Sooner or later you've got to learn your lessons. And you might as well learn them now as later. The mistakes we make are as important as our successes.
-Madonna

Recylable Resolutions for the New Year

by lesliedinaberg on December 31, 2010

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” -Bill Vaughan “New Year’s resolution: to tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” – James Agate “A New Year’s resolution is something […]

Holiday Letters for the Cheerless

by lesliedinaberg on December 17, 2010

As much as I love getting mail during the holiday season–what’s not to like about the season where chocolate catalogs finally outweigh that depressing stack of bills and you get daily reminders that good old so-and-so you shared a cubicle with in 1991 is still alive and kicking?–I have to admit that sometimes I get […]

Tackling the Season Like a Man

by lesliedinaberg on December 10, 2010

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from my friend Ramey: “If you don’t want to be the only one doing all the work then you have to let other people do stuff using their own standards–no matter how crappy or inferior they may be.” She was talking about diaper rash […]

From Yiddish to Yinglish

by lesliedinaberg on December 3, 2010

When it comes to traditional religion, I’ll readily admit that I’m more Jew-ish than Jewish. You won’t find me in temple unless there’s a Bar mitzvah or a book signing, and I’m certainly not one to pass up an offering of bacon-wrapped shrimp. They’re delish! But there’s one part of Jewish cultural tradition–besides the latkes–that […]

Adult BoyCare

by lesliedinaberg on November 26, 2010

Does the prospect of going to a mall this time of year make the men in your life resemble cranky, whiney, exhausted kindergarteners who are clearly in need of a snack and a nap? Me too. I don’t know what it is about the holiday season. The rest of the year my husband hardly puts […]

Noozhawk Talks: Paul Freeman Gives Fresh Voice to Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus

by lesliedinaberg on November 22, 2010

Revival of program is first step in plan to give kids more chances to sing The Santa Barbara Children’s Chorus is getting a gleeful reprieve, thanks to local businessman Paul Freeman. He didn’t even know of the dormant choir’s existence when he decided, several years ago, that Santa Barbara needed a better choral program for […]

Gratitude Minus Platitudes

by lesliedinaberg on November 19, 2010

“Being grateful may be the spiritual equivalent of Prozac,” according to Dr. Robert Emmons. I couldn’t agree more, which why I’m grateful that it’s almost Thanksgiving time. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, right up there on the list with National Chocolate Day and the day the clocks “fall back” and we […]

Sifting Through Silly Bandz and Squishys

by lesliedinaberg on November 12, 2010

Fart jokes, cooties and “one, two, three Jinx you owe me a Coke” are perennial rites of childhood that never fail to make me smile, but some of these new trends leave me feeling a little old and out of it. First it was that array of extra-long shoelaces. Sure the colors were fun-who wouldn’t […]

Defending Facebook Friends

by lesliedinaberg on November 5, 2010

Weak Ties Still Equal Strong Links Marlene Dietrich once said, “It’s the friends you call at 4 a.m. that really matter.” Agreed. But the friends whose walls you post on at 4 a.m. matter too. “Weak ties are your windows to the world,” wrote Stanford University sociologist Mark Granovetter back in 1973 in “The Strength […]

Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Shannon Turner Brooks

by lesliedinaberg on November 1, 2010

As Director of Communications for the Santa Barbara Conference and Visitors Bureau and Film Commission, it’s Shannon Turner Brooks‘ business to talk-a lot-about Santa Barbara. Here Noozhawk gives her the chance to talk-a little-about herself, as well what’s going on at the CVB. Leslie Dinaberg: Can you explain how the Conference and Visitors Bureau and […]