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Taking Stock

March Came In Like A Bull March came in like a lion or, more accurately, like a bull. After a discouraging start to the year, stocks are behaving as if “seldom is heard a discouraging word.” Last week, the European Central Bank announced an interest rate cut and other aggressive...

Village Matters

  Sixth Sense The phrase, “I see retired people,” seems to be on the minds of writers wanting to blame someone or some group for stopping what they consider to be progress. Maybe the description “old timers” or “older generation” or “seniors” are substituted for “retired,”...

Shore Scene

Wandering Whimbrel Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) are still being spotted in several coves in Laguna Beach and this may be your last chance to observe them before they leave for their summer breeding grounds. A distinctive bird, the whimbrel is a large shorebird that can reach 19...

Guest Column

  St Patrick’s Day     A leprechaun always visited our house on St. Patrick’s Day. This holiday is celebrated by the Irish, honoring Saint Patrick for running all the snakes out of Ireland, an island that had no snakes to begin with. One might say the Irish may...

Pet Peeves

Up in Smoke I write silly. I’d rather write serious. After seeing “Spotlight” take the Oscar as best picture, I’ve decided to try investigative reporting. I started in earnest right after the Governors Ball party. I awoke Tuesday morning draped in the same slinky red neckline...

Taking Stock

The Seven-Year Itch Seven years ago on March 6, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a low of 6,443. Three weeks later, it was up 1,500 points. The bull market continued, clearing 18,000 in 2015, before sagging as it stumbled into 2016, closing at 15,660 on February 11. A...

Pet Peeves

TOW Heads I told my wife the other day that we’re not sending our child to Top of The World Elementary. She said, “I hope not. You’re 63 years old. It would be an embarrassment to go with you to teacher/parent conferences.” I gave her my best “you hurt my feelings” look. I lashed...

Heart Talk

If You Can Keep Your Head My friend recently said, “Jim, come on, your columns are too serious, dealing with personal loss and societal problems. You need to lighten up.” A tennis partner added, “You make snide comments about Newport Beach so often they just might take it too...

The Kibitzer

The Great Skateboard Diaspora “At this point in time there is no location for a skate park,” said Michele Hall, head of the skate park sub-committee (of the Parks and Recreation Committee), to Council on Feb 9. Council agreed. So that’s it. Just like that. No skateboard park in...
Posted On 03 Mar 2016

Wisdom Workout

Rock-a-Bye Babies It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I am currently the grandmother of 10 and a great-grandmother of two. Even more, being a grandmother in this technologically intense world means more face time on Skype or Facebook so that I can access current...

Taking Stock

Floodtide Finally, the stock market showed some sustained momentum for the first time this year. “The winter of our discontent” is over; whether the newly reestablished uptrend will lead to the “glorious summer” foretold in those opening lines from Richard III is uncertain. The...

Village Matters

Full up “Oh, to be a newlywed with an empty apartment!” I found myself saying as my niece told me about her upcoming wedding. I am happy for her in more ways than one. Not only is she embarking on a lifetime journey with the love of her life, but she and her future husband get to...

Musings on the Coast

The Future Is Now It is 1994. California Republican Gov. Pete Wilson is running for re-election. He is losing. His challenger is Democratic state Treasurer Kathleen Brown. Kathleen is scary smart, beautiful, articulate and more: she is part of the illustrious Brown family...
Posted On 26 Feb 2016

Pet Peeves

Laguna Medley I read the Indy cover to cover. I think I’m a better person for it. My wife agrees. She says the Indy gives her a break from me. She needs her alone time. So, let’s be real quiet while my wife re-finds her center. In the meantime, allow me to regale readers with...

Taking Stock

A Turning Of The Tide Recent stock market action is raising hopes that the severe stock correction this year may be coming to an end. It takes time to rebuild a base for a renewed uptrend but I am reminded of Mr. Churchill saying after the battle of El Alamein. “Now this is not...