Making me happy is my job.
-Ntozake Shange

Chick-flick checklist a chemistry lesson

by lesliedinaberg on March 31, 2005

How does your co-star rate on romance? Here’s a big fat clue for men everywhere — women like chick flicks. They make us happy. We get all mushy and soft lipped and prone to romantic suggestions — or, as my husband likes to put it, “easy”– when the girl ends up with the right guy […]

Co-ops keep costs low, but you’ll have to work for it

by lesliedinaberg on March 30, 2005

“There’s nothing like the parent co-ops to really educate parents and to support parents,” said Diane Gonzalez, assistant director of San Marcos Parent-Child Workshop, one of four cooperative preschools on the South Coast. All four parent-child workshop programs — Lou Grant, Starr King, the Oaks and San Marcos — are part of Santa Barbara City […]

Bea Hamlin: Teaching a lifetime of learning

by lesliedinaberg on March 30, 2005

Picture a career full of hugs, finger paint and playing dress-up. Then imagine the rewards of teaching high school students about the wonders of child development. Finally, visualize the privilege of being able to educate adults to be better parents. As director of the San Marcos Parent-Child Workshop, Bea Hamlin has had the multiple pleasures […]

San Marcos nursing students go on rounds

by lesliedinaberg on March 24, 2005

San Marcos High student nurses were still beaming from their recent trip to Boston for the National Youth Leadership Forum on Nursing. There they had the chance to meet like-minded students from all over the country, job-shadow nurses at several Boston hospitals, and hear from medical experts about the different aspects of a nursing career. […]

Plotting a course of poise, pageantry

by lesliedinaberg on March 24, 2005

Melinda Radsliff sets sights on Miss Teen title The opportunity to win a share of $20,000 in scholarships and prizes was a temptation. And the fact there was no talent competition or requirement to strut in a swimsuit made it much more palatable for 19-year-old Santa Barbara City College student Melinda Radsliff to participate in […]

A room of my own

by lesliedinaberg on March 24, 2005

Last week I finally got the answer to the age-old mystery pondered by mothers everywhere: My son has been potty-trained for three years, when do I finally get to use the bathroom by myself? The answer: When you go on a trip without him. Last week I tagged along with my friend Cheryl Crabtree, a […]

Santa Barbara police say gang activity is on rise

by lesliedinaberg on March 17, 2005

School board hears good news, bad news in latest report 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, a Santa Barbara police official told the Santa Barbara school board Feb. 8. “The good news is that when […]

Let them eat literature

by lesliedinaberg on March 17, 2005

“Where are the books about the CIA? I want to learn about them because I think I might make a good spy when I get older.” “Let me show you how to find them yourself.” I was nine years old, and that was my first conversation with Sherry Thompson. I had just transferred to Harding […]

Environmental center named to UN commission

by lesliedinaberg on March 10, 2005

Santa Barbara’s own Center for the Study of the Environment was recently appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve on the United States National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The United States re-entered UNESCO just last October, and will hold its first annual conference in Washington, D.C. […]

Hospice offers tips for dealing with grief in the workplace

by lesliedinaberg on March 3, 2005

“People who grieve the death of a loved one are going to grieve it wherever they are,” said Hospice of Santa Barbara executive director Gail Rink, adding, and that includes the workplace. Educating local businesses about how to deal with grief in the workplace and the free services Hospice provides was the subject of a […]