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Archive for December, 2012

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Harmony in Hell

Harmony in Hell

By Arnold Silverman   As we head into the Christmas season, I am reminded of an event that occurred in December of 1952, one of the “buried” stories that the old memory seems to be churning up recently (is the old bod telling me something?). It confirmed for me, in spite of any secular leanings […]

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An Englishman Recalls Holly Hunting in Hampshire

An Englishman Recalls Holly Hunting in Hampshire

By Malcolm Warner   Christmas in my wife’s family in Chicago really looks like Christmas. Everyone’s happy to see the snow. There are big Christmas trees with an abundance of presents underneath, stockings hanging from the mantelpiece, feasts, carols, candlelight church services, readings by family members of “The Night Before Christmas.” The traditions are, well, […]

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A Red Christmas

A Red Christmas

By Susan Jacob, Ph.D.   Forest Park is still beautiful, 30 years after the St. Louis World’s Fair, especially when covered in snow. The air was fresh with the scent of pines, clear, cold and exhilarating. Red and his twin cousins were as playful as three large puppies, mixing football with a snowball fight. Unexpectedly, […]

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Riding Back in Time and Finding Hope

Riding Back in Time and Finding Hope

By Marni Magda   We moved to California after my father was killed in action in Korea in 1951. From then until 1963 Christmas vacation was a 2,200-mile drive across the United States to Louisville, Ky., to share the holidays with my grandparents. I could almost smell grandma’s fried chicken and milk gravy as we […]

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Musings on the Coast: The Christmas Present

Musings on the Coast: The Christmas Present

When I was a kid, my family lived in old Corona del Mar and opened presents on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas morning.  It was a tradition from Kansas, where my folks came of age in the Great Depression.  We never got elaborate presents. They were small and inexpensive.  Anything else would have been deemed […]

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Summoning the Season’s Magic

Summoning the Season’s Magic

By Justin Swanson | LB INDY   Families of 25 disadvantaged pre-school children gathered at the Boys and Girls Club last Friday, Dec. 21, to participate in the joy of opening presents presented by the Laguna Beach Police Department . A part of the 15-year tradition shared by the club and police department, the children […]

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Investors Selling Aliso Creek Inn

Investors Selling Aliso Creek Inn

Local resident and sports retailer Mark Christy is believed to lead in investor group buying Laguna Beach’s Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course from its current owner, private investors that deep-sixed an ambitious plan to remake the flood-prone property into a high-end conference center and spa fringed by tee-close homes amid the recession in 2009. […]

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Carrying the Flag for Obama in Florida

Carrying the Flag for Obama in Florida

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Candidate Barack Obama’s exhortations worked a compact crowd into a frenzy at New York City’s Washington Square Park in September 2007. He smiled and acknowledged his newfound supporters and stood most presidentially, offering those within earshot a reason to hope, to experience something eminently special. His words profoundly […]

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Offering Up a Special Literary Menu

Offering Up a Special Literary Menu

Bite-sized chunks of writing to whet your brain’s appetite.   Edited by Christine Fugate & Sally Eastwood   On the Menu: Appetizers: “Canaries for Christmas” by Adele Kopecky “Lost In Translation: Christmas” by Sally Eastwood “Career Change” by Angela Breslow   Entrees: “Butterfly Kisses at Christmas” by Amy Bazuin-Yoder, Ph.D. “Christmas in Paradise” by Katrin […]

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Finding Faith

Finding Faith

By Susan Dodge Kuiper   There is another life, one of utter happiness and joy, of valuing the simple, yet meaningful.  After many seasons of semi-elaborate Christmases, much planning, a bit of stress and big relief afterwards, I had a turning point. It all started at Norm’s. All six of us were hungry.  Getting six […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

It Was a Good Year Heading toward 2013, stocks can look back to a decent performance in 2012. Despite still unresolved issues on how to rein in scheduled tax increases and spending cuts, the stock market is ahead 13% this year on the S&P 500 index. The market was flat for 2011 although it accelerated […]

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Mrs. Schlobaum’s Christmas Cookies

Mrs. Schlobaum’s Christmas Cookies

By Liz Zuercher   It starts with my husband, Gary, asking me to make Springerles, the German anise cookies his childhood neighbor, Mrs. Schlobaum, used to make.  Innocently, I agree. Year One Two days before Christmas I realize the cookies must mellow in an airtight container for two weeks. I abandon the project. Year Two […]

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Canaries for Christmas

Canaries for Christmas

By Adele Kopecky The hot water gushing into the dishpan prevented Marie from hearing Gino enter the apartment.  She started when he kissed her on the back of the neck, but recovered to turn and throw her arms around him. “I didn’t expect you home so soon—no waiting at the barbershop?” “I didn’t get my […]

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Lost in Translation – Christmas

Lost in Translation – Christmas

By Sally Eastwood   It’s December and the holiday season is upon us.  Ah, the holidays: time of year that the U.S. and my home country, Britain, share common themes with different traditions.  Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July obviously have no counterparts across the pond.  Likewise, Guy Fawkes Day doesn’t mean anything here. (Don’t […]