Men without wives might as well be men without mothers; they are more orphans than widowers.
-Allison Pearson

Third Gradeitis

by lesliedinaberg on May 30, 2008

I don’t need to flip my calendar page to June to know that the end of the school year is near. I merely need to look at my alarm clock to realize that I’m running alarmingly late in getting my son to school again. We’ve got a bad case of third gradeitis at my house. […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Marcia Meier

by lesliedinaberg on May 26, 2008

As owner/director of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Marcia Meier is more than up to the challenge of retaining the legacy of excellence the conference has enjoyed for the past 36 years. She recently added a poetry conference, a young writers program and master classes designed just for professional writers. Leslie Dinaberg: I want to […]

A Passion for History Brings Heroic Tale to Life

by lesliedinaberg on May 20, 2008

Refusenik documentary has West Coast Premiere at the Plaza de Oro Theater Finding a career that combines her interests in art, social justice, history and international politics is a dream come true for filmmaker Laura Bialis. Her documentary, Refusenik, (www.refusenikmovie.com) which chronicles the thirty-year international movement to free Soviet Jews, opens Friday night at the […]

Dos Pueblos Inaugurates New Theater Complex with Beauty and the Beast

by lesliedinaberg on May 19, 2008

The long wait is finally over. When Dos Pueblos High School opened in 1966, a lack of funds prevented the construction of a theater, and for more than 40 years students made due with a 135-seat converted classroom for their productions. Now those original Dos Pueblos students can finally take their grandchildren to see the […]

Leslie Dinaberg sits down with Sara Miller McCune

by lesliedinaberg on May 10, 2008

At a time in her life when many people are focused on hitting the links, Sara Miller McCune has instead hit the ground running with her newest venture, the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, which produces a magazine and website that meld the worlds of academic research with hard-hitting reporting. It’s a […]

Smashing Success

by lesliedinaberg on May 9, 2008

Las Aletas 17th Annual Spring Smash Tennis Tournament Las Aletas served up aces yet again with its 17th Annual Spring Smash Tennis Tournament Fundraiser. “I’m happy to say we raised almost $10,000,” said Heidi Stilwell, who co-chaired the event with Jan McGuire. “This popular tournament, luncheon and fashion show–yes, it’s a pretty full day–is the […]