Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.
-Gary Trudeau

Doing the math on divorce

by lesliedinaberg on November 12, 2013

“Divorce is contagious, be careful,” warned my friend Emily, who recently split from her husband, following the no-longer-rose-petal-strewn paths of three of her bridesmaids. Where weddings–and vodka shots–once encouraged romance and marriages, divorces can also ripple through groups of friends faster than a case of head lice in a classroom of kindergarteners. Fortunately for me, […]

Time Is On My Side

by lesliedinaberg on November 2, 2013

This Sunday is my favorite day of the year. There’s something magical about the day we “fall back.” Think about it. How often do you wish you had an extra hour of sleep, or an extra hour to pour over the Sunday Times, do the crossword puzzle, or linger over brunch, or even an extra […]

In a lather

by lesliedinaberg on October 31, 2013

I have a really, really, really embarrassing confession to make. I hope you won’t think less of me, but I’m trying to come to terms with something I’ve kept hidden for far too long. I’m addicted to teen soap operas. “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill,” “Privileged,” I’ve got the whole CW oeuvre on my DVR. […]

Keeping the chore score

by lesliedinaberg on October 1, 2013

I’m writing this column to start fights between husbands and wives, at least that’s what the husband of one of my friends claimed. An informal survey of friends verified what social science research confirmed about what goes on in the average American home. Any way you measure it, very little has changed in the roles […]

A moan to Lisa

by lesliedinaberg on September 11, 2013

I never thought I’d see the day, but it’s finally happened: Lisa is on the endangered species list. I knew so many Lisa’s growing up that it’s one of the few names that doesn’t conjure up any specific imagery for me–other than a girl who’s about my age. There are lots and lots of 40-something […]

Oh my, Miley

by lesliedinaberg on September 3, 2013

Author’s Note: If only Miley’s parents had read this column when I first published it back in 2008. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus, Dear Mr. and Mrs. Montana, To the parents of Miley Cyrus (a.k.a. Hannah Montana) or whatever the heck you call yourselves, You’re breaking my acky breaky heart. Have you learned nothing from […]

Keeping it Green: Cozy Charm Meets Environmental Friendliness

by lesliedinaberg on September 1, 2013

Combining cozy quaintness with modern conveniences was the goal when Linda and Jerry Gutterman decided to remodel their 1930’s cottage. As much as they loved the homey feel of their tiny, 1,086 square foot abode, they wanted more room, and used their remodel as an opportunity to create a greener, healthier and more energy efficient […]

The Boob Business Boom

by lesliedinaberg on August 27, 2013

The economy may be tanking but there are some bright spots on the horizon–when it comes to new plastic surgery-related products, our cups runneth over. Love it or loathe it, plastic surgery is here to stay–at least until products like Zoft Breast Enhancement Gum and Max Enhance Natural Breast Enhancement Cream actually work–and a whole […]

Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down With Gayle Beebe

by lesliedinaberg on August 22, 2013

When Gayle Beebe is inaugurated as the eighth president of Westmont College this weekend, he’ll speak on a subject dear to his heart: Global Education. But prior to that, he spoke to us about life at the college, his family, how he’s adapting to Santa Barbara, and Westmont’s facility upgrades. LD: How did you end […]

Spring Break With Java Boy

by lesliedinaberg on July 29, 2013

Ah, that rich, strong aroma of coffee. Its anticipation is the only thing that makes getting out of bed worthwhile most of the time. I understand the attraction to coffee and why some might call it an addiction. I really do. Not that I’m addicted. I can quit anytime I want to. I quit when […]