The Incredible Shrinking Brain

Someone recently told me aging is all about shrinking. It's true, as most of us know, that we lose height as our spinal cords compress with too many years of standing upright. There are those shrinking opportunities that diminish as youngsters take over the asylum. And then there is genitalia : but we won't go there. Read story.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Making a Conscious Relationship Work

As established in last week's column: Relationships may be easy in the initial sprint, but difficult to go the marathon distance. (As if you need a column to establish that one!) So let's roll up our sleeves and get right to it. Read story.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Importance of Making Relationships Conscious

Relationships are funny things. They torment us, they make us say and do things we never thought we could do. They can make us feel sullen on a sunny day and often energize our fantasies in ways we can't talk about in polite society. Yet everyone I know wants one. Read story.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Men of an Uncertain Age

"Can't live with 'em, can't live without them."So goes the saucy statement men are fond of saying about the female side of the human equation. But if you ask those who live with the critters called men, you might get: "Can't live with 'em, and can't imagine putting up with this until he's ninety!" Young ones are more adorable perhaps and can be therefore better tolerated. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Excessive Exercise

In our modern age, excessiveness is out, rehab is in. We've got programs to alleviate slavish dedications to booze, food, your abusive spouse, celebrity delinquency, sex, drugs, and even rock 'n' roll. Read story.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Therapy Options for Paying Customers

I explored in a feature article the lay of the land when it comes to low cost mental health services. The consensus was that although there are excellent community counseling centers hereabouts and County Mental Health, which receives very mixed reviews, is trying its best to bring services up to par for the more seriously impaired or financially restricted. Read story.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Yearning for the Simple Life

As the Days of Our Lives get shorter, I find myself seized by a strange new obsession: Simplicity. I don't think I am alone. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

State of Being

To the world at large, Santa Barbara is the American Riviera where happy rich folks frolic on fabulous estates and there is no sorrow or trouble. As Borat would say: "Not!" While there is much privilege, there is also marital strife, depression, suicide, eating disorders, acting-out teenagers, and, increasingly, the streets of Santa Barbara are home to many untreated mentally ill homeless people. Read story.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Hopeful Health News

All health-related news doesn't necessarily mean bad news. Dr. Michael Seabaugh discusses various studies indicating what modern science is looking into as possible measures for prolonging and bettering human life-sometimes through means that aren't half bad. Read story.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Going Long for the Valentine

Love is one thing when you are first taking the plunge. It is quite another when you are midstream, and yet something altogether different when you are reaching the other shore. While Mr. Hallmark continues to make his fortune pandering to those who are gleefully jumping in, I toil on the banks, trying to help those already well down the river; the ones who are floundering a bit with fatigue, treading water, or fantasizing about bailing. Read story.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Long Time Passing

Dr. Michael Seabaugh considers the evolution of the Baby Boomer generation and how their collective mores have morphed as they became grown-ups. What might the differences between the Boomers and their offspring portend for the future of the country? Read story.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

The Art of Posturing

Even if you might not judge a book by its cover, you might be getting an impression of people on the street just by the way they carry themselves. Healthspan columnist Dr. Michael Seabaugh asks those in the know about why posture is important, both to how a person presents him or herself and for health reasons as well. Read story.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

I'm Really Losing It

Making the decision to lose weight and actually shedding the pounds are two different things, as anyone who's tried and failed to do so already knows. Dr. Michael Seabaugh shares his tips for making the process easier-and, perhaps even more importantly, making it successful as well. Read story.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Slowing Down Time

A few suggestions about how to make 2007 seem a little bit longer than 2006 - or at least appreciate it a bit more - from our health columnist and would-be time traveler Dr. Seabaugh. Read story.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Aging Party Animal

Awonderful friend of mine named Sarah recently celebrated her birthday, attaining the ripe old age of 35. Her devoted husband, Joe, organized an eclectic group of friends to help her over the hump. At around 10 p.m., Sarah's birthday party departed the restaurant where we were eating and began its joyful migration to the Wildcat Lounge for its apogee. Read story.

Thursday, January 4, 2007
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