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Author Archive for Catherine Cooper

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Beaches vs. Homeowners

Beaches vs. Homeowners

The effects of rising seawater conjure images of Bangladesh and Greece’s Kriti Islands – places destined to disappear by the end of the century under encroachment of the sea.  But what about here in Laguna?  What might a one-foot rise mean for our beaches? A three-foot rise?  At what point do preventative mechanisms to protect […]

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The Jewel at Our Feet

The Jewel at Our Feet

By Catherine Cooper Who in Laguna does not love the ocean? Every week thousands of us – residents and tourists alike – stroll the beaches, bathe in the sun, swim or surf, or simply congregate on sea walls and decks to watch an evening’s sunset. The Pacific is like our homing beacon. She rings our city’s western […]

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The Solace of the Sea

The Solace of the Sea

When I turned 60, I took up surfing. This might seem counter-intuitive. A silver haired woman in the line up with the groms while all my friends started knitting or playing cards.  But life as I had known it had imploded, and layering on an oversized challenge seemed oddly logical. I was in a small Mexican fishing […]

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You Can’t Go Home Again

You Can’t Go Home Again

Old-timers, as I suppose I can now consider myself, like to grouse about how wonderful Laguna used to be and how much it has changed.  In the spirit of Thomas Wolfe’s novel, “You Can Never Go Home Again,” it’s interesting to note how the passage of time has both held character and altered it forever. […]

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12 Things You Can Do for Laguna in ‘14

12 Things You Can Do for Laguna in ‘14

2013 has slunk away and 2014 has slipped into place.  Everyone has or is making a set of resolutions or goals for the year – a list of things to attain and achieve.  In the midst of resolution setting, I’m offering up an additional idea: make a list of things you can do for your […]

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Checking In: A Sense of Place

Checking In: A Sense of Place

True to it’s roots as an artist colony, and in spite of the loss of support of the Laguna Art Museum, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPALA) kicked off their annual Invitational on Sunday with a paint-off at Treasure Island Park. Forty of the nation’s top plein air artists scattered across the cliff-face and beaches […]

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Checking In: Hold That Chainsaw, Please

Checking In: Hold That Chainsaw, Please

Let’s talk trees – since they seem to be the target of pending city legislation that will signal their doom. The recent elimination of towering ficus in the downtown area and the charge of the View Equity Committee to reduce any offending tree to 8’, strikes hard at the heart of our synergistic partners in […]

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Checking In: A Question of Sustainability

Checking In: A Question of Sustainability

The news this week that the C02levels surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) at the recording station on Mauna Loa, Hawaii, sent a ripple of distress through the scientific climate community. The monitoring later recanted, and said the measurement was really only 399.89 – while admitting that .11 ppm makes little difference. The last time there […]

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Checking In: Postscript to a Lament

Checking In: Postscript to a Lament

Re: Steve Kawaratani’s column (“A Parent’s Lament,” April 12 edition.)   You’ve seen them on the streets, the ones who talk to themselves.  The ones who scare you with foul language.  The ones you wish would just leave your beautiful town.  The homeless folks. The mentally ill. If they had cancer or a broken leg, you […]

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Checking In: Taking Part in Seachange

Checking In: Taking Part in Seachange

Some thoughts on the sea …Before us. Beneath us. Beyond us. The constancy. The changeability. The sea. We sit on the edge of the great Pacific Ocean, a community of the lucky ones to call the beachfront our home. It’s our western boundary, our Laguna blue belt. Often, we take her for granted. She’s just there, a welcome sight in […]

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Checking In: Laying Claim to the Best Beach

Checking In: Laying Claim to the Best Beach

Aside from art, restaurants, and pricey real estate, Laguna is all about its beaches. We are blessed with a rugged coastline broken up into segments of small coves, the wide horseshoe of Main Beach, and short runs of white sand from Cleo Street down to Pearl Street. Beaches on the north end are named for their […]

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Laying Claim to the Best Beach

Laying Claim to the Best Beach

Aside from art, restaurants, and pricey real estate, Laguna is all about its beaches. We are blessed with a rugged coastline broken up into segments of small coves, the wide horseshoe of Main Beach, and short runs of white sand from Cleo Street down to Pearl Street. Beaches on the north end are named for their […]

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Checking In

Checking In

Summer in the Dog House   Summer time and the living is easy …unless you are a dog in Laguna Beach, in which case, you are banned from the sandy shoreline from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from June 15 until Sept. 11. Buster, my mixed breed rescue buddy, doesn’t like this regulation at all. […]

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Checking In

Checking In

Social Media & Hometown Connections   My last column, “The Changing Face of a Hometown,” brought full circle the power of social media to connect. Friend sent to friends, who sent to friends, who sent to their alumni lists. Lagunans like to stay connected and want to remember the sweetness of growing up in our small town. […]

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Checking In

Checking In

The Changing Face of a Hometown   Laguna has been the place that I’ve called home since 1956.  My father bought a vintage farmhouse on the top of Ledroit Lane and dragged his wife and children to live with a constant view of the ocean.  I was hooked on the village atmosphere of the town […]