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Holiday Letters Bring Ho Ho Ho’s

by lesliedinaberg on December 15, 2006

I love getting mail during the holiday season. It’s great. Instead of people asking me for money, I get chocolate catalogs, cards that wish me Season’s Greetings, and the reassurance that my college friends are still alive. While I appreciate the heartfelt sentiments, and the updated pictures of the kids/pets/intestines/etc., there’s nothing more satisfying than […]

An Interview with Scott and Sheri Martin

by lesliedinaberg on December 1, 2006

When Scott and Sheri Martin looked to buy their first home, using Coastal Housing Partnership (CHP) made the difference between being able to buy “something” and buying a house they really wanted, without compromising. Both Scott and Sheri grew up in Santa Barbara — attending San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara City College, and UCSB […]

An Interview with Jonathan and Kathy Abad

by lesliedinaberg on December 1, 2006

The third time may be the charm for most people, but Jonathan and Kathy Abad had to go through eight unclosed escrows on different houses in order to finally buy their home in Goleta last year with the help of Coastal Housing Partnership (CHP). Unlike many first-time homebuyers, the Abads had some real estate experience […]

The thrill is (not quite) gone

by lesliedinaberg on December 1, 2006

I thought my daredevil days were over last week when I looked up at the beautiful snow-covered mountain and didn’t think about skiing or snowboarding down it, but rather looked longingly at the bar and thought, “What a gorgeous spot for me to hang out and have a hot toddy.” Not that I’ve ever been […]

Embracing the joys of laziness

by lesliedinaberg on November 17, 2006

Preparing to embark on a week of holiday leisure, I inventoried my reading material and came across the book I’ve been waiting for my whole life. It’s called The Joy of Laziness. The early bird may get the worm, but late sleepers live longer, according to this wonderful book by German Scientists Peter Axt and […]

Oops She’s Single Again

by lesliedinaberg on November 10, 2006

Britney Spears and the people of Connecticut both voted Independent this week. But Britney captured my interest in a way that Senator Joe Lieberman never could, even if he is a nice Jewish boy. Sure they’ll both have plenty of party invitations, but I’m more concerned for her. A recent study found that if you’re […]

SB People: Randall J. VanderMey

by lesliedinaberg on November 1, 2006

Westmont College‘s popular English professor is more of a modern Renaissance man than a typical academic. With a blue-eyed twinkle and a sparkling turn of phrase, this Grand Rapids, Michigan, native who’s been at Westmont since 1990 can engage you in intellectual conversations about art, poetry and religion as fluidly and captivatingly as he can […]

Aliens among us

by lesliedinaberg on October 27, 2006

Once upon a time I imagined raising my child in an exquisitely gender-neutral environment. None of this pink for girls, blue for boys stuff. I was sure I would raise a boy exactly the same way I would have raised a girl. Then I actually had a child. As the epidural wore off, reality kicked […]

Pimp my ride

by lesliedinaberg on October 20, 2006

In my quest not to become the typical minivan mom, I’ve become my grandfather instead. Somewhere between the two-door, bottom-of-the-line, “I can’t give it up because it still runs” college car and slapping a “my kid’s smarter than your kid” sticker on a station wagon, I skipped a generation and started driving a big, safe, […]

Purse-u-ing the perfect purse

by lesliedinaberg on October 13, 2006

I’ve been searching for the perfect purse for about 30 years and I’ve finally come to a conclusion: there is no such thing. If you’ve ever tried to dance, as I did recently, with your everyday purse hanging from your shoulder because you can’t fit your digital camera and reporter’s notebook into your party purse, […]