If we ever wish to know angels for what they truly are … perhaps it's we who must learn to fly.
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Promises Promises

by lesliedinaberg on March 28, 2008

“But mom, you promised we could!” We could … fill in the blank. Make cookies, play tennis after school, do watercolor salt collages, go to the bank and make a deposit in that cool pneumatic tube. You name it–whatever the thing was that I had woefully neglected to do is beside the point. The point […]

Women’s Festival Debuts

by lesliedinaberg on March 25, 2008

The inaugural Women’s Festivals launched in Santa Barbara March 7-9th and Arizona March 14-16th. Founded by local businesswoman Patty DeDominic and her partner Mary Schnack, these conferences were created to “celebrate the accomplishments of women and inspire others to realize their dreams,” with forums focusing five key areas: personal, professional, philanthropic, political, and planet. The […]

Recipe for a Healthy Marriage

by lesliedinaberg on March 21, 2008

We’re going to a wedding this weekend, the first one we’ve been to in a while. I’m feeling sort of rusty. I know they throw birdseed instead of rice, and no one drinks wine coolers anymore, but do they still do the Macarena? I feel so out of it. It wasn’t always that way. We […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Ken Saxon

by lesliedinaberg on March 18, 2008

Since arriving in town 12 years ago, Ken Saxon has served on the boards of some our most successful community endeavors, including the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation and the Santa Barbara Foundation. Now he’s taking his experience with the unique challenges nonprofit leaders face and using it to develop a new program called “Courage to […]

Big Wisdom From a Little Person

by lesliedinaberg on March 14, 2008

My 8-year-old son came home on Saturday with a giant trophy in his hands, and an even bigger smile on his face. He had won second place in a chess tournament for grades K-3 (or as I like to call it, Nerdapalooza). He couldn’t have been happier if he had won the lottery. Unlike his […]

CALM’s 22nd Annual Celebrity Author’s Luncheon

by lesliedinaberg on March 12, 2008

CALM’s (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) 22nd Annual Celebrity Authors’ Luncheon last weekend was, as always, a rousing success, thanks in large part to the dynamic duo of Sharon Bifano and Stephanie Ortale, who have co-chaired the event every year since its inception in 1987. Board president Meredith Scott gave a lovely tribute to retiring executive […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Renee Grubb

by lesliedinaberg on March 10, 2008

When Renee Grubb and Ed Edick founded Village Properties in 1996, they strove to create a community-conscious real estate agency. Part of that dedication to Santa Barbara involved creating the Teacher’s Fund, a nonprofit that makes it easy for teachers to get much-needed financial support for schools. Now Grubb is paying that community-minded spirit forward […]

American Riviera Wine Auction to Benefit Direct Relief International

by lesliedinaberg on March 3, 2008

Foxen Winery’s Bill Wathen and Dick Dore will be honored with the “Santa Barbara Vintners’ Foundation Humanitarian Award” at their biannual 2008 American Riviera Wine Auction weekend, March 14 and 15, with all proceeds benefiting Direct Relief International. John Cleese will be presented with the “Santa Barbara Vintners’ Foundation Wine Diplomat Award,” and Andrew Firestone […]

Backstory: Behind the Scenes of “Citizen McCaw”

by lesliedinaberg on March 1, 2008

The implosion of the Santa Barbara News-Press newsroom 18 months ago sparked a labor battle, which led to the departure of dozens of staffers, the creation of a union, and a swarm of legal actions. Now the story is reaching the big screen, with the March 7th world premiere of Citizen McCaw, a full-length documentary […]