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Local Currents: A Drop in the Ocean

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” –Mother Teresa Charles and James Dunlop, two brothers from Laguna Beach, have built an incredible business around DNA testing innovation. They...

Local Currents: Brooks Street & Rebellion

“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.” –Thomas Jefferson A change dish with Thomas Jefferson’s comment inscribed in it sits on my desk, a reminder of the American experiment and the constant need to protect liberty. This coming week, I’ll be celebrating the American...

Local Currents: Local Solutions to Exotic Problems

“We aren’t doing takeout orders over the phone, you have to come in.”  — Umami Burger receptionist Planning dinner during finals week can be a bit dicey with schedules in flux and study groups coming and going. As I was returning from a joint meeting of the Eco Warrior...

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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...

Local Currents: The Right Kinds of Problems

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson.   Who ever thought that a high school tennis awards banquet could double as a comedy show? Dizz’s As Is, the legendary local restaurant and bar, hosted Laguna Beach Hi...

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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...

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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...

Support for School Leaders

Editor: I am disappointed that Mr. Vanderveen would critique a meeting that he has not even attended (Local Currents, “Tennis Courts and House Parties,” Feb. 3). I don’t believe his summary of the meeting to be factual. It comes secondhand to him. I am sure there are many facets...

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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...

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Mutual Responsibility   “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Abraham Lincoln.     Last week a local friend called with a concern about potential energy drink abuse by his daughter. It wasn’t the brand that I’m affiliated...

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Let’s Get Weird   “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” Dr. Seuss     Laguna is a tolerant...

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“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....

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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...

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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...

Come See For Yourself

  Editor, I totally agree with David Vanderveen (“Occupy Laguna,” Local Currents, Nov. 11). It’s really hard to feel the pain of protesters in New York when you’re living in Smugsville-by-the-Sea. Everything is so perfect here: the weather’s wonderful, the...