By David Vanderveen “We have lingered in the chambers of the sea By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till human voices wake us, and we drown.” –T.S. Elliot, from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” “The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still […]
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…and then Dad said, “You know what I believe? I remember in college I was taking a math class, this really great math class taught by this tiny old woman. She was talking about fast Fourier transformations and she stopped midsentence and said, ‘Sometimes it seems the universe wants to be noticed.’”…That’s what I believe. […]
Advice for Students & Teachers From an Avant-garde Innovator “My dance classes were open to anybody, my only stipulation was that they had to come to the class every day.” –Merce Cunningham I’m writing this prior to Tuesday’s City Council meeting over the Social Host Ordinance (SHO), so I don’t know the outcome. What I […]
Liberty & Monarchy “The Arab Spring must be accompanied by a spring of freedom for all Arabs.” His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifia Al Thani of Qatar. How is it that a monarchy in the Arab world is more supportive in developing the foundation of a free society than our own […]
Good Intentions “L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et desires.” (Hell is full of good wishes and desires).” –St Bernard of Clairvaux. Over the weekend I received this Facebook message: Hey, I just added you to the group “Fight the Social Host Ordinance”. We have plenty of high-schoolers ready to speak against the illogicalities […]
Editor, Re: Making Sure Kids Are Wise to the Pitfalls (Jan. 27). The recent column by David Vanderveen discussed an incident involving a first year high school student who came home from a party showing signs of incoherence and confusion. She believed that this was the result of drinking three cans of an energy drink, […]
Tennis Courts and House Parties “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and you’re going to need a bigger jail.” Laguna Beach resident, Glenn. Glenn Rogers explained a joint committee meeting of the Laguna Beach school board and city recently with the above quote. He was there to address the issue of […]
“When is the surfboard menorah going to be up at Main Beach? I can’t wait!” Sarah Vanderveen.
Laguna has a great mix of festivities over the late-December holiday season. We’re just kicking off the eight days of Hanukah as I write this column, and Christmas isn’t far off. Weeks and weekends are crammed with homes to visit and gifts to give. It’s a time when you start to wonder if you have too many friends in such a small town.
The surfboard menorah is a highlight of the season for my wife, Sarah. She believes that she’s Jewish somewhere in her ancestry and also just loves the unique way that the Chabad Jewish Center celebrates Chanukah publicly with lighted surfboard art at the beach.
Cooperation “Cooperation is the new competition.” GrowersFirst.com Our family just returned from an epic adventure in Honduras with the Laguna Beach-based non-profit Growers First. The trip involved working with rural coffee farmers, visiting Mayan ruins in Copan and exploring the reefs and islands around Roatan. My favorite observation was seeing how neighbors work […]
Getting Past Veneers What would it have been like to live in Laguna Beach 100 years ago? The idea of an undeveloped coastal town is idyllic: abundant open space, a pristine Pacific teeming with sea life and a slower pace. I’m writing this column as I travel to Honduras with two Laguna families, […]
Occupy Laguna The news seems to be full of updates on the Occupy Wallstreet protestors and the related occupations going on around the USA. Living in Laguna can make it hard to feel the pain of protestors in New York. Today was a perfect fall day for me in Southern California and money […]
Editor, The article by David Vanderveen, “Getting Along” (Oct. 28 edition) was absolutely perfect in addressing the local police situation. This is a small town and in many ways an intimate community. The people who live here do so because they love this town and they have a respect for one another that allows all […]
Getting Along “Can’t we all just get along?” Rodney King. A law-abiding, tax-paying citizen relayed his frustration to me about a junior officer who exercised his positional leadership with the Laguna Beach Police Department ahead of all decent common sense last weekend. It’s hard for me to grasp why someone walking out […]
A Moveable Feast “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast,” Ernest Hemingway This week felt like Laguna in Paris. My wife, Sarah and I traveled with […]
“ABC Wide World of Sports did a five minute segment on the Aquathon in 1996 finding it one of the new “extreme sports.” Aside from this minor slip, we have been successful in keeping the event out of the press. For example, Sports Illustrated asked for rights to cover the event in 1999. Permission was […]