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Eavesdrops

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A Slice of Necessity I asked Mom why she Always cuts off the end of the Ham before baking both pieces at Thanksgiving?   She said it’s what Grandma...

‘Woods’ Rises to Another Level

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Editor, "Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor."                                 Cinderella - "Into the Woods"   The current LBHS production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is an absolute triumph....

Village Matters

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Counting Tree Time “Are you trying to save the trees?” a neighbor asked as I stood on Bluebird Canyon Drive looking at the five Eucalyptus...

The Plant Man

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Defined by Its Trees  “I’m back in the saddle again” –Gene Autry   I believe it was the scent of the Eucalyptus that imprinted one of my earliest...

Wisdom Workout

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Slip-Sliding Away   My mother is in her 90th year and lives in Houston, Tex. Three weeks ago, she had her appendix removed, spent three days...

Green Light

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A Robust Recovery  As Lagunans await implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act along our coast, an exciting announcement went out two months ago from...

Fresh Living

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Can you lose weight while you sleep? Can you grow younger while you slumber? This may sound like a dream (excuse the pun) and just too good to be true but think again.

Culture Karma

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s long as the human race has created art there have been patrons of the arts. From the first patrons of feudal Japan to the Medici of Florence or the Warburgs and Guggenheims of New York, certain families are ubiquitous and generous. Laguna is no exception.

McWeather or Not

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It’s that time again, back to the Dark Ages. No, I don’t mean the last administration, I mean the one where you have to turn on the lights by 5:15. Tonight the sun sets at 4:55 p.m., only 15 minutes away from our earliest sunset of the year which at this latitude is 4:40 p.m. from Dec. 8-10. From now until Jan. 9 the sun will set before 5 p.m. The second Sunday of next March will see a return to Daylight Savings Time.

Local Currents

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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...

Taking Stock

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Risk On, Risk Off   Wall Street loves jargon; its latest is “Risk on” or “Risk off” to label daily market swings. This is really only...

Village Matters

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Perhaps one day we will look back on this period since 2008 wistfully, as the time we gained a new and better perspective. Discredited were the institutions we relied on to keep our country stable. The economy that depended on growth and building more outrageously expensive houses stopped making any sense. Personal tragedies abounded. Sad and frightening tales, losses of homes and jobs, were the result of an economic “adjustment.”

McWeather or Not

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It’s Halloween and McWeather hasn’t changed his costume for years, actually doesn’t even need one. He looks scary enough as it is!

Local Currents

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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...

Taking Stock

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The Signal From Europe The latest attempts by European leaders to rescue their continent from its debt crisis are encouraging but not conclusive. This is...