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The Art of Hanging Art

Local experts reveal that decorating the home requires much more than simply hanging a piece of art on a wall. By Ashley Ryan | Photos by Jody Tiongco   As an integral part of interior design, art can transform the look and feel of a room. The pieces that decorate a home not...
Posted On 25 Aug 2014

The Slant

Unknown Author Writes a Reality Check Before taking a seat on a bench, I noticed a piece of paper with handwritten text. I had just finished a bike ride. I stopped to look at the view from Alta Laguna Park and catch my breath. I picked it up and read what you are about to read. I...

Summer Hibernation Starts

Enjoy what’s left of your off season routine. Last Saturday, June 21, marked the official start of summer and the arrival of tourists. With the economy recovering, this year we can expect more people in town than ever. Additionally, Irvine has been hurriedly producing new homes...

High-Risk Parenting

“Can we go driving today,” my older son asks with the mellifluous cadence of a scene from “Driving Miss Daisy.” Did he just wink while saying that? My oldest son is 16 and wants to drive Laguna’s skinny, crowded, hilly streets, where people run across the highway without looking....

Conversing with Laguna’s Gregarious Greeter

One of Laguna Beach’s endearing facets involves its greeter. Laguna has had a greeter off and on since the late 1800’s starting with Joe Lucas, a Portuguese fisherman who died in 1908. A greeter who welcomes visitors personally makes their arrival different than other places....

Alive Again

It is nearly 7 p.m. You are at home minding your own business when there is a knock at the door. You stroll down the hall alongside thoughtfully placed family pictures. The grandparents, school photos etc. You smile slightly as you always do while passing them. Cheerfully you...

Dissecting Love

“Love, exciting and new. Come aboard, we are expecting you.” “I don’t think she’s in love anymore; she broke all my windows and knocked down my door.” Or, “they said they’d split it all down the middle, but she got the better half. She got the goldmine and I got the shaft.” My...

Coming Uncorked

Change is the trend these days. Fashion changes regularly as manufactures strive to bring something new to shelves each season. In my line of work as an interior designer I am presented with a color forecast regularly. These are the colors expected to be trending. Even...

Blissfully Aging

God is a mean boy with a magnifying glass. We age with a slow burn. With the holidays having just passed and spending time with my dad I could see for the first time the years of experience on my dad’s face. I reminisce about when my dad turned 40. The year was about 1980. Mom...

Keeping the Spirit Alive

  The world had been sad since Christmas went away. The lack of Christmas spirit made it just go away. Outside there seemed to be no horizon. The ocean and the sky were gray. No wind. The house and its lack of light made the shadows that followed Aiden seem darker. The...

Keeping the Spirit Alive

By Roderick Reed The world had been sad since Christmas went away. The lack of Christmas spirit made it just go away. Outside there seemed to be no horizon. The ocean and the sky were gray. No wind. The house and its lack of light made the shadows that followed Aiden seem darker....

The Slant: A Lump of Coal for the Politically Correct

It’s interesting that the forces of political correctness in the United States have slowly forced us to be ashamed of our culture. Recently I said “Merry Christmas” to a person in a store. I received a quizzical look. After thinking about it, I realized these are words you don’t...

The Slant: Be a Good Holiday Host

The holidays are here. This time of year I often get asked questions about how to make one’s home look good during the holidays. Reality is if you know how to entertain, your party will be good. People know how to invite someone over but don’t usually know how to properly have...

The Slant: Trying to Time the Yuletide

  I get struck by Christmas spirit in July or August. That is about the time of year the year I stumble on a movie like ”Home Alone” or “Christmas Vacation” on TV. Someone is having a Christmas in July sale, which usually brings Christmas spirit to peak at the wrong time of the...

The Slant: Recognizing Authenticity

“…There’s a world where I can go and tell my secrets to. In this world I lock out all my worries and my fears, Do my dreaming and my scheming, lie awake and pray. Do my crying and my sighing, laugh at yesterday. Now it’s dark and I’m alone, but I won’t be...
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