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Holiday Digest: Thanksgiving Story

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By Amy Schwarzstein-Capron The number three is my favorite number. It’s my magic number in numerology, and I am the youngest of three, and I...

Opinion: Finding Meaning 

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An Impulsive Side Trip  It started with a roof leak in an easy-to-ignore overhanging edge. Years passed, a tribute to my procrastination skill, and then...

Holiday Digest: Holiday Treasure  

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By Norma Sadler Somehow it became routine for me to go with Barbara, my best friend from Whittier High School to Laguna Beach during the...

The Slant: Be a Good Holiday Host

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The holidays are here. This time of year I often get asked questions about how to make one’s home look good during the holidays....

Opinion: It’s always darkest before the dawn

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By Billy Fried The Nazis were back in town this week, waving their freak flag. Last time, it was a Main Beach rally – where...

Pet Peeves: Initiatives

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By Mark D. Crantz   Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but oh no, there are initiatives.  Earth Day.  Kelp Day.  Wellness Initiative.  Here are...

Holiday Digest: Finding Happy

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Editor’s Note: The Independent is proud to continue its partnership with the Third Street Writers in publishing holiday-inspired stories by Orange County authors. By David...

Opinion: This is where we live – the process

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By Hunter Fuentes and Jon Stordahl  We’ve all heard tales about lucky people who accidentally stumble across a buried treasure. In 1991, a man purchased...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

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Swiss Days in Midway “Are you going to clean up those horse droppings?” You have to be on your toes when the Beautiful Wife asks...

Opinion: Random Guy Noticing Stuff

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By Gary Stewart Imagine being on a 61-foot-long vessel in the midst of the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean with no engine, no compass, no sextant,...

Taking Stock

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The Reality And The Noise After stumbling earlier this fall, the stock market resumed its uptrend. The aftermath of the elections spurred rumors that stocks...

Taking Stock

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Syria And Stocks The prospects of military action brought on by events in Syria sobered the stock market. Beyond the human costs inherent in any...

Opinion: Green Light 

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Laguna’s French Connection is Hot, Très Chaude!  The late August temperature in the coastal city of Menton, Laguna’s French sister city, is 91 degrees Fahrenheit....

Opinion: At the Beach, In the Water, Having Fun 

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By Annlia Hill Late night and early morning low clouds and fog along the coast, aka May Gray and June Gloom. It has been this...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout 

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Open and Soften Your Vision  I think at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most...