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Touched by Grace

Touched by Grace

  The Present and the Future have agreed to a blind date. They each have considerable charisma and are highly regarded as substantial within their individual circle of friends. Therefore, it was fated that one of their mutual friends, Grace, who was blessed with the ability to see potentially potent possibilities in unlikely places, would […]

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Touched by Grace

Touched by Grace

     The Present and the Future have agreed to a blind date. They each have considerable charisma and are highly regarded as substantial within their individual circle of friends. Therefore, it was fated that one of their mutual friends, Grace, who was blessed with the ability to see potentially potent possibilities in unlikely places, […]

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Appreciation for Shedding Light on Good Work

Appreciation for Shedding Light on Good Work

Editor, I would like to express my gratitude for Susan Velasquez’ column (“Where Faith and Community Meet,” Sept. 20) on the Interfaith Council meeting. It is good to know so many people from our churches in Laguna are dedicated to helping our homeless friends in so many ways. One of the highlights of my Christmas […]

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Wisdom Workout: An Unanticipated Outcome

Wisdom Workout: An Unanticipated Outcome

  Yes, I am still grateful to Skype for giving me the opportunity to watch the development of my newest granddaughter, who was born in New Zealand and currently lives in Islamabad, Pakistan. She is almost 6 months old now. Finally, Sara and Aroha arrived for a visit. I reached out to hug them both […]

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Praise for Columnist

Praise for Columnist

Editor, I loved Susan Velasquez’ column today (“A Season for Change,” Arts, May 10 edition). Had my name, the band concert, the Laguna Tunes, the Healthy Girls Festival and all the news of each expressed so well. I think her writing is exquisite and I look forward to reading what she says and the way […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Creating A Social Future   My eldest daughter, Lisa, shared a profound insight about the differing parenting experiences between herself and her sister Jennica. “Mom, I realize that I have been a lazy parent in a lot of ways, simply because I could get away with it since my children fall within the ‘norm’ in […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Slip-Sliding Away   My mother is in her 90th year and lives in Houston, Tex. Three weeks ago, she had her appendix removed, spent three days in intensive care and seven more in the hospital regaining her ability to breathe without a ventilator. From there, she was moved to a skilled nursing facility where she […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Problem Express The topic of how to care without becoming overwhelmed by problems that aren’t yours has surfaced more than a few times in my consulting work lately. Let’s take a look at this common dilemma. Check and see if you are being held hostage by your capacity to care. Caring about others is […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Ways of Seeing I moved to Laguna Beach back in 1986 because this is a small town with big opportunities for involvement in a community lifestyle. This week, I stopped by the Wyland Gallery and met someone new to me. Krissie Marriner is a beautiful woman with a sparkling smile. She wore a bright purple […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

 Stepping Courageously into the Future The Laguna Beach Woman’s Club, located on St. Ann’s Drive, is in a creative mode. They’ve added a free monthly speaker series. The events are both free and easy. No long night meetings or early morning appointments. No expensive lunch dates. The intent of this noon meet-up that happens on […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Exercising Your Own Voice My friend of 38 years came to stay with me. She needed to get away from home. She is 90 and recently had a mild stroke. Though the damage done is almost imperceptible, she has had to do physical and speech therapies to regain the mental and physical strength lost. All […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Funeral Divas Just Want To Have Fun By Susan McNeal Velasquez On March 27, my Aunt Marie died at age 89. She lived in New York City and had Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband was her sole caregiver. As death approached, many decisions had to be made, and I became his long-distance partner. It has been […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Funeral Divas Just Want To Have Fun On March 27, my Aunt Marie died at age 89. She lived in New York City and had Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband was her sole caregiver. As death approached, many decisions had to be made, and I became his long-distance partner. It has been an intense experience of […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Your Friendship Quotient “Life without a friend is death without a witness.” (Rose Macaulay-1928) A benefit of living in Laguna is the easy involvement opportunities like the L.B. Woman’s Club or the American Association of University Women (AAUW), to name just two. There are over 150 non-profit organizations contributing to our community. Why not jump […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Plain Speaking Mark Dressler, a drama teacher extraordinaire who has supplied leadership for the drama programs at Laguna Beach schools for many years, took the time to write a note to the editor in response to my column of a few weeks ago about the “Think It Over” parenting project at Thurston Middle School. As […]