A Force For Change

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Anne Johnson, the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club woman of the year, came to Laguna Beach because she thought it would be the best place to live out the little time she had left. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 1988, Johnson was told to get her affairs in order.…

Monica Prado is a magician with her mosaic art

By LYNETTE BRASFIELD Photos by Mary Hurlbut In 1979, following her high school graduation, Prado, now a successful ceramicist, visited Chinautla, Guatemala. At that point, she hadn’t focused on a particular profession or chosen a college major. She was on a mission as part of a nonprofit group helping to rebuild a washed-out bridge and…