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Guest Opinion: A Neighborhood with Klass

By Bob Borthwick Laguna is a town of many unique neighborhoods. Some are larger, like Top of the World, and some are smaller, like Canyon Acres or Woods Cove. Every one of them has stories. My neighborhood is Brooks Street, and this is the story of one of its original...

Finding Meaning: Groundhog Day, Again

I had a great time last Sunday—attending three Laguna churches. Started at Laguna Presbyterian, with its historic sanctuary nicely restored. I then popped in at St. Francis by the Sea, with its cozy jewel box chapel. Finally, I attended St. Mary's Episcopal, with its spirited pastor, the Rev. Mackenzie....

Wisdom Workout: Does Your Attitude Need an Upgrade?

Four ways we habitually approach our lives determine whether we operate as an energy drain or a vibrant participant in our day-to-day reality.  The essence of self-management is our ability to choose our attitudes and behaviors. You may define yourself as a 'make it happen' person. You face challenges daily...

Finding Meaning: The Things We Value

It’s not easy to own Laguna property. It can take decades of work to accumulate the necessary wealth. While reviewing Laguna’s 1940 Census, it caught my eye that a 23-year-old plumber and his wife, Bill and Phyllis Hudson, owned their own home at 33 N. La Senda Drive in...

Opinion: Village Matters – Of Moose and Men

"If you want a moose, you have to go where the moose are!" At last week's dinner honoring Toni Iseman, Hallie Jones revealed Toni's advice on finding a man--shared in a girl-to-girl conversation between serious agenda items related to preserving Laguna Canyon. But Hallie, the executive director of the...

Opinion: What The City Didn’t Tell You

By Michele Monda I attended the Jan. 10 City Council meeting and heard about the City's accomplishments. What the City didn't tell you were the many detrimental failures that affected residents.  Here are just a few: Buying the unusable Ti Amo site without an appraisal or a plan for its use....

Opinion: Green Light – Wood-burning Smoke is Deadly

By Tom Osborne  I've thought about and been dreading writing this particular column for years. At the risk of looking like a cantankerous killjoy, I finally decided I could not consider myself an environmental columnist without unmasking the ugly truth behind the wood-burning fires that bring us such comfort, especially...

Opinion: The Vesuvius of Laguna

I just finished reading two books about President Teddy Roosevelt, one by Susan Berfield, “The Hour of Fate,” and the other by Doris Kearns Goodwin, “The Bully Pulpit.” The two books note the ruling class hated Roosevelt. Oh, how they squealed when he took them on. He beat J.P. Morgan,...

Opinion: What You See Is What You Get

Resolutions for the new year are an accepted tradition that jumpstarts positive change in our personal lives. Another technique can be used to increase your personal power easily. It is your ability to visualize positive change by enlisting your imagination. Here is an example that requires you to be open...

Opinion: Babies Change the World

Last week’s “Finding Meaning” column remembering the late St. Catherine’s Parish School was adapted to a front-page general interest story, thus no column. Sorry. In researching the story, I was intrigued to learn how teachers, parents and students became an extended family in this “happiest place by the sea,”...