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Little-Known Thanksgiving History  By Mark D. Crantz, Special to the Independent Another perfect day in Paradise, but then there’s Thanksgiving. This year I’m celebrating Thanksgiving Up! Anybody who has read “Pet Peeves” cannot be surprised that I’m a turkey in general and...

Pet Peeves: Senior Moments

By: Mark D. Crantz   Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but there are senior moments. The other day I found myself staring at the kitchen cabinet, not wondering why I was there, but why the cabinet wasn’t there.  Then later that week, I remembered my wife was...

Pet Peeves: Genius

By Mark D. Crantz  Another perfect day in paradise, but there’s “Genius.” No, it’s not me. Although often mistaken for Albert Einstein, it’s our runaway hair, aversion to barbers with sharp instruments, and the shared delight we both have in sticking our tongues out at paparazzi...

Pet Peeves: Trolleys

By Mark D. Crantz   Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but oh no, there are the trolleys.  I know.  I know. Everybody likes the trolleys, but me. I can’t help myself. The trolleys are like the swallows that return to Capistrano without the annual cost overruns...

Pet Peeves

Got Your Goat  Another perfect day in Paradise, butt there are the goats.  No butts about it, I have goats on the brain. It all started several months ago due to an alert, sophisticated, and debonair Indy reader, me, who read to myself, without moving my lips, thanks to the...

Pet Peeves

Betting on a Sunset Quota   Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in paradise, but then there are benches. Oh, no!  I’ve started to notice benches and have begun seeking them out. That’s worse then finding the first grey hair or the first wrinkles that can’t be passed off as...

Pet Peeves

More Money, Honey   Another perfect day in Paradise, but then there is Wall Street.  Oh, no!  Even though Wall Street is 3,000 miles away or 5,000 kilometers for Brits who read on the left side of this paper, investments affect everybody everywhere.  I’m particularly...

Pet Peeves

Laguna. Another perfect day in Paradise, but then there is the “December to Remember Sales Event” commercial jingle. Oh, no! Unless you’re clinically dead or Ted Williams, there is no way you could avoid seeing these Lexus TV commercials. In case you are Ted Williams and y...

Guest Column

Pet Peeves: Lights Out  Laguna.  Another perfect day in paradise, but then there’s the Good Neighbor Lighting Ordinance. Oh, no! I haven’t been here a month and I know the light at the end of the tunnel will be deemed my light and my neighbor will have no choice but to turn me...