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-Golda Meir

Santa Barbara Spotlight: Photographer Patricia Houghton Clarke

by lesliedinaberg on May 31, 2013

By Leslie Dinaberg (originally appeared on the Santa Barbara SEASONS Blog) Despite her lifelong fascination with light, shapes and colors—not to mention an impressive list of awards and exhibitions, both internationally and closer to her hometown of Santa Barbara—photographer Patricia Houghton Clarke has only been focused on photography for a short time. “I’ve been photographing […]

Animal House Hits My House

by lesliedinaberg on May 14, 2013

As you approach the doorway, a headless Pokemon (Pika Pika! Pi-Ka-Chu!) flies out of a window and lands at your feet. Adrian takes a break from his potty break to greet you. Oops, sorry about your shoes… and your leg. Jake whirls by you on a Razor scooter, through the front door and onto the […]

Cocktail Corner

by lesliedinaberg on May 10, 2013

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic!  By Leslie Dinaberg (Here is my newest column which I write every Friday for Santa Barbara SEASONS Magazine.)   Popping the Cork for Mother’s Day One of my favorite things about Mother’s Day is that it’s a terrific excuse reason to have Champagne for breakfast. Of course, you can do this anytime you want—and pretty, […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

by lesliedinaberg on May 8, 2013

Given that I wrote a weekly newspaper column for almost a decade, I guess it’s no surprise that I’ve got a Mother Lode of columns about Mother’s Day. Here are a few of my favorites: The Mother Lode, sometimes hearing just a little bit about someone else’s mother is all it takes to really appreciate […]

The Mother Lode

by lesliedinaberg on May 8, 2013

While she snipped away at my curls, the hairdresser’s caffeinated swirl of invectives about what a terrible mother she had filled me with sympathy. I know there are horrible mothers out there–Mommy Dearest is one of my favorite horror movies–and clearly this girl had been deeply, deeply screwed up somewhere. I just hoped she wouldn’t […]

My Secret Mothers Day Wish

by lesliedinaberg on May 8, 2013

For those of you who have no exposure to TV or calendars or school art projects, it may come as big news that Mother’s Day is coming up. Now, I wouldn’t say no to being showered with diamonds, although I’d settle for a real shower alone for 10 minutes without someone interrupting me on an […]

That Other Mother

by lesliedinaberg on May 8, 2013

I was a much better mother before I actually had a child. I did so many things right back in the old days, when I was that other mother. That other mother lost her pregnancy weight in two weeks, breast fed for three years, and had a child who immediately slept through the night, allowing […]

Mom’s the Word

by lesliedinaberg on May 8, 2013

“You’ll never know how much I love you until you have children of your own.” I can’t tell you how many times I heard those words come out of my mother’s mouth when I was growing up. While other kids’ moms told them to stop making faces or their mouth would freeze that way, or […]