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Occupy Laguna   The news seems to be full of updates on the Occupy Wallstreet protestors and the related occupations going on around the USA. Living in Laguna can make it hard to feel the pain of protestors in New York.   Today was a perfect fall day for me in Southern...

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A Moveable Feast   “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast,” Ernest Hemingway   This week felt like Laguna in Paris. My wife, Sarah and I traveled...

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Who’d have thought you had to come to Grand Rapids to become a famous artist in New York?” Glenn Rogers, on location at ArtPrize last week. Local entrepreneur and tennis legend Glenn Rogers and I were in Grand Rapids, Mich., last week for business and happened on one of...

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A Contest of Our Own   “With Labor Day quickly approaching, I wanted to put out the very real possibility early that the 50th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic could happen this weekend. There was a very powerful swell generated in the Southern Hemisphere last week, and it...

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Exporting Laguna Love   Picking up a new custom surfboard is still one of my favorite material experiences. Perfect glass, tinted resin, so many fin choices these days. The tools we ride are truly pieces of art.   It’s even more exciting when I’m bringing that art...

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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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Hanoi, Z-Pizza and Horns “’What does a horn mean?’ That’s an interesting question about the social structure of a culture.” –John Parker, President, Amway Japan. While headed to dinner with my wife at Bobby Chinn’s in Hanoi, Vietnam, we passed a Z-Pizza sign at a new...

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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...