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Culture Karma

Can Gentrification and Preservation Co-exist?   I spent a recent afternoon in Venice Beach. Haven’t been there in years and much seems to have changed. Muscle Beach’s circus performers and bikini-clad roller skaters are still around. But the entire town, particularly the...


Opportunity Knocks Eric needs some money for an investment.   No. I can’t believe he put you up to this.   You haven’t even heard about it.   Sweetie, If it were the telephone and He had a deal with Alexander Graham Bell, I wouldn’t invest with him.   He may...

Taking Stock

Winds of change A couple of puffs of good news were enough to prompt a gale of buying that sent stocks up 800 points on the Dow in three days. Gales tend to blow out but the market’s ability to make a lot out of a little shows how depressed stock prices had become despite rising...

Musings on the Coast

  Beyond Posh First, the disclosure:  I am a personal mess.  My clothes are of no discernable style.  My shoes are scruffy and sometimes do not match.  My hair is uncombed.  My home in Laguna is a mish-mash of styles, junk, discarded objects never thrown away, paintings that...
Posted On 02 Dec 2011

Wisdom Workout

Rekindling Holiday Magic   The holiday card that I found the other day at the Laguna Colony Company on Forest Avenue said:  “Christmas Therapy Group.” It pictured a caricature of a psychiatrist sitting in front of a semi-circle that included Santa, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the...

Village Matters

 Home is Here   When I climbed the steps to the Congregational Church on Thanksgiving day, I didn’t know what to expect.  In all the years I have lived in Laguna, I’ve never gone to the community potluck.  Hesitating at the upper landing while carefully balancing my recently...