Help one another is part of the religion of our sisterhood.
-Louisa May Alcott

CALM Author’s Lunch Serves Up Food for Thought

by lesliedinaberg on February 24, 2005

Greg Behrendt (He’s Just Not That Into You), Joyce Dudley (Santa Barbara County Senior Prosecutor and author of (Justice Served), Karen Joy Fowler (The Jane Austen Book Club), Harley Jane Kozak ((Dating is Murder), Helie Lee ((The Absence of Sun) and Robert K. Tanenbaum ((Hoax) will join the ranks of the more than 70 authors who […]

J.R. Richards, former Santa Barbara High Principal

by lesliedinaberg on February 24, 2005

Santa Barbara High School’s colors were green, gold and black this week, as the Dons mourned the death of former principal J.R. Richards, who died unexpectedly on Saturday. He was 63 years old. Affectionately known around town as “J.R.,” Richards was the only graduate of Santa Barbara High to serve as the school’s principal. He […]

Young Jews embark on rites of passage with Bar/Bat Mitzvah

by lesliedinaberg on February 24, 2005

While the passage from childhood to adulthood is murky, at best, for many of us, virtually all societies determine a specific age that separates the children from the adults — the age when an individual assumes his communal and religious responsibilities to society. For Jews, the establishment of becoming a Bar Mitzvah at 13 years […]

Gang-related crime is up

by lesliedinaberg on February 17, 2005

Gang activity is increasing on Santa Barbara’s streets. Arrests are up 51 percent, from a total of 189 in 2002, to 369 gang-related arrests in 2004, said Sgt. Ralph Molina, who gave a special presentation to the Santa Barbara School Board on Feb. 8. “The good news is that when it comes to schools, we […]

FitFest aims to raise energy level

by lesliedinaberg on February 17, 2005

There’s something about physical activity that breaks you out of hamster wheel-like-thinking and makes your mind feel refreshed. It also alleviates stress, improves self-esteem and reduces the odds against developing all kinds of serious illnesses. For women and girls in particular, “physical inactivity and poor diet together have become the second leading cause of preventable […]

Price points to shopping paradise

by lesliedinaberg on February 17, 2005

Stalking Costco’s aisles is much more than a spectator sport for bargain hunters Our anniversary is coming, so naturally when my husband told me he needed to “go to Costco,” I was sure he was going to buy me that Chagall lithograph I’ve had my eye on. When I heard that Costco was beginning to […]

Schools turn to universal preschool

by lesliedinaberg on February 15, 2005

Public officials tout preparedness factor but finding funding is another story The evidence is clear. Quality preschool education programs: = Help children enter school ready to succeed. = Promote positive child development. = Prevent violence. = Help parents move from welfare to work. = Improve employee performance and productivity. = Aid economic development and growth. […]

For professionals, Career Day a full circle

by lesliedinaberg on February 14, 2005

Face to face with the past, adults turn kids’ attention toward their future I went back to high school last week. No, it wasn’t for a Fast Times at Ridgemont High investigative article about San Marcos High School. I was there for Career Day, along with more than 240 other local professionals. I’m not sure […]

Principals offer plans to keep kids on track

by lesliedinaberg on February 10, 2005

Junior high and high school principals were in the spotlight Feb. 1 at a special meeting of the Board of Education highlighting their plans to raise academic achievement. All three high schools met their adequate yearly progress criteria, which are required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. On the junior high side, however, […]

My life as a movie

by lesliedinaberg on February 10, 2005

I did all of my best parenting before I had children. I had a great “Leslie the Mom” movie going in my mind, where I was always impeccably groomed, incredibly patient, and my three perfect kids were always clean, well-rested and well-behaved — yet somehow not the least bit Stepford-like. After spending some time at […]