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Pet Peeves

Catch and Release America’s got talent. Laguna’s got no talent left. So says an Indy article “Turn Over at City Hall.” I take umbrage. Hello, look at me. I’m tapping my head and rubbing my stomach at the same time. Not easy to do. Geez, if you still work for the city, you must...

Wisdom Workout

It’s About Timely     Time has developed the unsavory habit of speeding. In fact, I suspect it has been taking professional driving lessons and is using my weekdays as practice. It’s Monday and then about 20 hours later it’s Friday. This has been going on for quite a...

Taking Stock

A Turning Of The Tide  After tacking back and forth for over a year, the stock market finally broke out of a narrow channel into a new uptrend. Its duration depends on a number of factors, most immediately the Federal Reserve meeting in June, but the renewal of upside vigor is...

Heart Talk

Dating Conversation     He would be hurt, probably angry, but she had to do what was right. Follow your head, not some old emotional baggage that had been weighing her down, holding her back. Conversation was approaching, a smile on his face as he neared the bench where they...

Village Matters

It’s a Jungle Out There Never before have I heard so many bird conversations in the Torrey pine across the street from us. We have a pair of Cooper’s hawks that must have a nest there. We’ve seen them eating their breakfast of some other fluffy bird on the branches high above our...

Pet Peeves

Divining Water Shtick I don’t believe in coincidence. I just read two Indy articles. One was “Schools Reject Fee Hikes on New Building.” The other one was “Water District Will Raise Rates.” In each article the number 27 appears. The schools are projecting a 27% rise in student...

The Kibitzer

The Agents of Stasis The Prohibitionists were out in force at the last Council meeting, squelching every parade, including test parklets, short-term rentals, medical marijuana dispensaries, and outdoor lighting at The Ranch. I’ll get to those last two at another time. This column...
Posted On 20 May 2016

Musings on the Coast

The Immigrant I continually have promised myself I will not write about frigging D. Trump. Or think about him. I promised myself and I will keep that promise. Instead I want to discuss my friend at the local cove, George. He is about 50, fit, more than well off, and of a humor...
Posted On 19 May 2016

Pet Peeves

Piglet in a Parklet I’m excited about the new parklet on Forest Avenue. Finally, I can park my car inside the restaurant. That was the trade off. Twenty diners now sit outside and bake. My car parks inside and doesn’t bake. These are trade offs that make for a great community....

Following the Money

Pick Your Flavor Don’t you hate it when you are craving ice cream, but all that’s offered is strawberry or vanilla. Well the city of Laguna Beach is about to offer you a selection of flavors. It’s called the 2016 Community Survey and $35,000 in public funds will be spent on...

Village Matters

Obstacles to Being on Foot Long time resident Hilde Keneley walks along the ocean side of Coast Highway in South Laguna twice a day with her dog Ginger. This is not an easy pleasant walk, with the speeding traffic on one side and walls and obstacles on the other. From her home...

Guest Column

The Council Has No Clothes We all know the story of the emperor who wears no clothes, but is admired nonetheless by an adoring, trusting public, mesmerized by politicians and their sway over them. That must be the case with our City Council.  We Lagunans generally assume council...

The Slant

Greetings and Prayers for Gelson’s Déjà vu — the feeling that you have already experienced something that is actually happening for the first time. Under the glare of the Walmart style fluorescent lights I ambled along. The clank of carts, smell of freshly hosed down...

Pet Peeves

Hold It You’ll just have to hold it until we figure out which bathroom you can use. Readers shouldn’t bother raising their hand for permission to go, either. Nobody goes until we flush out an answer. Holding it includes bullies out there. There’s an emergency moratorium on giving...

Wisdom Workout

A Bright Idea   Have you ever wished you could find an easy way to actualize your cherished dreams and goals? Do you try to protect yourself from self-criticism and disappointment if your results fall short of what you expected? Do you think you will ever reach the place...