One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
-Virgina Woolf

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down with Leslie Westbrook

by lesliedinaberg on September 29, 2008

Building on her lifelong interests in travel, fine art, and antiques, longtime local writer and editor Leslie Westbrook recently went public with her treasures, opening up a storefront, Leslie A. Westbrook, Art & Antiques, in Montecito’s upper village. Leslie Dinaberg: Tell me about your new business venture? Leslie Westbrook: I used to have an antique […]

Marcia Marcia Marcia

by lesliedinaberg on September 26, 2008

Oh Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. You were the high point of my Saturday nights from September 26, 1969 (yep, that’s 39 years ago today, folks) till March 8, 1974, when the final “Hair-Brained Scheme” episode aired, and Greg bought hair tonic from Bobby that turned his hair red. Oops! LOL. Dad was coaching football in those […]

Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Stephen Jacobsen

by lesliedinaberg on September 22, 2008

After serving 16 years as Senior Pastor at Goleta Presbyterian Church, Stephen Jacobsen recently took over as Executive Director of Hospice of Santa Barbara. Leslie Dinaberg: Did you always want to go into this kind of work? Stephen Jacobsen: No. … I was a history major at UCSB a long, long time ago, so that […]

The politics of friendship

by lesliedinaberg on September 19, 2008

The election is still more than six weeks away and I’m starting to get a callus on my tongue from biting it. It’s not that I don’t like to talk about politics. I love to talk about politics. Just ask my husband, or my family, or any of my friends who happen to share my […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down with Cecilia Rodriguez

by lesliedinaberg on September 15, 2008

Starting as a volunteer in 1984, CALM‘s (Child Abuse Listening & Mediation) new Executive Director Cecilia Rodriguez has proven her passion for protecting children from abuse. Now she wants to focus on prevention, reaching out to young families to help break the cycle of abuse. Leslie Dinaberg: So you started as a volunteer at CALM? […]

Live Long and Argue

by lesliedinaberg on September 12, 2008

I believe that there’s always a silver lining. This one fell in my lap, in the form of a magazine article titled “Bickering Has Benefits.” A study by the University of Michigan School of Public Health found a bright side to marital blowouts. Following nearly 200 couples for 17 years, researchers found that when people […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Larry Kreider

by lesliedinaberg on September 10, 2008

Beer is more than just a passion for Larry Kreider; it’s also a business. Before he discovered the pleasures of fine craft made beer, Kreider had endless campfire debates over the superiority of Budweiser to Miller and Coors. Now he’s spreading the joys of pairing homemade food with handcrafted hops at Goleta’s Hollister Brewing Company. […]

The M Word

by lesliedinaberg on September 5, 2008

I had never met a four-letter word I didn’t like — under the right circumstances — until that one day, on the cusp of my 40th birthday, when the 12-year-old Vons checker dared to speak the most offensive word of them all. “Need help out to your car, ma’am?” Who me? Ma’am? When did that […]

Won’t You Be a Good Neighbor (The Friendster Next Door)

by lesliedinaberg on September 1, 2008

It’s sad but true that in an age where we’re wired 24/7 and can–and do–create community anywhere, we often don’t know the people who live right next door. With all due respect to Robert Frost, good fences don’t really make good neighbors. With as little effort as a smile, a note, a phone call or […]

Down the (New) Garden Path

by lesliedinaberg on September 1, 2008

Long, narrow side yards are often overlooked as valuable garden real estate, but they are especially useful as a way to make small spaces come alive and feel as is they’re part of the landscape. With planning, ingenuity, and a flair for the dramatic, landscape designer Mark Sargent transformed Judy and Rudy Escalera’s formerly confusing, […]