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A Modern Passover

Passover began as a celebration of spring for the Jewish people; a time for the celebration of life.  With the rabbis it became a commemoration and celebration of a biblical exodus and escape from slavery in ancient Egypt. This familiar story, contained in the traditional...

Pet Peeves: No More Dirty Looks

By Mark D. Crantz   I found paradise in Laguna Beach. Now the trick is figuring out how to stay here. My 201K can buy you only so many nights. I’ve called my therapist, Dr. Arnie Paypal for advice on a suitable second career. He says it’s most important to follow your...

Minding our Business: Simplifying Style

Another gallery has shuttered its doors – Swenson – and in its place, an upscale concept store promises simplicity with style. Joining the ranks of swank shops like Trove, Riga and Anastasia, what you might call not-so-shabby chic, this new addition, Simple, is another doorway to...
Posted On 07 Mar 2013

Son of Susi Q: Not a River in Egypt

By Chris Quilter When Alvie Singer was romancing Annie Hall, he bought her a copy of Ernest Becker’s “The Denial of Death.” At the time of this sentimental gesture, I was living in Manhattan and complaining in therapy, just like Woody Allen still does. I look upon those...

Stories Reimagined in Woman’s Club Art Sale

By Robin Pierson | Special to the Independent A celebration of women artists will be held at The Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach at the Spring Women Artists Boutique on Sunday, March 13, from noon to 5  p.m. Jewelers, knitters and painters, along with illustrators, photographers and...

Skateboarding, the Freedom to Take Risks

Editor: To the speed boarding side: Speed boarding is dangerous. Asking politely to have permission to do something stupid is even dumber than whatever you were going to do in the first place. Now you’re dumb twice. Just go do it. Pay the fines. Wear a ….. Never mind. To the...

Bad Forecasts Result in Stiff Penalties

By Tony Crowell Last month, the government of Romania introduced a tax on fortunetellers.  The Romanian Parliament is now considering legislation that would subject them to fines or even prison if their predictions fail to come true. Investors may wish that the SEC would consider...