Beauty is no quality in things themselves; it exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.
-David Hume

Cantor Baby

by lesliedinaberg on December 8, 2012

December is one of the cruelest months for Jews. Sure we have Hanukkah to celebrate our urge to shop, and latkes to indulge our genetic urge for carbs, and we can decorate in blue and silver to our hearts’ content, but the one thing we’re lacking in is carols. Let’s face it, other than “Oh […]

Jungle Mom

by lesliedinaberg on July 20, 2012

I pity the first girl who stomps on my son’s heart. I realized something about myself recently and it’s not very pretty. I may be an anti-violent, NPR-supporting, bleeding heart pacifist in theory, but when it comes right down to it-I would kill to prevent my son from suffering heartache. I may not be a […]

Olympic Gold Medalist Todd Rogers: Hometown Hero Hopes To Bring Home Another Gold From London

by lesliedinaberg on July 15, 2012

By Leslie Dinaberg Leslie Dinaberg: The 2012 Summer Olympics in London will be your second Olympics. How is it different preparing this time around? Todd Rogers: I wouldn’t say it feels different.  … As far my training and that kind of thing go, its business as usual. There’s no real reason for us to change […]

Crazy Busy or Just Plain Crazy

by lesliedinaberg on June 22, 2012

As I write this first sentence, I’m on hold with my insurance company-again. I’m also listening to phone messages, soaking my whites in bleach, taping an episode of “Next Food Network Star,” stretching my quads, doing a few Kegel exercises and sipping my coffee, which I know is bad for me again this month, because […]

Eat, Drink and Be Married

by lesliedinaberg on June 8, 2012

Chatting with Author Rebecca Bloom “What is it about wedding preparations that makes the ordinary tasks usually taking a woman from bed to bath, to bra, to base, to bagel, to bag, to butt-on-the-seat-of- the-car in 28 minutes flat, suddenly expand, exhale and evolve into hours upon hours of careful mirror observations and highly scrutinized […]

The Neurotic Parent Comes to Santa Barbara

by lesliedinaberg on April 13, 2012

Some people say that getting your kid through the college application process is a lot like childbirth-you have to experience it yourself to really understand it. Unlike with childbirth, where the endorphins kick in and make you forget most of the pain once you hold that precious baby in your arms, the only chemicals associated […]

The Green Team

by lesliedinaberg on April 6, 2012

Environmental Education for the Next Generation I can’t help but smile when I see Strawberry, Banana, Tree and Sun grinning from ear to ear, as they greet Thunder with the thunderous enthusiasm her name deserves. “Yay. Awesome. This is my favorite kind of day,” shout the others. No, this is not some strange morphing of […]

The Bratty Bunch

by lesliedinaberg on March 23, 2012

Do you ever have the urge to discipline someone else’s kids? What about when their parents are sitting right there, yukking it up, chatting with friends or drinking cocktails, and otherwise ignoring the fact that their little brat is: A.) Talking back to a teacher, lifeguard, parent, or other adult B.) Tormenting a defenseless younger […]

Bonding Over Books

by lesliedinaberg on March 16, 2012

Santa Barbara has a lot of great fundraisers, but one of my favorites is the annual CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) Celebrity Authors’ Luncheon. It’s easy to get excited about buying books, talking about books with other readers and listening to authors talk about books, not to mention a great lunch with a dessert of […]

Sex and Housework

by lesliedinaberg on March 2, 2012

Men are astounded by how long women can go without thinking about sex, and women are astounded by how long men can go without thinking about housecleaning. This explains why my husband can turn on the TV and happily surf skin-e-max while laying on top of a gargantuan pile of unfolded laundry … then still […]