What a grand thing to love! What a grander thing, still to be loved.
-Victor Hugo

The science of happiness

by lesliedinaberg on December 27, 2008

If you can get a grant to pay for the research, then just about any topic is ripe for scientific analysis. Once the province of poets and playwrights, happiness is now emerging as a significant field of academic inquiry. Psychologists, ethicists, scientists and researchers all over the world have been working diligently to dig up […]

Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Ann Peyrat

by lesliedinaberg on December 21, 2008

Diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager, Ann Peyrat didn’t like the sound of the word diabetic-especially the “die” part-and quickly declared herself a “betes babe” instead. Now she’s developing a fun and fashionable line of accessories called Betes Babe (www.betesbabe.com) to help others wear their “betes” in style. Leslie Dinaberg: Tell me about your business. […]

Not buying it

by lesliedinaberg on December 19, 2008

Like my shopaholic foremothers, I usually indulge in the “one for you, one for me” method of gift buying. Not only does this help the economy, but it also motivates me to cheerfully take on the majority of family shopping duties, for which my husband is eternally grateful. But as you can imagine, Chrismukkah season […]

The naked truth about communication

by lesliedinaberg on December 12, 2008

Communication is complicated, especially when it involves men and women. Men don’t understand our obsessions with the shoe department at Nordstrom, our friend’s relationships, and Grey’s Anatomy. And we don’t remotely understand their fascinations with remote control anything, video games, or the Three Stooges. I’ve also yet to meet a woman who has figured out […]

29 Gifts Bring Bountiful Blessings

by lesliedinaberg on December 5, 2008

The story is right out of a Lifetime movie, only this time it’s true. Lovely 30-something Cami Walker was on top of the world. She had conquered addictions to alcohol and drugs–now her career was thriving and she just married the man of her dreams. Then, two weeks after her honeymoon, her whole world came […]

Drive Through Ditch

by lesliedinaberg on November 28, 2008

The golden rule has always seemed a little selfish to me. I love to do things for other people in part because there’s a buzz I get when I do volunteer work, for example, that makes me feel good about myself. It’s not selfless at all. It’s intentional kindness and I always feel like I […]

Don’t Lock the Libraries

by lesliedinaberg on November 21, 2008

“Libraries are not safe places, and the reason for that is there are ideas to be found.” –John Bookman “You know the republic will survive when there is new money for libraries.” –Denis Hamill A lot of the people I grew up with were surf rats or skate rats or gym rats. I was a library rat. […]

Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Lynn Montgomery

by lesliedinaberg on November 17, 2008

Children’s book author sees the beauty in every opportunity. Award-winning documentary producer and television writer Lynn Montgomery recently turned her talents to Butt Ugly, a children’s picture book that tells the story of a loveable little green mutt who needs a home. Not only does this heart- warming story teach children important lessons about self-esteem, […]

Family first

by lesliedinaberg on November 14, 2008

Sometimes I feel like a Magic 8-Ball, making mundane yet still crucial decisions for my family all day long. “Should we have pasta for dinner?” “Signs point to yes.” “Can I wait till after dinner to start my homework?” “Outlook not so good.” “It looks sunny, should I wear shorts today?” “As I see it, […]

Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg sits down with Clay Nelson

by lesliedinaberg on November 10, 2008

Life Coach Clay Nelson has been working with businesses and individuals to improve lives for more than 25 years. Starting this week, he’ll share with Noozhawk readers his time-tested techniques for helping people and companies fulfill their potential, maximize profits, and make themselves, their clients, and their families happier. Leslie Dinaberg: What are some of […]