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Music in the Park   “We are spirits in the material world.” The Police.   Music in the Park is something that I hadn’t experienced. The shows aren’t a big secret. Maybe because of the crowds or because our kids don’t hang out in parks anymore, I had never gone before. That...

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Endless Summer   Dave Vanderveen “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.” Mae West.   Sometimes life is too good in Laguna Beach. When the water is in the high 60s and low 70s, I really wish I could grow gills or at least fur and flippers. Now with the massive kelp forests...

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Independence Takes a Village  “Laguna Beach is what other Southern California beach cities aspire to,” says tourist Shayne Moore. While admittedly biased to quote a friend about your own town, that doesn’t make what she says less true. Independence Day is a busy in Laguna Beach....

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Listening to U2 “What if God is even greater than we think? We can have God neatly wrapped up in our heads and then, all of a sudden, he will have a little shaft of light and we will see things as we’ve never seen them before, even the familiar things.” Jack Heaslip, U2’s...

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 Truth, Goodness and Beauty  “For as long as man has sought wisdom he has known that there are three things we all long for…truth, goodness, and beauty.” Rev. Jeff Tacklind at Cody Day’s memorial service.   Thursday morning I was late driving from a surf session at Brooks Street...

Art Auction Double Bill

Fundraiser Benefits Arts Education Laguna College of Art & Design will host its 22nd annual Collector’s Choice Fine Art Event and Auction Saturday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the campus, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road.  More than 400 patrons will enjoy a festive evening featuring a fine...

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Social Fabric   “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” –Alexis de Tocqueville. With Passover and Easter week behind us, the Superbowl Sunday for faith is likely an afterthought for many. I believe that at least the assumption of...

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Duty, Strangers and Family “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.” The old mission statement at the Grand Haven (Mich.) Lifeguard Station. James Pribram saved a woman’s life last weekend near the blowhole on the Pearl Street reef. It was a difficult rescue in cold...

Gratitude for Beautiful Words

Editor, This comment is for David Vanderveen, in response to Local Current’s column “Social Harmony,” March 18. Your thoughts and words were beautiful. Here are a few of my favorites: the words “Social harmony”; in regards to the Japanese culture, internal peace is a cultural...

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Difficulties   “Life is difficult,” M. Scott Peck, “The Road Less Traveled.”   The wonderful paradox of M. Scott Peck’s classic work is that once we accept the truth of life’s difficulty, we can transcend it and it ceases to be as difficult. A few of life’s difficulties...

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Social Harmony “What if we pursued this connection [sister cities] between Shibuya and Laguna Beach?” John Parker, president, Amway Japan.   Shibuya is one of the main city centers in Tokyo, Japan, where Amway Japan owns a prominent office building. Just a couple of days...

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Abuse and Responsibility   “No report or study to date has shown a compelling connection between caffeine and alcohol to abuse or addiction. Determining that college students drink more alcohol for the purpose of intoxication is an indulgence in reporting the obvious.”...

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Justice, Decency and Mutiny   “No code can cover all contingencies. We cannot put justice aboard our ships in books. Justice and decency are carried in the heart of the captain, or they be not aboard.” –Captain Bligh’s court-martial judge, “Mutiny on the Bounty.” It...

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Green Ocean Strategy   “You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.” –Jerry Garcia   Bill McDonough, the “Cradle to Cradle” author and designer-architect quoted Garcia during part of a...
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