Preparation, I have often said, is rightly two-thirds of any venture.
-Amelia Earhart

Dancing with Horses

by lesliedinaberg on January 28, 2011

Aside from a ginormous collection of plastic Breyer horses–thanks to a grandpa and an uncle in the toy business–I’ve never been much of a horse girl. Not that I don’t find them beautiful, but I was never one of those girls who begged their daddies for a pony. The horse phase that many of my […]

How I Lost My Virgo

by lesliedinaberg on January 21, 2011

I have never really put much faith in astrology and haven’t read my horoscope on a regular basis in years. Still, I’ve always taken a certain pride in being a Virgo. With the beautiful symbol of virginal purity, “Virgos are intellectuals who were born to help others. They are humane and loyal in their jobs […]

The Race to Less Homework

by lesliedinaberg on January 14, 2011

Like many people I spoke to in the audience, I was both dreading and looking forward to seeing Race to Nowhere, a documentary about the impact of undue academic pressures, which was presented by the Orfalea Foundation and UCSB Arts & Lectures last weekend. Mostly I was worried that watching the movie would become–ironically enough–a […]

Ode to the Wii

by lesliedinaberg on January 7, 2011

Thank you Nintendo. Wow–those are three words I never thought I’d say in a million years. Until rather recently we were a family of Luddites when it came to gaming devices. No DS, no Playstations, no Game Boys, no Xbox 360’s at our house, as our son frequently reminded us. It got so bad that […]