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For the third straight year, the Santa Barbara Independent presents its annual Homes & Gardens special section, a roundup of profiles, advice, and insight into what makes our developed and cultivated landscapes thrive. This year’s edition looks at a tiny home built by high schoolers, the history of adobe construction, how to make your yard look like Lotusland, and much, much more.

Bryce Aston, Copy Desk Intern

Name: Bryce Aston

Title: Copy Desk Intern

Copy editors are the unsung heroes of all publications. It’s definitely not the job you go into for glory. But — without talking us up too much — I’d agree: copy editors are the backbone, or at least a few vertebrae, of every publication. You’d be surprised how many misspelled names and misused commas we’ve saved the world from.

What do you enjoy most about the copyediting process? The satisfaction. There’s a very clean, rewarding feeling in having picked through something so thoroughly that you think, “All right. This is the best product we can put out, and I helped ensure that.” I take a lot of pride in the publications I work for, and I enjoy trying to make them their best.

What's the trickiest part about it? Picking your battles. When you’re on the fourth proofread and notice a minor issue that you missed before, sometimes you just have to walk away — especially when it’s something only the copy editors of the world would notice and/or care about.

In Print

Isla Vista Chaplain Scott Claassen Runs a Ministry of Surfing and Spirit

UCSB Students Get Close to Creation on the Waves

Isla Vista Chaplain Scott Claassen connects UCSB students to the creation by riding the waves. Read story.

Burger Week 2018 Begins

Our Second Annual Celebration of America’s Favorite Food

It’s our second annual celebration of America’s favorite food. Read story.

Celebrating Summer Solstice

Longest Day of the Year Gets a Hero’s Welcome

The longest day of the year gets a hero’s welcome with parades, food, and fun. Read story.

Santa Barbara Channel Crossing 101

How to Kayak from the Mainland to Channel Islands National Park

How to kayak from the mainland to Channel Islands National Park. Read story.

Go Blue & Green in 2018

'Santa Barbara Independent’ Annual Adventure Guide to the Great Outdoors

The “Santa Barbara Independent” annual adventure guide to the great outdoors. Read story.

SCAPE’s Paintouts Bring Artists and Nature Together

Free Monthly Class Every Second Saturday Combines Fresh Air, Art Skills, and Camaraderie

Free monthly class every second Saturday combines fresh air, art skills, and camaraderie. Read story.

Blazing Trails with Los Padres Forest Association

Four Reasons Why You Should Volunteer in the Los Padres National Forest

Here are four reasons why you should volunteer to work in Los Padres National Forest. Read story.

The Cabanas Now Shading West Beach

Teresa Ramallo-Whalen Now Renting Beach Shacks on Santa Barbara Shoreline

Teresa Ramallo-Whalen now renting beach shacks on Santa Barbara shoreline. Read story.

What’s Up with Santa Barbara’s Front-Country Trails?

Why Popular Routes Remain Closed; Plus, Hiking News from Ojai

Why popular routes remain closed; plus, hiking news from Ojai. Read story.

Join the Sierra Club’s Los Padres Chapter

Find Adventure, Advocacy, and Amore with the Santa Barbara-Ventura Group

Find adventure, advocacy, and amore with the Santa Barbara-Ventura group. Read story.

Adventure for Hire 2018

Companies to Help You Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Check out these companies to help you enjoy the great outdoors. Read story.

Birdwatching at the Santa Rosa Island Research Station

Professor Allison Alvarado Teaches Ornithology to CSU Channel Islands Students

Professor Allison Alvarado teaches ornithology to CSU Channel Islands students. Read story.

The Black Dahlia Never Dies

The Unsolved Mystery of One of the 20th Century’s Most Sensational, Brutal Murders

The unsolved mystery of one of the 20th century’s most sensational, brutal murders. Read story.

Santa Barbara Fights Hunger with Nutrition, School Lunch Programs

More Than 60,000 County Residents Live in Poverty and Struggle for Their Next Meal

More than 60,000 county residents live in poverty and struggle for their next meal. Read story.

Children Go Hungry in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Has the Highest Child Poverty Rate in California

Santa Barbara County has the highest child poverty rate in California. Read story.

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