…a woman's purse will always be her truest portrait, a three-dimensional diary. Slung over her shoulder or clutched in her hand, it's a miniature museum, and she is the curator.
-Doug Wright

Viva La Fiesta!

by lesliedinaberg on July 29, 2011

Love it or hate it, Leslie does both Like many Santa Barbarians, I have a love/hate relationship with Fiesta. I’m not one of those people who flee from town every Fiesta, but you’ll also never catch me running for La Presidenta. My ambivalence started when I was a kid, and like most things when you’re […]

Is happiness overrated

by lesliedinaberg on July 15, 2011

“America’s youth are drowning in happiness,” says Aaron Cooper, Ph.D., a psychologist concerned about the rising rates of youth depression and anxiety. “Millions of well-intentioned parents have made life harder for their children by shielding the kids from every kind of unhappiness,” according to Cooper, who co- authored a book on the dangers when parents […]

Firing up for the fourth

by lesliedinaberg on July 1, 2011

The Fourth of July is the one day of the year when laziness finally gets the respect it deserves, which is why the fourth is number one in my book. Despite all of the organized activity options in town-which consists of multiple parades; a musical smorgasbord of American standards, symphonies, jazz, flamenco, show tunes, country, […]