If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
-Karin Gillespie

Cocktails in a secret garden: Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara

by lesliedinaberg on October 27, 2007

The stunning ocean views and lush backdrop of Cynthia and Eric Spivey‘s Montecito garden were surpassed only by the outpouring of generosity and good will at the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara‘s ninth annual garden party benefit. Chairs Daryl Stegall and Pamela Massey and their hard-working committee outdid themselves this year, raising more […]

Something spooky this way comes

by lesliedinaberg on October 26, 2007

Five billion dollars buys a lot of wax lips, talking Draculas and glow-in-the-dark plastic maggots. The National Retail Federation (NRF) says that Halloween spending will be up 10 percent this year, carving out an absolutely mind-numbing, record-breaking chunk of cash from our pockets. Why are we so enamored with inflatable skeletons, candy corn, and fake […]

The “F” Word

by lesliedinaberg on October 19, 2007

It is ironic that feminism has become the “F” word at the same time a woman is finally the frontrunner to become president. Maybe there’s something in the air, some kind of 2007-meets-1955 pheromones being emitted from our plastic water bottles. I felt like I entered a retro time warp zone the other day. I […]

Noozhawk Talks: One on One With William Macfadyen

by lesliedinaberg on October 16, 2007

Soft-spoken, with a courtly politeness that seems more Southern than Southern California, William (Bill) Macfadyen doesn’t exactly conjure up images of your typical work-into-the-wee-hours, Red Bull-drinking, pimply-faced Internet entrepreneur. But with this week’s launch of Noozhawk, Santa Barbara’s first comprehensive, free online newspaper, he’s aiming to be the local daily on everybody’s lips–and laptops. Leslie […]

The Itty Bitty Titty Charity

by lesliedinaberg on October 12, 2007

Men are such boobs. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to hear about the latest “charitable” Internet scheme, where “philanthropically-inclined” guys go online to support women in their quests for fake breasts. That’s right, I’m talking about MyFreeImplants.com, the testosterone- and alcohol-fueled brainCHILD of Jay Moore and Jason Grunstra, a Bay Area entrepreneurial duo […]

Sometimes I feel like bologna on wry

by lesliedinaberg on October 5, 2007

I had one of those “aha” moments the other day when I found mold in a piece of frozen bread. Isn’t that why we freeze bread in the first place? To keep those gross green spores from invading our otherwise pristine baked goods? It’s a metaphor, I realized. My life is sandwiched between the beginning […]

Lionesses of Winter

by lesliedinaberg on October 1, 2007

They Take Pride in Giving Back It takes passion, money and a lot of hard work for Santa Barbara’s most treasured nonprofit organizations to thrive. This community tradition of giving back by supporting education, caring for those in need, and sharing a love for nature and the arts has an incredibly generous cast of leading […]