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Shoe Drive to Help Soles4Souls Fight Global Poverty

One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need, which is why Laguna Beach High School sophomore Jessie Rose has launched a shoe drive to collect 250 pair of new or gently used shoes. The shoes that Rose collects will be...

Retired Army Colonel to Speak on ‘Perpetual Wars’

The World Affairs Council of Orange County (WACOC) invites the public to a dinner event and conversation with Chapman University professor and retired US Army Colonel Gregory A. Daddis. “Perpetual Wars: Lessons Learned from the 50th Anniversary of Nixon’s War in Vietnam,” will...

Designer to Celebrate Grand Opening Jan. 17

  The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce invites the community to the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for Julie Laughton Design Build on Thursday, Jan. 17. Laughton has been in business 27 years and has a new location at 247 A. Forest Avenue. A graduate of Iowa...

Limelight

Art & Nature Raises the Bar

Slender and 10-feet tall, the four-sided posts shone in the sunlight, reflecting the moods of the ocean and hillsides and at evening dramatically mirrored cloud banks and at least one brilliant sunset. Come darkness, they mirrored staccato bursts of light coming from car...

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Obituaries

Ann Richardson

Ann Caroline Grover Richardson passed away peacefully on October 30, 2018, in the company of her loving husband John and her adoring children, at her home in Laguna Beach, California. Ann was born on May 1, 1937, in Silver Spring, Maryland, to Esther and Wayne Grover. After...

David French

David French, designer craftsman specializing in exotic hardwoods and a 27-year veteran of the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully at his home in Mission Viejo, California on Friday, Oct. 5. David is survived by his wife of 38 years, Denise French, and...

Shirley Jean Shindler Dugger

Shirley Jean Shindler Dugger passed away on Monday, Sept. 3. Shirley was born and raised in San Diego, but being the daughter of a naval aviator, the service life took her family to Virginia, Florida and Panama while growing up. Shirley graduated from San Diego State University...

Columns

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals OLDER RETIRED GENTLEMAN who lives in a retirement community is looking for a youngish woman to help me with housework. If you can clean my smallish home twice a week, I will pay you $15 an hour for two hours’ worth of cleaning. #NotCheapMe SENIOR LADY with...

Does the Wet Suit You

Art in Public Places An image of Las Vegas can be conjured up by the woman with the “Please Help” sign. There she is, frail, sporting a fresh black eye, a split lip, with some teeth missing from her sweet smile. Waiting for cars to pass by on the bottom of the interstate...

Finding Meaning

Kids Doing Better Sometimes you bump into a subject so uplifting you just have to tell about it. This one’s about a sensitive topic—sex. It’s a wonderful thing, sex, but there are a few issues. Adolescents, for example, may be drawn to it before they have matured enough to...

Pet Peeves

Take Turns One of the first things I learned in elementary school—you have to take turns. Give everyone a chance. So, when I was called to the principal’s office, I always made some other kid go. My record is spotless and remains unsealed. I was surprised that the school board is...

Does the Wet Suit You

Viva El Paseo Harley Rouda, our new Democratic Party representative to Congress, had his first town hall meeting in Costa Mesa on Feb. 19. Orange County used to be so conservative that you couldn’t make a left turn. Three right turns were required instead. Now we’ve got a...

Finding Meaning

Spirituality and Lent It is the spiritual dimension that gives substance to the meaning of our lives. Spirituality is innate, it lies within us all—I’ve never known a person to deny their spirituality. The challenge, in the complexity of life, is to set aside time to cultivate...