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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.

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.

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?

Living Lightly on the Pass

I remember when the intersection at State and La Cumbre had only Kelly’s Corner vegetable stand. The pass was new, and the Santa Ynez Valley was rural.

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