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American Idol Grand Finale

Santa Barbaran Kathy McColm travels to L.A. for a live taping of the popular music show. Read story.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Letting Go

An abuse survivor finds solace and empowerment at the S.B. Rape Crisis Center. Read story.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Heart of Thanksgiving Is Giving Thanks

Memories of holidays past and present. Read story.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tale of Two Sisters

Verbally abused by a Catholic school nun, Ann Winter heals her pain by making amends with the sister decades later. Read story.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Upwardly Mobile Housing Delivers Affordable Luxury

Soon I reluctantly will leave Santa Barbara, but I cannot depart without revealing my secret to buying low-cost luxury housing in this pricey paradise. Read story.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tales of the Unemployed: A Chiropractor's Lament

Eight years of college and $100,000 in student loans does not equal work. Read story.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

It's Dia de los Muertos, Carlos Brown!

Some thoughts on candy skulls in a land in which the jack-o'-lantern is king. Read story.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Answers as Questions, Auditions as Learning Experiences

An Indy intern tries out for Jeopardy!, leaves with a story and a key chain. Read story.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rival Gang Members Join Together in Peace

Aqeela Sherrills and Calvin Hodges grew up on opposite sides of the tracks during the bloody gang conflicts of the Watts neighborhood in south L.A. Aqeela was a member of the Crips gang and Calvin was a member of the Bloods. They now both work for peace and reconciliation in Watts at the Community Self-Determination Institute (CSDI). Read story.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans

I'd been back to New Orleans since Katrina, for the first post-Katrina JazzFest, the festival that, over a decade's worth of years, had endeared the city to me. Read story.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Back Home Again

An evacuee tells her emotionally draining experience of being put out of her home. Read story.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wheels of Hope

Heart rate through the roof, lungs burning, pedal stroke erratic. Read story.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Rape Survivor Overcomes Trauma

Iwas raped in the fall. I was 17. He was my first boyfriend. Read story.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mustache March Rocks Santa Barbara

"This gives us a really fun reason to get behind a great cause," said Jenny. Read story.

Monday, March 17, 2008

White Christmas

The old Bing Crosby movie is cheesy, but who among us hasn't dreamed of being in the midst of one of those Nineteenth Century Victorian Christmas card scenes? Read story.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007
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