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Opinion: Wisdom Workout

Are You Receptive? Intuition is called our sixth sense. It is the ability to synthesize the impressions we receive from our five senses and it is achieved by being receptive.    Receptivity requires letting down our guard, seeing with new eyes and fine-tuning our hearing to begin to listen for the...

Opinion: Musings on the Coast

Feeling Stupid in a Rip Current During the last month, the ocean waters have turned seasonally warm and unseasonably, big waves have rolled in almost after day. When they do, our beaches are quite dangerous. Two Sundays ago, I watched the lifeguard at Diver’s Cove rescue 25 tourists in three...

Opinion: Village Matters

The Eyes are the Windows of the Soul Windows reveal the soul of the house. Original windows of older Laguna Beach homes not only confirm the age of the dwelling but the craftsmanship and care that went into its construction. They say, “I have integrity. I have protected and sheltered generations....

Opinion: Green Light

A Good Night for Laguna and Clean Power On July 13, our City Council voted unanimously to move forward and possibly join with the other 200 California towns, cities, and counties that have opted to run on clean electricity. So far, four Orange County cities have made that decision: Irvine,...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

A Trip to Eureka, Utah My last surviving uncle, he’s 95, called with an urgent request. Would I travel to Eureka, Utah and clean up his grandparents’ cemetery plot? Eureka, now a mining ghost town, was a milestone on our family journey. Because we were in Midway, Utah, I asked...

Opinion: Outside In

Adrift in the Doldrums By David Weinstein The Dog Days of Summer are upon us. I always thought that this expression came from the South, and I picture a lazy hound dog sleeping up under an expansive porch out of the sun while the residents above fan themselves and sip on...

Opinion: Musings on the Coast

How Tribes Define Our Reality There is a new theory gaining traction within socio-anthropological circles about gossip and tribes. In early humans, language skills quickly turned to gossipy communications just like today. The theory holds that the gossip really is an exchange of information about the environment, danger areas, good...

Opinion: Left of Center

A Republican Speaks for Left of Center By Dan Ardell and Jean Hastings Ardell On July 6, Democrat Harley Rouda, our congressman from 2018 to 2020, spoke to the Laguna Beach Democratic Club about his campaign to again represent the 48th Congressional District. I report this with some trepidation, as I’m...

Opinion: More Tourists, Please

Since I posted my “Here Comes the Stampede” column about the elitist, anti-tourism movement here in town, some of the usual trolls have come out to school me on how tourists exploit us, cost us a fortune, and ruin our joie de vivre. So allow me to put some...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

The Crooked Timber of Mankind The proof of a religion is found in its ability to help people improve, to make the bad good and the good better. It’s my privilege to attend Laguna’s churches and with all their differences I’m most intrigued by one measure—how they help people improve,...