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Social Harmony “What if we pursued this connection [sister cities] between Shibuya and Laguna Beach?” John Parker, president, Amway Japan.   Shibuya is one of the main city centers in Tokyo, Japan, where Amway Japan owns a prominent office building. Just a couple of days...

Village Matters

Rejoice; people want to be involved! A woman came up to the microphone in an almost empty council chambers.  It was near midnight. Council members were tired, but this was time for public communication. I was a council member in the 1990s and at that time we scheduled public...

Taking Stock

Climb Every Mountain As a mountain path gains height, it usually gets narrower. Two years ago on March 6, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average bottomed out at 6,443. Two weeks ago, revolutions in the Middle East prompted panicked selling but the Dow held above 12,000 and needs...

McWeather or Not

March Madness! The calendar says it’s March, but the thermometer isn’t hearing any of that. With ice in the canyon on Sunday morning, a high Sunday of only 56, snow levels down to 1500 feet in some areas and ocean temps down to 52 to 54 degrees, it sounds a lot like January to...

Local Currents

Risk and Safety “One percent of the population has the physical and mental ability to become an ocean lifeguard. Making the tryouts is an accomplishment, something to be proud of, not many people can. These guys and gals are studs.” – Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow, Laguna...

Wisdom Workout

Your Friendship Quotient “Life without a friend is death without a witness.” (Rose Macaulay-1928) A benefit of living in Laguna is the easy involvement opportunities like the L.B. Woman’s Club or the American Association of University Women (AAUW), to name just two. There are...