Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow ... you have to fail in order to practice being brave.
-Mary Tyler Moore

Telling My Inner Critic Where to Stick It

by lesliedinaberg on May 28, 2010

Sometimes my inner critic can be a real bitch. She sticks her nose into every aspect of my life, from work (“Nice of you to finally put your butt in the seat and start writing. Not that anyone cares what you have to say, but you should at least be grateful to have a job, […]

Of Course She Doesn’t Have Kids

by lesliedinaberg on May 21, 2010

“A surprising percentage of women nominated to top government jobs have no children,” stated a recent Daily Beast story by Peter Beinart about Elena Kagan’s nomination and the gender make up of the Supreme Court. That chortle you heard all the way across town was me, laughing out loud. Seriously? How can this possibly be […]

Earning my Merit Badges

by lesliedinaberg on May 14, 2010

As someone who has earned her merit badge in procrastination a million times over-and that was just this month-I was simultaneously irritated and intrigued when I stumbled across Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas’s book, “You Can Do It! The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls.” It’s hard to argue with the book’s thesis, that it’s high time […]

Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Spencer Barnitz

by lesliedinaberg on May 11, 2010

Spencer Barnitz‘s unique pipes and idiosyncratic perspective have entertained music fans for most of his life. His new wave band The Tan┬ábegan when he was barely out of Santa Barbara High, eventually followed by a still-active cover band, The Wedding Band, and for the past 21 years, Spencer the Gardener, a sound the band describes […]

Drive-in Delights

by lesliedinaberg on May 7, 2010

The Santa Barbara Drive-In Theater reopens tonight after a 19-year intermission and I can’t remember when I’ve been so excited. I can, however, remember a lot of great times at the Drive-In. We moved to Santa Barbara when I was in kindergarten and some of my earliest memories are of my sister Pam and I, […]