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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Eyes on the Prize Two weeks after a small-minded sect of politicians drove the United States to the brink of default, its stock market hit record levels. This rebound reflects its continued leadership as the world’s largest economy and also on the country’s ability to produce and attract brainpower. Beyond economics, it is the world’s […]

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Former Refugee Envisions Playing Fields for Youth

Former Refugee Envisions Playing Fields for Youth

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent A fundraiser to build a sports complex at a Tibetan refugee settlement in rural India will be held this Friday evening at Laguna Beach’s Neighborhood Congregational Church. Sharing Light, the second fundraiser for the Norgyeling Tibetan Settlement, will feature a concert by blues master John Heussenstamm and an […]

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Kindling Community in Dark Corners

Kindling Community in Dark Corners

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   After spending more than 20 hours in the air, a group of local travellers dropped down in central India and were instantly bombarded by a relentless barrage of sights and sounds as they drove another four hours to a remote Tibetan refugee settlement. Sharing narrow roads with […]

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Wells a Splashing Success

Wells a Splashing Success

Money raised by Laguna Beach’s Soroptimist International and its partner, Newport Beach’s Woman of the Wells, have built four wells in India. The first of eight wells planned were installed in the villages of Dukari Pada, Gultaare and Pepal Gaon, located in State of Maharashtra, India. The previous water sources for these tribal villages were […]

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Gift of Light Comes Up Short

Gift of Light Comes Up Short

The goal of locals to bring solar powered light to families living in a Tibetan settlement in central India was nearly realized at a fundraiser last Saturday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church. “Sharing Light,” a benefit that featured a Tibetan flute player, homemade Indian food and an auction and raffle raised $7,000, two-thirds of the […]

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Local Businesses Voted Best in Show

Local Businesses Voted Best in Show

Seven Laguna Beach businesses were voted “best” in their respective categories for 2012 online at oc.cityvoter.com. Laguna Beach resident Rev. Michael J. Ahern has been voted best wedding officiate for three years in a row. Occasions at Laguna Village was voted the best wedding venue, also for three years in a row. The Cliff Restaurant […]

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Church Members Organize Return India Trip

Church Members Organize Return India Trip

Those interested in joining members of Neighborhood Congregational Church’s 16-day trip to India are invited to attend an 11:30 a.m. informational meeting Sunday, Oct. 21, at the church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. The tour leaving Jan. 24 will be led by Tenpa Dorjee, owner of Laguna Beach’s Tibet Handicrafts. For info: phone Pam Wicks at […]

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Monks Reprise Their Temporal Works of Art

Monks Reprise Their Temporal Works of Art

Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery in southern India return to Laguna Beach’s Neighborhood Congregational Church on Sept. 18-23, where they will again create a sand mandala and introduce the community to their practices. The church, which has sponsored two similar visits by monks, will be open to the public between 10 a.m. […]

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Prayer Wheel Embodies Church’s New Pledge

Prayer Wheel Embodies Church’s New Pledge

By Robin Pierson and Pam Wicks, Special to the Independent After viewing moving slides taken on a spiritual trip to India, the Neighborhood Congregational Church and several members of the audience, pledged support and $600 to help the monks and Tibetan refugees living in an impoverished, desolate area of central India. More than 100 people […]

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Janet Lena

Janet Lena

Janet Lena 1941-2012   D.H. Lawrence once said, “It is not the length of life but the depth.”  If one agrees with this conclusion then Janet (Jan) Lena’s, of Laguna Beach, certainly filled the bill. Born in New York City in 1941, Lena spent her formative years in Long Branch, N.J., where she developed a […]

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Sharing a Gift of Insight

Sharing a Gift of Insight

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent In the midst of chaos and poverty of India, five Laguna Beach travelers recently received an abundance of individually tailored gifts: glimpses into the nature of the divine, insights about themselves and the realization that the West can learn much about living well from the people of the […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Beat Goes On The market still has the wind at its back. For the first two months of 2012, the S&P 500 rang up a 9% gain, far ahead of its record for more than the last two years. It continues to outshine the Dow Jones Industrial average, a reverse from last year’s fearful […]

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India Travelers Welcome Donations

India Travelers Welcome Donations

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   Five big-hearted and open-minded seekers will be traveling to India next month, visiting spiritual sites and delivering humanitarian aid. Local Laguna residents Pam Wicks of the Neighborhood Congregational Church, Julien Kheymour, Susan Brown Madorsky and Everett Hoffman of Cleveland, Ohio, will join leader Tenpa Dorjee of Laguna […]

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Putting a Face to Human Trafficking

Putting a Face to Human Trafficking

If a favorite cinnamon bagel has grown mold overnight, the once pristine car now has a dent in its bumper, and congestion has made you 20 minutes late for work, clearly the day is ruined. Get a little perspective. That’s the message iSanctuary brings to Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Festival grounds this Saturday, Sept. 10. At […]

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Indy on the Itinerary

Indy on the Itinerary

Share a postcard from your travels near or far. Submit a high resolution image at www.lbindy.com.  Moscow  Retired Cal State Fullerton history professor Bob Feldman and his wife Pam at Moscow’s St. Basil Cathedral. Though retired, the couple conduct annual tours to Russia. Idaho Laguna’s Dennis Lockwood, center, took his friends, Bob Burns, left, and […]