One's philosophy is not best expressed in words: it is expressed in the choices one makes.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Kids will say the darnedest things

by lesliedinaberg on October 28, 2004

Still undecided this election? This voters guide is handy but we won’t vouch for its usefulness It’s election season once again. While my editor keeps his own counsel in these matters, I relied on my other boss — my five-year-old son — in preparing my own MAD-LIBBED slate of political endorsements. Keep in mind; this […]

Fausett has high hopes for Hope District

by lesliedinaberg on October 21, 2004

While Gerrie Fausett won’t take over the reins of the Hope School District until January, she’s had her eye on the top position for a while, and said she made her intentions clear to former Santa Barbara Elementary and High School District Superintendent Deborah Flores and Interim Superintendent Brian Sarvis when she took over as […]

Blum finds freedom with her openness

by lesliedinaberg on October 21, 2004

Living your life under a microscope is just part of the job for most politicians, but having your breasts on display, so to speak, is another story. That’s basically what happened this summer, when Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum announced she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. “Everybody knows an awful lot about my body […]

One woman refuses to become a victim

by lesliedinaberg on October 21, 2004

Channeling her anger into action, nurse Mary Vaughan is using her own battle with inflammatory breast cancer as an opportunity to spread the word about this rare, highly aggressive and often misdiagnosed disease. A year ago she wasn’t sure she would still be alive to tell her story. She had triumphed over breast cancer once, […]

Coping with cancer

by lesliedinaberg on October 21, 2004

How to talk to your kids When my mother’s hair fell out from the chemo, she let us style it into a Mohawk. We laughed so hard our sides ached. We laughed until we cried. But not every family handles the pain of breast cancer with humor. In her almost 20 years as a documentary […]

Girls get out the vote at Girls Inc.

by lesliedinaberg on October 14, 2004

If girls ruled the world, John Kerry would be our next president, at least according to the mock elections that took place Tuesday as part of the Girls Inc. “She Votes” campaign, an initiative to educate and empower girls and their communities in the 2004 elections. Along with learning about the political process and the […]

Ellwood teacher gets an A+ for Energy

by lesliedinaberg on October 14, 2004

While most teachers were kicking up their heels with joy at the end of the last school year, Ellwood’s Deborah Gans was digging hers in … to submit a last minute grant application. The effort paid off: last week global energy provider BP awarded Gans $10,000 to help teach her sixth grade students about energy […]

Schools share in afternoon recreation programs

by lesliedinaberg on October 14, 2004

“I find myself in a position to share good news, good news, good news,” said Nancy Rapp, the acting Parks and Recreation Director, addressing a joint session of the Santa Barbara City Council and the Board of Education. “This is probably the strongest relationship that we have had in years.” The Parks and Recreation Department […]

Elements surprise is really good service

by lesliedinaberg on October 14, 2004

A la carte advice for restaurant owners: Staff must remember who’s serving whom I recently spent a wonderful evening dining out with friends. We started with dinner at Arigato, which is my favorite sushi place. The sushi is consistently divine, but the appetizers are really my favorite. I especially recommend trying the “Locals Only” and […]

From the Single Files

by lesliedinaberg on October 7, 2004

What did Vieja Valley’s Ashley Scatena learn on The Bachelor? The reality of life is preferable to TV. A kindergarten teacher straight out of central casting, Vieja Valley School’s Ashley Scatena is sweet, petite and charming. So what was she doing starring on ABC’s comical catfight “reality show,” The Bachelor? It wasn’t to meet the […]