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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Tribute to a Tragedy This last Sunday in Heisler Park, precisely at 11 a.m. on Sept. 11, the 10-year dedication began with bagpipes playing and the assembled crowd silent. The ceremony was to commemorate the official unveiling of artist Jorg Dubin’s 9/11 sculpture. It features two steel beams donated by the New York Port Authority […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Graceful Endings and Transitions In my last column, I wrote about the founding of the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana.   Its founders were my brother Walkie and his wife Janet. A week before the official opening, City Manager Dave Ream called for advice about naming the tiny road leading into the […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Art Outcasts Envision a New Venture  Over the years, I have been involved in many non-profits whose influence continues to reach every corner of the county, successes that often sprang from adversity. This column and others to follow will tell some of their surprising histories. My involvement with non-profits began with Art Spaces Irvine, whose […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Cousin Darold From Kansas   Cousin Darold Longhofer and his wife, Barbara, arrived from Kansas the other day. He was here on business, but also pleasure, so he brought Barb. It had been more than 20 years since he had visited California and he was not impressed.   “Too damn crowded,” he said.     Darold […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Just Do It We each measure our own aging in various fashions, mostly by ascertaining what we no longer can do. For me, it is body-boarding, a type of surfing I love.  In each of the last 12 years, I have made a deliberate trip to my favorite island, Kauai, and favorite surfing beach there, […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

My Son the Football Player My son Harrison is a football player and I have failed.  He is only 16 and I never meant this to happen.  He is gentle, kind and a musician, and is the family peacemaker.  After all, his two siblings are older girls and though they were a bit hard on […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Return Of The Dolphins I live in north Laguna and have kayaked from there for some 20 years.  I cast off from Diver’s or Fisherman’s Cove, push beyond the shoals, then turn north to Emerald Bay. If feeling strong, I paddle all the way to Irvine Cove. Heading north, usually I hug the coast […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Libertarian Blues   The most famous libertarian in American history probably is Ayn Rand, whose institute is based in Irvine. During the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, she wrote a series of novels about how big government is inherently evil. Two of her books, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged,” most particularly celebrated the triumph of […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

It Can’t Happen Here By Michael Ray We do not think it can happen here. I live above Diver’s Cove in a house that is at an elevation a good 50 feet above the ocean.  Let me be specific.   My house is on a lip of land 20 feet above Cliff Drive, which runs below […]

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Musings From the Coast

Musings From the Coast

The Autumn by My Discontent Spring is in the air. I can feel it.  Things are looking up.  But I cannot get with it.  I’m not there, not yet. I’m still stuck in a time warp dating back to the fall of 2009, 18 months ago. Then, on Sept. 2, the ocean temperature was an […]