Good Intentions “L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et desires.” (Hell is full of good wishes and desires).” –St Bernard of Clairvaux. Over the weekend I received this Facebook message: Hey, I just added you to the group “Fight the Social Host Ordinance”. We have plenty of high-schoolers ready to speak against the illogicalities […]
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Tennis Courts and House Parties “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and you’re going to need a bigger jail.” Laguna Beach resident, Glenn. Glenn Rogers explained a joint committee meeting of the Laguna Beach school board and city recently with the above quote. He was there to address the issue of […]
Mutual Responsibility “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Abraham Lincoln. Last week a local friend called with a concern about potential energy drink abuse by his daughter. It wasn’t the brand that I’m affiliated with but it led to a productive conversation that I thought was worth […]
Let’s Get Weird “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” Dr. Seuss Laguna is a tolerant community with a history of supporting uniqueness. […]
“When is the surfboard menorah going to be up at Main Beach? I can’t wait!” Sarah Vanderveen.
Laguna has a great mix of festivities over the late-December holiday season. We’re just kicking off the eight days of Hanukah as I write this column, and Christmas isn’t far off. Weeks and weekends are crammed with homes to visit and gifts to give. It’s a time when you start to wonder if you have too many friends in such a small town.
The surfboard menorah is a highlight of the season for my wife, Sarah. She believes that she’s Jewish somewhere in her ancestry and also just loves the unique way that the Chabad Jewish Center celebrates Chanukah publicly with lighted surfboard art at the beach.
Cooperation “Cooperation is the new competition.” GrowersFirst.com Our family just returned from an epic adventure in Honduras with the Laguna Beach-based non-profit Growers First. The trip involved working with rural coffee farmers, visiting Mayan ruins in Copan and exploring the reefs and islands around Roatan. My favorite observation was seeing how neighbors work […]
Getting Past Veneers What would it have been like to live in Laguna Beach 100 years ago? The idea of an undeveloped coastal town is idyllic: abundant open space, a pristine Pacific teeming with sea life and a slower pace. I’m writing this column as I travel to Honduras with two Laguna families, […]
Occupy Laguna The news seems to be full of updates on the Occupy Wallstreet protestors and the related occupations going on around the USA. Living in Laguna can make it hard to feel the pain of protestors in New York. Today was a perfect fall day for me in Southern California and money […]
Getting Along “Can’t we all just get along?” Rodney King. A law-abiding, tax-paying citizen relayed his frustration to me about a junior officer who exercised his positional leadership with the Laguna Beach Police Department ahead of all decent common sense last weekend. It’s hard for me to grasp why someone walking out […]
A Moveable Feast “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast,” Ernest Hemingway This week felt like Laguna in Paris. My wife, Sarah and I traveled with […]
Who’d have thought you had to come to Grand Rapids to become a famous artist in New York?” Glenn Rogers, on location at ArtPrize last week.
Local entrepreneur and tennis legend Glenn Rogers and I were in Grand Rapids, Mich., last week for business and happened on one of the world’s largest art contests with the richest purse. Who would have thought you had to travel to the heartland to find it? It sparked some thoughts on expanding Laguna’s art horizons.
“ABC Wide World of Sports did a five minute segment on the Aquathon in 1996 finding it one of the new “extreme sports.” Aside from this minor slip, we have been successful in keeping the event out of the press. For example, Sports Illustrated asked for rights to cover the event in 1999. Permission was […]
A Contest of Our Own “With Labor Day quickly approaching, I wanted to put out the very real possibility early that the 50th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic could happen this weekend. There was a very powerful swell generated in the Southern Hemisphere last week, and it is heading our way…there will be no […]
Exporting Laguna Love Picking up a new custom surfboard is still one of my favorite material experiences. Perfect glass, tinted resin, so many fin choices these days. The tools we ride are truly pieces of art. It’s even more exciting when I’m bringing that art overseas to share with another culture. Tom […]
Music in the Park “We are spirits in the material world.” The Police. Music in the Park is something that I hadn’t experienced. The shows aren’t a big secret. Maybe because of the crowds or because our kids don’t hang out in parks anymore, I had never gone before. That was a mistake. […]