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Taking Stock

Tune In May And Stay To Play In recent months, it has not been easy to make money in stocks. Actually, it never is although strong market surges can create that impression for a while. Such bouts of optimism often pull in the unwary just in time for the next downward dip. In...

The Kibitzer

The Real OGs of OC The Newport Beach Film Festival concluded its 17th year, and I salute our neighbors to the north for a job well done. They may not have our scenery or soul, but they have plenty of parking, plus movie screens to exhibit over 350 films from 50 countries. There’s...
Posted On 05 May 2016

Guest Column

Mother’s Day Memories By Sara Nuss-Galles  Mother’s Day was a complicated time in my childhood. My mother had survived World War II in Europe, and she had difficulty taking joy in life. For me, Mother’s Day was an opportunity to heal my mother’s pain and make her happy....

Shore Scene

Secrets of a Special Scallop Although one has not been allowed to remove shells from the beach in Laguna for many years, finding a shell gives one the opportunity to learn about a particular creature in our ecosystem. One of the larger and, at least on the outside, duller shells...

Pet Peeves

Timberrr Under a spreading Eucalyptus tree The village wordsmith stands; The smith, a wimpy man is he, With small and delicate hands; And the muscle of his unused arms Are limp as noodle bands.   His hair is sparse, white, and long His face shows many cheers; His brow is wet...

Taking Stock

Gaining Altitude  Stocks continue their slow climb to altitude. They are fighting persisting headwinds from worries about China, tighter Federal Reserve policies, weak economic growth and collapsing prices of oil and other commodities. The sluggish growth stems back to the...

Wisdom Workout

Growing children is one of the most intuitive, non-linear experiences possible. Being a mother is a heart task. The wheel of love starts its never-ending spin the moment our body chemistry begins to change to accommodate the new guest. Anticipation, excitement, future planning,...

Pet Peeves

^ Prince died and we lost a king. His music contribution was greater than any other. It is said that his unpublished work could produce an album a year for the next 100 years. His fans call the place of this work the vault. I keep my unpublished work in a vault, the toilet. I’m...

Village Matters

A Fuss Over Sweet Rewards From the way some of my recent efforts in the kitchen have turned out, you would never guess that I was recognized as my high school’s “Betty Crocker Future Homemaker of the Year.” That was in the days before building self-esteem in students was even...

Heart Talk

Meet, Not Meat I have lived in Laguna Beach since 2001, though many old time residents still consider me new to town. I have tried hard to become a part of the place my heart has embraced. Purchasing things from local artists, taking classes at the Susi Q Center, reading at open...

The Kibitzer

No Pot Monopolies When I read the full ballot Initiative to overturn the city’s prohibition on medical marijuana dispensaries, sponsored by locals Corey Aufhammer and Elizabeth Toomey, all I could think of was, “what were they smoking?” Did they really believe that on the...
Posted On 21 Apr 2016

Guest column

Chop, Chop, Chop: Charoses Traditions   Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, mine was the only lunch bag that trailed matzo crumbs. On first coming to America we lived in a non-Jewish immigrant neighborhood so I had no friends with whom to compare seder rituals. Despite this,...

Taking Stock

Earnings Coming Through  The stock market seems to be accepting that spring is really here. Improving earnings reports are boosting the upbeat tempo. Last quarter, companies many squeezed out a small beat on earnings while missing on revenues. Accompanying comments used words...

Pet Peeves

Art Star Hack It was meant to be a joyous night for the Art Star Awards this past April 3. Unfortunately, residents held invitations from the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts. These invitations were voided when the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts changed the name to Laguna...

Musings on the Coast

Who Keeps Defiling Sacred Ground? In 2011, Laguna Beach dedicated a 9/11 memorial designed by Laguna’s own Jorg Dubin. The location was near the American flag stand in Heisler Park and more than 2,000 people attended the dedication. Members of the New York City Fire Department...
Posted On 15 Apr 2016