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I swear

by lesliedinaberg on February 27, 2009

The curse of language arts My 42-year-old husband swears his parents have never heard him swear. I wish my 9-year-old could make that claim. His latest favorite expression is “Oh, Jesus!” I don’t where it came from. He certainly didn’t get it from me. My expletives tend to be a lot more colorful. He didn’t […]

Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Kendre Sanborn

by lesliedinaberg on February 17, 2009

As president of both the Santa Barbara Area PTA Council and the Hope School District Educational Foundation, not to mention the busy mother of three children, Kendre Sanborn certainly has her hands full. Here she tells Leslie Dinaberg about how she juggles it all. Leslie Dinaberg: How did you get involved with the area council […]

Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Dave Davis

by lesliedinaberg on February 17, 2009

After almost 25 years as the City of Santa Barbara’s Community Development Director and a City Planner, Dave Davis now brings his expertise to the Community Environmental Council (CEC), where he serves as CEO/Executive Director. Leslie Dinaberg: Did you ever think you would end up working for the CEC after retirement? Dave Davis: The simple answer is no … […]

Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Teri Coffee McDuffie

by lesliedinaberg on February 15, 2009

When it comes to women’s self-defense, you can’t beat confidence — and a well-timed poke under the Adam’s apple. “One of the most important things women need to know about their safety is that there are ways you can help avoid being picked as an intended victim,” says Teri Coffee McDuffie, owner and founder of […]

The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2009

…is willing to accept that she creates her own reality except for some of the parts where she can’t help but wonder what the hell she was thinking. —Brian Andreas, Storypeople If you ask my husband, I live most of my days on the flip side of reason. It’s not that I don’t believe in […]

Praising the pusher

by lesliedinaberg on February 6, 2009

Epidural. During your childbearing years, no four syllables have more power to start arguments than that one, simple word. They are designed to take away pain, but epidurals also bring on rationalizing, pontificating, preaching, complacency, guilt, self-righteousness, ambivalence, and flat out fear. That syringe is full of much more than simple anesthetic. For many women, […]