Life

On the hunt for kid-friendly bookstores

After visiting Every Picture Tells a Story last week, we continue on our tour of local independent children’s bookstores. Following the recommendation of several parents, Dash, Zora and Addison visited Children’s Book World. The store occupies three rooms, and its shelves were bursting with books on subjects Santa Monica moms... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Rachel Zients Schinderman

I have something to admit. It’s not anything awful or torrid. It simply is that I am addicted to Facebook. There, I said it. This isn’t actually a major problem like other addictions, except that, at times throughout the day, when I should be paying my son attention, often I find myself logging on to my account. I know it is not... Read more →

Community Profiles

For the patient

OCEAN PARK — For some, the doctor’s office is a dreaded place. Shirlee Jackson set out to change that. Jackson is the CEO of The Green Room Santa Monica, a personal care center designed to cater to the needs of patients. The Green Room offers a plethora of services to those who visit — from providing facials and massages... Read more →

Food

If you can’t take the heat, get a good fire extinguisher

As of Jan. 16, I am officially 41 but I almost did not make it. I owe a debt of gratitude to Keith, a firefighter from northern California who happened to be in the right place at the right time. While attending a soirée hosted by a neighbor, my favorite Elie Tahari sweater began smoking. (I’ve been trying to get him to kick that... Read more →

Columns

Requesting your presence, not just your presents

Dear New Shrink, A friend of mine recently got engaged and I just received an invitation to their engagement party. This is the first engagement party I have been invited to and I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is. Is it required that I bring a gift? If so, what type of gift is appropriate? The invitation does not have any... Read more →

Food

Venturing east of the 405 for grub

I am very impressed with the transformation of Culver City and enjoy strolling along Culver or Washington boulevards in the evening amongst the newly opened cafes, restaurants and bars. What a face-lift this small town has had over the last five years. Every time I go there something new has opened and one of the new eating establishments,... Read more →

Food

Sushi and sake on a budget

I’ve walked by the Hikari Sake House on the corner of Fourth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard hundreds of times. I just assumed it was another typical overpriced sushi place run by another sushi-Gestapo-chef who would order me to leave if I ordered the wrong thing. Finally, I went in with my friend John and, boy, was I wrong! As soon... Read more →

Entertainment

When is ‘An Oak Tree’ not really an oak tree?

It’s hard to believe that Peter Gallagher’s performance was never rehearsed, that the actor appeared onstage to read author/actor Tim Crouch’s convoluted script without ever having seen it before. Gallagher had only words mounted on a clipboard and directions whispered in his ear by Crouch before and during each scene.... Read more →