I had accomplished one thing, however; I was now fully in touch with my emotions. And it was the worst thing ever to happen to me.
-Min K. Liekovsky

Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg sits down with Nancy Harter

by lesliedinaberg on February 29, 2008

After eight years of service of service on the Santa Barbara School Board, Nancy Harter has earned some reflection time. She talks about what it was like to sit on the board, and what she has planned for the future. Leslie Dinaberg: How did you get interested in running for school board? Nancy Harter: In March of […]

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by lesliedinaberg on February 28, 2008

Take deep breaths, I console. It’s only once a year and it’s for a good cause, I reassure. I’ll give you chocolate afterward if you behave yourself. No, I’m not bribing my son to sit still for the annual performance of the Nutcracker. I’m bribing myself to get through round 13 with that stupid machine. […]

When the pain of rain meets the joys of boys

by lesliedinaberg on February 19, 2008

Santa Barbara isn’t very well equipped for rainy days. Neither is my son. Eventually, when you coop up 59 pounds of eight-year-old boy energy inside a teeny tiny house for too long, something’s got to give. Usually it’s my sanity. While I would be perfectly happy — ecstatic, in fact — to spend a rainy […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Chris Mkpado

by lesliedinaberg on February 18, 2008

“Saving the world, one piece of trash at a time,” is the motto for Textile Waste Solutions. Since Christopher Mkpado founded the company in 1995, he has quietly recycled tens of millions of pounds of textiles that would have otherwise ended up in our local landfill. Leslie Dinaberg: Tell me about Textile Waste Solutions (http://www.twaste.com/). […]

Grief Book Benefits Hospice and the Temple

by lesliedinaberg on February 12, 2008

The sun shined on Hospice of Santa Barbara and Congregation B’nai B’rith Sunday afternoon at a special event honoring the publication of Sissy Taran’s new book, The Sun Will Shine Again: Life Lessons from a Year of Grieving, (www.thesunwillshineagain.com) with all proceeds going to support the two organizations. “This is the first time in history […]

Valentines Day is Not For Wimps

by lesliedinaberg on February 8, 2008

I know a lot of people feel pressure around the December holidays, what with coming up with the perfect card, trying to buy eight nights worth of Hanukah gifts that make your kids kvell but don’t make your wallet groan, and attempting to make it snow in Santa Barbara. Despite what your friends may have […]

Behind the Scenes at the Election Office

by lesliedinaberg on February 5, 2008

If the seventh and eighth grade students from Anacapa School are any kind of a barometer, then, as the national media predicts, young people are engaged in this presidential election with an extraordinary level of interest. County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor Joe Holland took the students on a behind-the-scenes tour of the election office on […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Sissy Taran

by lesliedinaberg on February 3, 2008

A combination of laughter and tears helped Sissy Taran survive the sudden death of her husband Bernie, in June 2005. “There aren’t any magical answers to survive the loss of a loved one,” says Sissy, but she hopes to help others by bringing that same bittersweet combination of humor and compassion to her new book. […]

Women’s Heart Health

by lesliedinaberg on February 1, 2008

The simple facts are enough to make any woman’s heart skip a beat. Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in American women, claiming more than 460,000 lives each year. That’s more than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. According to a […]


by lesliedinaberg on February 1, 2008

Designer Art Luna is planting roots in our local soil Enhancing nature’s gifts is nothing new for Art Luna. Long before he developed a reputation as a top-notch landscape designer, he was known as a swanky celebrity hair stylist–which he still is. But more and more often these days, he’s trading his scissors for gardening […]