry like ants to remove the last bits of mulch and signs of winter. Back in Laguna Beach, spring seems a foregone conclusion. Summer is what occupies the minds of most Lagunans as plans […]