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Opinion: Village Matters

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Hints of the truth By Ann Christoph My cousin Kristie Hemenway wrote me a surprise email this week, “the quarantine has given me a little extra...

Opinion: Musings on the Coast

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Zooming the City Council As some of you may be aware, the Laguna Beach City Council now “Zooms” its meetings.   This was necessary because...

Opinion: Musings on the Coast

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What is Happening to Me? In a recent column, I wrote about trying to drown myself by stupidly swimming out during big surf and getting...

Pet Peeves

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Bedfellows Politics make for strange bedfellows. That’s why I keep waking up alone. I can’t fall asleep with all the jabbering. So, I read with...

Heart Talk

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Are We Becoming More Ignorant? Maybe we dont see it in Laguna Beach. After all, look at us. Of residents over 25, 97% have graduated...

Mothering Heights: The Miss List

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When I was growing up, I didn’t have any famous female role models. Of course, I wanted to help people like my social worker...

The Kibitzer

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Love Trumps Hate What a weekend! In case you didn’t hear, there was a protest at Main Beach. A few people showed up. Couple of...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

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Memories From a New Family “Two households, both alike in dignity,” our son quoted to the Beautiful Wife and me in welcome. He was too...

Green Light

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When Ideology Trumps Facts In the ongoing, fractious city council election, Lagunans have been jolted by Jon Madison’s inability to validate implausible, phony academic achievements....

Heart Talk

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A Place of Healing and Warmth “Good morning James, what can we do for you?” This is not the type of greeting that most patients...

Opinion: What You See Is What You Get

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Resolutions for the new year are an accepted tradition that jumpstarts positive change in our personal lives. Another technique can be used to increase...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout 

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Self-Actualization  In my Catholic grammar school, the nuns would ask a question, and there would be frantic hand-waving and raised voices repeating: "Sister, Sister, Sister"...

Pet Peeves

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City’s Histrionic Register A property rights debate flared up at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The council tried to close the 1993...

Finding Meaning

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The Good Rabbi To better understand the Jewish High Holy Days, which started at sunset on Sept. 9, I went to see Rabbi Elimelech Goorevitch...

The Kibitzer

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Let Laguna Chill Have you heard about the new grass-roots organization that has formed in Laguna? It’s not Let Laguna Vote, or Canyon Alliance of...