With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
-Max Ehrmann

Students win big in clean air calendar contest

by lesliedinaberg on December 30, 2004

A lucky thirteen local kids learned some fun and creative ways to get around town without creating air pollution, thanks to a recent calendar art contest, sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and SBCAG Traffic Solutions. JoJo Relyea, age 10, a student at May Grisham Elementary School in Orcutt, was the […]

Dropping the Ball on Annual Resolutions

by lesliedinaberg on December 30, 2004

Like many otherwise rational people, I like to take some time at the end of each December to reflect on my accomplishments of the past year and set goals for the next one that will help transform me into a more organized, healthier, wholesome person with a better body and a much cleaner house. While […]

Eastside dental clinic gets new site, mission

by lesliedinaberg on December 23, 2004

One of the things that you hear in this world a lot is that dental disease is the only sickness that is almost 100 percent preventable,” said David Landecker, executive director of Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, whose newest project, the Eastside Family Dental Clinic, will celebrate its grand opening Jan. 13, from 3:30 to 6 […]

Lab now center of school’s attention

by lesliedinaberg on December 23, 2004

With fund raising down to a science, Peabody at last gets chance to explore. Those ubiquitous blue-and-yellow “If You Build It They Will Learn” bumper stickers from Peabody Charter School were replaced by a new slogan Thursday — “We Built It! Now Watch Us Learn” — as Principal Pat Morales cut the ribbon on the […]

Family ways sometimes leave a lot to be desired

by lesliedinaberg on December 23, 2004

Tribal customs can be a mystery to outsiders. Are you fine with that? “Feliz Navidad,” sang those sweet, high-pitched voices of the fourth and fifth grade children. “I want to wish you a Peaceful Solstice. I want to wish you a Happy Hanukkah. I want to wish you a Joyful Kwanza. I want to wish […]

Annual rituals are often as important and appreciated as the season

by lesliedinaberg on December 16, 2004

No matter how you celebrate this holiday season, chances are it will be remarkably similar to the way you celebrated last year. December is a time that we cling to our family traditions — even when those traditions consist of, for example, not celebrating Christmas by going to a movie and then out for Chinese […]


by lesliedinaberg on December 16, 2004

Sometimes a simple gift you make yourself can be the best gift of all. Here are a few ideas to get those creative juices flowing. It’s hard to go wrong with a gift you make yourself. But many people end up saying goodbye to each holiday season with a closet full of good intentions and […]

Memory Post brings Memorials to the Digital Age

by lesliedinaberg on December 12, 2004

With the spirits of Mr. Rogers, Bob Hope and Aunt Sevelta on its development team, its no wonder that Goleta-based Memorypost.com is on a roll. Launched in January 2003, the Internet service to celebrate life events has already been featured on national television and has users from all over the world. The project started three […]

Building blocks of Hanukkah tradition

by lesliedinaberg on December 9, 2004

Santa Barbara’s Hanukkah festivities began a new way Tuesday night, when many families gathered at La Cumbre Plaza to build a six-foot-tall menorah out of Legos. Young and old alike had a great time celebrating by lighting the candles for the first night of Hanukkah, playing the dreidel game to earn chocolate coins or gelt, […]

Cottage pushes for chance to spring into action

by lesliedinaberg on December 9, 2004

Pending environmental review, hospital renovation could start in a few months Warning a project delay will ultimately cost the community more money and may threaten health-care services, Cottage Health System officials last week pushed the city Planning Commission to move quickly to approve a new, $407 million regional hospital. The rebuilding program, due to begin […]