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Hitting the Desert Trail

We drove out of Santa Barbara in a downpour, setting the GPS for the high and dry country of Arizona.

To Addiction and Back

Hopefully, our experience can comfort and aid others who feel lost in the maze of embarrassment, disbelief, fear, and worry over a child’s problems with addiction.

Playing Nicely Online

Santa Barbara Middle School parents were recently given a window into their young teenagers’ mysterious cyberworld.

A Toast to Friends

I’d like to raise a cheer for our ”other families”—not our birth families, but our life families, the folks we spend all of the rest of the year with but who don’t really get credit for being family.

A Good Samaritan Named Pete

He raised a family on the modest income of a house painter, but always had an open heart and wallet, and a full dinner plate for the down-and-out. He sang Puccini.

Guns Are Not Babysitters

I would spend the next four hours hovering by the TV with my Barbie doll in one hand and a loaded Luger in the other. You can’t imagine how much a house can creak when you’re eight.

The Story of Sarah

The brave 10-year-old is the heroine of Sarah’s Key, a 2007 novel and now the opening-night movie of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 27, 2011.

Saving What Remains of the Coast

The last 20 miles of undeveloped Southern California coastline is at Gaviota, and Naples its symbolic heart, a parcel that has so far confounded speculators’ schemes. Are its days again numbered?

Sheila Holenda, 1962-2010

Sheila’s unique contribution to the musical scene was her sophisticated wit and intelligence, and boundless energy that generated parodies of artistic self-seriousness.

California Getaway

To some Santa Barbarans, there are times when the town is just too busy, too Saturday-night-boisterous, too crowded with traffic. Just too-too. That’s when they head 45 minutes down the road to little Ojai, cupped in Ventura County’s hills.

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