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Local Currents: Push Further

Local Currents: Push Further

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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Local Currents: On the Road

Local Currents: On the Road

“The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.” – J.R.R. Tolkien   […]

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Local Currents: Give Notice

Local Currents: Give Notice

…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. […]

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Local Currents: #NotBuyingIt

Local Currents: #NotBuyingIt

“Let’s stop buying that s—!” Maggie Hempen, Healthy Girl Festival founder.   Like the student who stood in front of the tanks at Tiananmen Square, it is both inspiring and scary to watch a person you know dare to fail in their efforts to stop a colossal evil. Maggie Hempen and the women who put […]

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Local Currents: Positive Movement

Local Currents: Positive Movement

“It appears there is a progression of introversion [among the Laguna Beach School Board.] The families and students come first. They are your clients. The union is not your client. You should be transparent, but have shown to be insular.” –Rick Putnam to the Laguna Beach Unified School District board members.   There has been […]

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Local Currents: Brown (Act) vs Board of Education

Local Currents: Brown (Act) vs Board of Education

“A law to prohibit secret meetings of official bodies, save under the most exceptional circumstances, should not be necessary. Public officers above all other persons should be imbued with the truth that their business is the public’s business and they should be the last to tolerate any attempt to keep the people from being fully […]

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Local Currents:  Passing Along My Stoke

Local Currents: Passing Along My Stoke

“There is no better feeling than getting another person stoked on surfing. Truly, it does not bum me out that there are more surfers in the water these days. It just means that I have to get up earlier in the morning. When I saw this man rise on a wave for the first time, […]

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Local Currents: Be A Poet

Local Currents: Be A Poet

“…we’re encouraging Dudeists around the world to celebrate The Now Is Here Day this Friday, Dec. 21…Just take it easy, mankind… It’s like Lennon (and three other guys) said about “The End”: And in the end / The love you take / Is equal to / The love you make. From http://www.dudespaper.com This week has […]

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Local Currents: Community Works

Local Currents: Community Works

“As a waterman myself, I grew up admiring and being inspired by many of the great watermen legends of Laguna. I feel incredibly blessed to be given this opportunity to share my artistic talent in a way that recognizes some of these legends, and at the same time, gives back to the community I love.” […]

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Local Currents: Political Tolerance

Local Currents: Political Tolerance

“I’m all about healing and forgiveness.” –Howard Hills   One of the nicest parts of the campaign season is when candidates graciously acknowledge their opponents after the voting is decided. All the negative emotions melt away, and we see the true humanity that campaigns mask. After the elections, our country needs to focus on rebuilding […]

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Local Currents: Where’s the Fire?

Local Currents: Where’s the Fire?

“I support the pro-active support programs, education and activities dealing with teenage drinking and drug abuse but oppose the social host ordinance.” –Steve Dicterow, former Laguna Beach mayor and city council candidate. It’s been a bit wild to watch the railroading of the local social host ordinance (SHO). No matter how much good-intention and perfume […]

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Local Currents: Exoneration

Local Currents: Exoneration

“Recognition should come to the reporter who uncovers public cheating or proves a convicted man innocent.” –Phil Donahue   Last week, I saw a Facebook post from Maurice Possley, or “Mo” as I call him, a good friend that moved to Laguna Beach in 2009. He was writing about the exoneration of a death row […]

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Local Currents: Get Your Gills Wet

Local Currents: Get Your Gills Wet

“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.” –Jacques Yves Cousteau   The ocean has to be both the greatest escape and one of the best reset buttons that exists for me. It is […]

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Local Currents

Local Currents

Anticipating Laguna’s Brooks Street Surf Contest “The 50th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic is on hold. We are currently watching an intense storm in the South Pacific, which has potential to deliver a nice swell for next weekend, 8/18-19. Hopefully, one worthy of the 50th Anniversary of the Classic’s running! Stay tuned and start rearranging […]

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Local Currents: Giving Fun

Local Currents: Giving Fun

“Mauli Ola put the ‘fun’ in ‘fundraiser’!” –Paul Hamilton.   Giving back doesn’t have to hurt. Mauli Ola, the local non-profit that takes young people with cystic fibrosis surfing to help them breathe easier, put on what may be the most fun charitable event I’ve been to in a long time. Hans Hagen hosted the […]