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The ABCs of Transpacific Migration

A UC-Santa Barbara professor's life story transcends to the bookshelves. Read story.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

John Kuhn's Mission Pool Tables

American-made gaming supplies coming to you from Mission Street. Read story.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Solar Artist Brian Chandler

Forartist Brian Chandler, what began as a 10-year-old's interest in fire has become his life's work. Now a professional solar carving artist, Chandler-known around town as Solar B-initially drew inspiration from the character Piggy using the lenses of his glasses to start a fire in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Read story.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Dream Foundation

Life is short, but flowers are forever. Well, they may begin to fade after a week or so, but they're a very nice gesture and the Dream Foundation, based in downtown Santa Barbara, has been donating bouquets of colorful blossoms to the sick and elderly for 12 years through a program called Flower Empower. Read story.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Skimming the Surface

Victoria Broje looked at the 30-year-old equipment being used for oil spill clean-up and though she could do better. Read story.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Ken Collier

Ken Collier, who searched the breadth of the nation for happiness and spiritual stability and who has served as minister of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara for the past six years, is retiring from his post this July. Read story.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Harrison Swalley

In 1997, big things were set in motion for a very little guy when his parents couldn't find him a babysitter and had to bring him along to music class, which his mother, Winnie, taught at Hope School. Then just three years old, Harrison Swalley sat in each week and listened to the band, in which his older brother played the euphonium. Eventually Swalley developed a hankering to play. Read story.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Slaughter Sisters

On June 2, State Street is going to the dogs. Of course, this is nothing new. For 13 years now, the Big Dog Parade has rolled from De la Guerra Plaza south to the beach along State Street while featuring more than 1,000 costumed dogs and dozens of elaborately decorated floats. But some floats are more elaborate than others, and two sisters and their 15-year-old Shiba Inu named Yogi are likely going to be a dominant force in the march. Read story.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Mahlon Balderston

Music is forever, but sadly, people must retire. That's what Mahlon Balderston, the celebrated organist for five decades at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, is doing, anyway. Read story.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

John Harris& Fred Kenyon

Most of us rely on our hands for the majority of our work. So did John Harris, until the years of manual massage therapy began to take their toll. Read story.

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Anne Dupee: Oms for All

Every Thursday afternoon, a small group of men and women, ages ranging from 25 to 82, gathers at a downtown studio for a private yoga class, which includes sun salutes, chanting, and other elements of a traditional hatha yoga practice. Read story.

Thursday, May 4, 2006

James Lambden: No Putt-Putt

The engine on James Lambden's boat makes no noise, so sometimes it's hard to tell whether it's off or running full throttle, especially because it tops out at about two-and-a-half miles per hour, and is operated with a watch-sized remote control. Read story.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Andree Steele

Since childhood, Andree Steele has had a passion for history. Growing up in the 1920s and '30s in Choisy-le-Roi, a suburb west of Paris, Steele read her history textbooks "way before the other students," and was always at the top of her classes. Read story.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Eden Marriott Kennedy

If you spot a T-shirt emblazoned "Writing Well Is the Best Revenge," chances are the wearer knows Mrs. Kennedy. Or feels they do. Read story.

Thursday, April 6, 2006

Lori Robinson

One Word: Plastics,/h4>A plague is sweeping the planet as we speak. It cannot be stopped by medicine, nor quarantine, nor insecticides, and it holds the frightening status of an airborne disease; where the wind blows, it goes. This plague is plastic bags. Read story.

Thursday, April 6, 2006
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