David Hansen

David Hansen
A writer and Laguna Beach resident

Hansen: Canyon on the verge of eruption

Hansen: Canyon on the verge of eruption

It has been said that a volcanic eruption can create its own lightning. Well, a perfect storm is brewing in Laguna Canyon, and the lightning...

Hansen: The guerrilla poet of Laguna Beach

Hansen: The guerrilla poet of Laguna Beach

If you ask poet John Gardiner a question, the path to the answer is not a straight line.

Hansen: Music festival hits high water mark

Hansen: Music festival hits high water mark

The night before his Blue Water Music Festival last weekend, organizer Rick Conkey slept on an air mattress on the festival grounds,...

Hansen: With people like this, Laguna may survive doomsday

Almost every day you read stories about impending world destruction because of our own mistreatment: too much carbon dioxide and not...

 Hansen: Live-work naysayers, back off

Hansen: Live-work naysayers, back off

It resembled a midterm election rally in the old Boom Boom Room: red balloons, smooth jazz, refreshments and heavy-duty political talk.

 Hansen: Photographs are telling a sad story

Hansen: Photographs are telling a sad story

The person who said a picture is worth a thousand words obviously did not try to sell the photo.

Hansen: Music festival to challenge stereotypes

Hansen: Music festival to challenge stereotypes

Most people segment their lives in broad categories: family, work, play.

Hansen: Laguna lives defined by a sense of place

Hansen: Laguna lives defined by a sense of place

The love stories started with children.

 Hansen: The death of fiction in Laguna

Hansen: The death of fiction in Laguna

Short story fiction died recently in a Laguna Beach wine cellar.

Hansen: The value of funding art and science

Hansen: The value of funding art and science

If you live in Laguna Beach for any length of time, you start to take art for granted.

Hansen: 'Legends' has captured millions

Last fall, UC Irvine held its annual Anteater Involvement Fair, when campus groups put up a booth in the quad to recruit new members.

Hansen: Living up to a family legacy

Hansen: Living up to a family legacy

He just wanted to be a surfer but family got in the way.

Hansen: Ode to watching movies alone

Hansen: Ode to watching movies alone

It must be the armrests.

 Hansen: Homeless hide in plain sight

Hansen: Homeless hide in plain sight

You can stare at it all day long and still not see it: a darkened hovel wedged between two restaurants.

Hansen: Ignorance and HIV

Hansen: Ignorance and HIV

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series about HIV and AIDS. Last week featured a look into the life of Scott Alan, a...

 Hansen: Life of loss and humor in Laguna

Hansen: Life of loss and humor in Laguna

There is a frailty about Scott Alan when he walks. Unsure and stilted, he totters in a way that makes you prepare to reach out and catch him...

Hansen: Humanitarian artists give back

Hansen: Humanitarian artists give back

It's no secret that many artists suffer.

Hansen: Christmas gifts, Laguna style

Hansen: Christmas gifts, Laguna style

If you believe the mall is a four-letter word, then you may like my annual top 10 alternative Christmas gifts.

Hansen: Sun shines on Montage holiday event

Hansen: Sun shines on Montage holiday event

There are sunsets and then there are Montage sunsets.

Hansen: Form united front and move on

Going back at least 50 years, all Laguna Beach city projects have had one common denominator: pain.

Hansen: When art and nature meld

It dawned on me about halfway through Sunday, sitting on kid chairs at the Laguna Art Museum and watching the children try to make clay...

Hansen: Not letting fire shape your life

Hansen: Not letting fire shape your life

If former Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Gentry had it to do over again, with the firestorm whipping around his Mystic Hills house 20 years ago,...

Hansen: Old mortuary harbors spirits, tenant says

Hansen: Old mortuary harbors spirits, tenant says

It used to be a mortuary, but now there are only spirits.

Hansen: Live and let live-work

Hansen: Live and let live-work

You know it by the cow rugs.

 Hansen: Wild animals and fantasies: same difference

Hansen: Wild animals and fantasies: same difference

It's getting late and you're wrapping up chores before bed. Half asleep, you walk out back to throw the garbage away when you are face-to-...

Hansen: Keeping the harvest spirit alive

Hansen: Keeping the harvest spirit alive

There is something more authentic about a public harvest well before Thanksgiving, free from the trappings of canned corn, family...

Hansen: Smoke and mirrors cloud e-cig issue

There is an elderly chronic smoker in E-Cig City in Laguna Beach. You can just tell. She has that ashen look, a little gaunt, with breathing...

Hansen: Laguna hotels made in our image

Hansen: Laguna hotels made in our image

Every day, we handpick our lives. News, TV, music and entertainment are all self-programmed. We select, subscribe, tailor, customize and...

 Hansen: In Laguna, golf carts are the way to go

Hansen: In Laguna, golf carts are the way to go

Few people have time to golf, but you wouldn't know it based on the number of golf carts zipping around Laguna Beach.

Hansen: Feeling asphyxiated over parking

If you have ever circled downtown Laguna Beach in frustration trying to find a parking spot, then you know what's happening right now with...

Hansen: The 10 most overrated things in Laguna Beach

If a city is cultured and broad-shouldered, it welcomes a little criticism. A savvy city knows that nothing should be taken for granted...

Hansen: As if the party wasn't strange enough

There are some stories that need to be told — however embarrassing. This is one of them.

Hansen: City lacks traffic backbone

Hansen: City lacks traffic backbone

Trolleys, buses, cars, golf carts, pedestrians, bicyclists and a throng of clueless tourists compete for limited pavement in Laguna Beach....

Hansen: Brrr … call it 'Laglooma' Beach

Hansen: Brrr … call it 'Laglooma' Beach

Imagine you're from London or Seattle, and for months you've planned a warm summer vacation in Laguna Beach only to arrive and it's cold,...

Hansen: Musical cliff facing Laguna Beach

At least we don't have cows.

Hansen: Sacred and profane: Laguna Beach

Hansen: Sacred and profane: Laguna Beach

It's no real secret that the culture of Laguna Beach is alluring and mysterious. People use words like "special," "charming" or "weird."

Hansen: Let it be for another 50 years

Hansen: Let it be for another 50 years

There were wall-to-wall people in a Laguna Beach park on Sunday singing, dancing, drinking and probably wishing they could spark a joint.

 Hansen: Skimming into good vibrations

Hansen: Skimming into good vibrations

If you can imagine surfing culture maybe 50 years ago, that's what skimboarding is like today: young, eclectic and positive.

Hansen: Birds, fossils and Hollywood — just another Laguna day

Hansen: Birds, fossils and Hollywood — just another Laguna day

I tried to fit in but bird people are twitchy that way.

Hansen: Summer brings forgiveness and hope

If you visit Laguna Beach High School right now, it has the appearance of an evacuation — that hurried, ramshackle feeling of...

Hansen: Open season on public art

Hansen: Open season on public art

Laguna Beach residents all believe they are art critics, which is why the real experts on the city's Arts Commission are in a no-win...

Hansen: Laguna secretly dislikes outsiders

Hansen: Laguna secretly dislikes outsiders

After six years as a resident of Laguna Beach, it has finally dawned on me: We really don't like outsiders all that much.

Hansen: Monsanto protest yields little fruit

Hansen: Monsanto protest yields little fruit

In the late 1980s, I had a friend who was a PhD student at UC Davis experimenting in genetically modified strawberries. I remember telling...

Hansen: Has city become immune to homeless crime?

Hansen: Has city become immune to homeless crime?

It was a summer-like day at Main Beach on Saturday with tourists filling the boardwalk, children enjoying the playground and a group of...

Hansen: Lawn bowling holds key to sport

Hansen: Lawn bowling holds key to sport

Most people of a certain age grew up with three of everything — three TV stations, three friends and three sports: football,...

Hansen: Why am I afraid of yoga?

Hansen: Why am I afraid of yoga?

For the uninitiated, yoga is intimidating. There's hot yoga, cold yoga and for me, lukewarm yoga.

Hansen: The sweet smell of Communist smoke

Hansen: The sweet smell of Communist smoke

There is a famous story about President John F. Kennedy buying more than 1,000 Cuban cigars the day before he authorized the U.S. trade...

Hansen: Saving the earth from ourselves

Most people will not admit this out loud, but we have made fun of Earth Day.

Hansen: Will Laguna Beach be loved to death?

Laguna Beach is like the Hollywood of Orange County — a rare, crazy, inexplicable thing that is loved to death.

Hansen: Women say Laguna Beach men are different

If you are a single man in Laguna Beach, women call you contradictory names: eclectic, driven, casual, civic minded, rich, poor, educated,...

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