There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
-Nelson Mandela

Pledging Beta

by lesliedinaberg on August 29, 2008

The book practically leapt off the library shelf and into my hands. How could I resist a title like, The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit? Jill Conner Browne‘s sassy bon mots just cracked me up. –(On men) “They’ve basically got two gears–horny and hungry.” –(On women) “There is all […]

Kindergarten Redshirts

by lesliedinaberg on August 22, 2008

School starts this week and a lot of families will be getting a late start–on purpose. No, I’m not talking about those people who simply choose to extend their summers until after Labor Day, the way God intended. I’m talking about the people who decide to give their children an extra year filled with preschool […]

When you know you’re a grownup

by lesliedinaberg on August 15, 2008

Last weekend we were heading down to the beach and as I rummaged through the five bottles of sunscreen and three different hats in my trunk I had a stunning revelation–I might actually be a grownup! My days of frying on the sand in a mixture of baby oil and iodine are certainly over. I […]

Legacies: Storyteller

by lesliedinaberg on August 1, 2008

The infectious chirping of children’s laughter greets visitors. Pigtails fly as a little girl rounds the playground on a tricycle, her smile as bright as the sun. This scene could take place at any of Santa Barbara’s high quality preschool programs, with one exceptional difference–this is Storyteller Children’s Center and these children are homeless. Founded […]