Opinion

Mailbag: Change 'do nothing' to 'do something'

Thank you for the April 29 column by David Hansen on the "do-nothing" attitude of our city meetings ("Meetings and more meetings, and canyon challenges still unresolved"). As a 45-year resident of Laguna Beach, I have stopped attending these frustrating meetings of much talk, more committees and...

Letters and Commentary

  • Reader Report: My loving grandmother just turned 105

    Reader Report: My loving grandmother just turned 105

    Happy 105th birthday to Ruth Phyllis Forbes McLeod of Laguna Hills. As I recently boarded a plane with my father to travel to Italy on a business trip, I reflected on the humbling, yet often wonderful, life my Grammy has had. She was born in Bonesteel, S.D., to her parents, Jennie and William D....

  • Commentary: My fraternity brothers can't believe that I support Hillary Clinton

    Commentary: My fraternity brothers can't believe that I support Hillary Clinton

    I just attended a remarkable gathering of 70 USC fraternity brothers in Las Vegas, of all places. No, we weren't there to canvas for any presidential candidates, although politics was discussed frequently and passionately. Instead, we were there to celebrate our 40th annual weekend of so-so golf...

  • Commentary: Master fear to conquer age decline

    I recently spent a weekend with a delightful couple who at one point expressed concern about the concept of aging. Of the two, my male friend seemed especially concerned. Here was a man who had successfully mastered the financial and political world but was unsure how to master what he perceived...

  • Commentary: Laguna council's subcommittee process inherently biased

    When we were very young, many of us learned that the fairest way for two people to share a cookie was to have one person split it in two and let the other person have first choice of the resulting pieces. It gave the cookie breaker the motivation to be as fair as possible when splitting the cookie....

  • Mailbag: Arts plan needs to be better thought out

    Village Laguna appreciates that the Cultural Arts Plan has provided the opportunity and forum for focusing on the artistic life of our community. Unfortunately, the plan's recommendations seem to be almost solely based on opinions expressed in a community survey in which 40% of the respondents do...

Columns

  • Fitness Files: Being in shape helps one through life's rough spots

    Fitness Files: Being in shape helps one through life's rough spots

    My running friend Ed's caring for his mom, changing jobs and moving, so I texted him to say, "Hope your day is going well." "Nope," he said, "left my workout, turned on Jamboree, got rear-ended. Big bump on my forehead, car's back end is crushed. I'm fine." "Go see a doctor!" I told him. "You may...

  • Fitness Files: Shark behavior up close and too personal

    Fitness Files: Shark behavior up close and too personal

    Anybody see the recent news coverage of the shark breaching in Sunset Beach, in Huntington Beach? My son, Ben Slayback, was one of the surfers interviewed. As his friend Drew Palumbo aimed his GoPro at Ben catching a wave, a shark caught Drew's eye and he got the rare footage. Maybe you heard Ben...

  • A Word, Please: 10 words that may astound or annoy you

    A Word, Please: 10 words that may astound or annoy you

    Are you the person friends turn to when they need a resume proofread or a grammar bet settled? Do you still beam with pride at having won your third-grade spelling bee? Then you're probably right. In my experience, people who think they're word savvy usually are. But the English language, like...

  • Fitness Files: Sweat away the threat of Alzheimer's

    Fitness Files: Sweat away the threat of Alzheimer's

    As I left a meeting, a charming lady stopped me and said, "I never miss reading your Friday 'Fitness Files,' and there's a lecture you gotta hear, 'The Brain and Exercise.' " It was free, she said, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. If you tell me you read my articles, I'll do anything you say. So...

  • A Word, Please: Explaining why the joke is funny

    A Word, Please: Explaining why the joke is funny

    In 2014, to promote a new exhibit on Vikings, the British Museum set sail with a clever public relations spectacle: an authentic-looking vessel manned by a motley crew that sailed down the Thames and past government buildings where members of Parliament had a front-row seat for the show. As one...

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