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Round ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out, or Bring Them In?

By Michele McCormick Fear was palpable; the room charged on April 22, in Laguna’s City Council chambers. Following Friendship Shelter Director Dawn Price’s presentation on permanent supportive housing for the homeless, a line of residents formed to express genuine concern as well...

Inside Out: The War of Art, Laguna Style

  Sex sells. Aggression sells art. Maybe. Freud believed that creativity is libido and aggression sublimated. This Victorian father of psychology dared to propose that when humankind has a conscious relationship to instinctual drives, societies realize higher collective strivings...

Is Laguna Bike Friendly?

Editor:   While teaching for UC Davis, I’ve enjoyed walking the streets of that quaint university town. I like Davis; the energy of the young reaching for knowledge, the weekly family picnic at the farmers’ market adorned with colorful veggies from local fields, the train...

Eco-Philosopher Joanna Macy Inspires People to Embrace ‘Work That Reconnects’

By Michele McCormick, Special to the Independent Well meaning environmentalists may push rhetoric devoid of action when they urge us to “create sustainable futures for our children.” Sounds good. But what does it mean? Such heady talk from academics meant to turn us green often...

Guest Column

Temporary Shelter: A Home on Wheels    Each time I’ve attempted to own a home, I’ve lost it by a natural disaster or relational tsunami. Cases in point, our family home in Texas, the early death of my father and subsequent fire; condo in California, the end of a...