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The Thing About Twitter

I found a writers’ community at Twitter. Writers of all types. Editors. Publishers. Book reviewers. E-zines. Lit-zines. Indy book promoters. Strangers all, until the first reply, the retweet, the favorite. Suddenly, friendly acquaintances. Bonded by mutual interest. What I...
Posted On 13 Mar 2014

Folding Up Their Easels

It is said where one door closes, another opens. In the case of Laguna Beach commerce, gallery closings in recent years have opened storefronts to other types of merchants, so that the town is becoming less about art sales and more about, well, shopping. I had hoped to provide...
Posted On 21 Feb 2014

Paradigm Shift

  It is said where one door closes, another opens. In the case of Laguna Beach commerce, gallery closings in recent years have opened store fronts to other types of merchants, so that the town is less about arts and more about, well, shopping. I had hoped to provide...
Posted On 13 Feb 2014

Retro Redo

Remember that childhood rhyme? “I’ve got a rocket in my pocket, I cannot stop to play…” That rhyme became the basis for the Dr. Seuss parody “A Wocket in my Pocket” and both are testaments to the frivolity of childhood. Those rhymes, and my own youth, were on replay in my brain...

Local Author Spins the Color Wheel

Local author and Laguna Beach Independent columnist Randy Kraft will read from and sign copies of her new book, “Colors of the Wheel,” at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. Kraft also writes a book blog for OCinSite.com and her short play...

Minding Our Business

Crafting a Culture Leanne Cairnes manufactures eco-friendly handbags as a cottage business, Belyn Designs. She works closely with fabric designers to evoke natural settings like tree branches and flowers, and last season scored a holiday order with retailer Anthropologie online....
Posted On 16 Jan 2014

Minding Our Business: Let There Be Juice

When I was a girl, my mother pressed oranges into juice by hand and I nibbled the mashed fruit remains. Tropicana OJ and Mott’s apple juice was what I poured my own children, never imagining how little nutritional value was left nor how much sugar was added, not to mention the...
Posted On 24 Oct 2013

Minding Our Business: The Earth Whisperer

Valentine’s Day arrives for me in the form of giant red hearts perched on poles along Coast Highway bordering Laguna Nursery. Just as pumpkins announce Halloween and glittery lights mark Christmas, owner Ruben Flores decorates our urban landscape as well as the yards and gardens...
Posted On 07 Feb 2013

Culture Karma: Another Small Town

Thirty-three years ago, when my first-born was a newborn, my husband and I, at that time living in New York City, were considering a move to suburban Connecticut. He had accepted a position in Bridgeport, on Long Island Sound, on the northeast corner of Fairfield County, so we...
Posted On 19 Dec 2012

Culture Karma: The Montage Divide

When I relocated to Laguna Beach nearly seven years ago, the embers of battle between the various factions within the city’s populace and the developers of the Montage resort, were still smoldering. Having not lived through that war, I saw only the outcome: a stunning resort on a...
Posted On 05 Dec 2012

Culture Karma: Better to Stroll and Shop

I took a stroll through Laguna this past Saturday, merely for the sake of enjoying the balmy day, and the pleasure of watching families together doing the same. A stroll is by definition without purpose and I had no mission, only window shopping, which is always fun in town. I’ve...
Posted On 29 Nov 2012

Culture Karma: Few Degrees of Separation

This is a message to the many people in Laguna Beach who knew and cared about Danita Crivello and who mourn her passing. In the general culture of grief, only the immediate family – parents, children and grandchildren, spouses and siblings – are sanctioned as mourners. The second...
Posted On 01 Nov 2012

Culture Karma: Feeding a Literary Appetite

Laguna is known for the arts. Fine arts. We also have a lot of good music, compliments of Laguna Beach Live, and fabulous dance, via Laguna Dance Festival. But I’m a wordsmith and I find myself often in search of literary arts that are harder to find. Yes, there are hundreds of...
Posted On 18 Oct 2012

Culture Karma: Saline Solutions

I ran into Michael Beanan the other day. Michael is one of the founders of the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, a force behind the marine life protected area along Laguna’s shoreline, and one of the most animated, compassionate, committed environmentalist I’ve ever met. He reminded me...
Posted On 27 Sep 2012

Culture Karma: See You in September

I was away a couple of weeks and returned just after Labor Day to discover that the season had changed even before the autumn equinox. Ah yes, I remember: off-season. Pageant and festival doors are closed and the throngs are gone. Back to school. Back to work. Back to wherever...
Posted On 13 Sep 2012
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