Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
-Victor Hugo

Lucy Stoners

by lesliedinaberg on December 18, 2009

I, Leslie Dinaberg, nee Dinaberg, am a Lucy Stoner. This may surprise some people-or explain some things about how I write my columns-but the time has come to discuss my radical views. I don’t think of myself as an extremist, but I guess I am, at least according to a survey done by the Center […]

Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Michael Wyrsta

by lesliedinaberg on December 14, 2009

Attacking complicated problems is nothing new to chemist Michael Wyrsta. The “Gaucho purebred”—who received both his BS and PhD at UCSB—lends his considerable talents to developing vaccines, solar energy cells, green carbon technology and eco-friendly building materials and making natural gas into gasoline and green carbon technology. Now he’s turning his talents to creating RND […]

The Next Generation of Dolls

by lesliedinaberg on December 11, 2009

Shopping for little girls is one of my favorite things about the holidays. Not that balls, books and board games aren’t exciting to shop for, but for a boy-mom like myself, there’s something magical about wandering through the pink-drenched aisles of the girls’ section of a toy store. I’ve heard animated birds chirp and seen […]

Boys Will be Boys

by lesliedinaberg on December 4, 2009

I learned a new word recently: “Dad-olescence,” described by Daily Beast writer Sean Macaulay as the modern, midlife crisis-aged male’s tendency to “act like a sullen teenager … a low-grade regressive style of acting-out that’s now so widespread among midlife males it deserves its own label.” Unlike the stereotypical midlife crises our parents’ generation had-using […]

How much duck could a turkey chuck?

by lesliedinaberg on November 20, 2009

I giggle every time I hear the word “Turducken.” I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe it’s the first four letters, or the “duck” (literally) in the middle, but Turducken references abound this time of year and I can’t help but chuckle every time I hear or read the word. I’ve never even tasted Turducken, though […]

Recess Rage

by lesliedinaberg on November 13, 2009

When kids don’t get to run around and play, we all pay the price. This is why I’m absolutely dumbfounded that all educators don’t get this very simple and painfully obvious reality: when they don’t play, we all pay-dearly! This is also why I get so worked up when I hear about teachers punishing a […]

Is Shouting the New Spanking?

by lesliedinaberg on November 6, 2009

Spanking—like fountain pens, hardback Webster’s Dictionaries, and control top panty hose—is one of those things that is still around, but hardly ever used anymore. According to a recent story in the New York Times, shouting has taken its place as the discipline du jour. “Many in today’s pregnancy-flaunting, soccer-cheering, organic-snack-proffering generation of parents would never […]

The Roar of the Cougar

by lesliedinaberg on October 30, 2009

Watching “Cougar Town” makes me feel dirty-and not in a good way. I really wanted to like this show. Despite the high concept potential for disaster, when I heard about it I had high hopes. The star, Courtney Cox, was my third favorite “Friends” actress and her last series, the short-lived “Dirt,” was delightfully trashy. […]

Let Lying Liars Lie

by lesliedinaberg on October 23, 2009

I try to teach my son that honesty is the best policy, but truthfully, I don’t always tell the truth. I’ve got lies on my mind this week because I saw The Invention of Lying, which, despite a great high concept – in a world where people can only tell the truth, one man discovers […]

Childhood Pre Postmortem

by lesliedinaberg on October 9, 2009

“I guess I’m really a grown-up now” is a thought that has crossed my mind a lot lately. I think my “kid emeritus” status has less to do with the rings on my trunk — and the wrinkles on my neck — than it has to do with the inescapable passage of time. This week […]