Saying goodbye is never easy

Dear New Shrink, I am interested in a comment you made in one of your last columns where you said “if you are good with someone before you lose them, you will do much better with the loss.” This struck a chord with me because my best friend was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Unfortunately his doctors did not catch this... Read more →


Fighting juvenile diabetes with vitamin D

With 15,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., juvenile Type 1 diabetes is a significant health problem, a silent killer of sorts. In fact, Type 1 diabetes is the second most common chronic disease in kids today, second only to asthma. While Type 2 diabetes tops headlines as the nation struggles with the obesity epidemic, Type 1... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Walking a mile in his shoes

I went to Guatemala two years ago to study at a writer’s workshop. The host encouraged us to pack a second bag of shoes for the local children. I did as she asked and was thrilled to help. One by one the children came up to where the shoes were spread out and, with many others waiting behind and no time to try them on, they picked a... Read more →

Community Profiles

Scouts honor

DOWNTOWN — One school was in desperate need of new backpack racks and shelves for its kindergarten class. Another wanted to refurbish storage bins and paint concrete trash cans to make the campus more attractive. Alejandro Villero and Garrett Cheung delivered. Sunday, surrounded by family, friends and fellow Boy Scouts, Villero and... Read more →


Samohi musicians make national orchestra

SAMOHI — A pair of Santa Monica High School students recently showcased their musical capabilities during a weekend of playing with some of the most talented young musicians in the country. Emily Wong and Matthew Van Pelt, both seniors at Samohi, played as members of the 2010 American String Teachers Association National High School... Read more →


Putting a rude colleague in her place

Dear New Shrink, You know those people who are rude no matter what. I can normally tolerate this behavior for a short amount of time, however, the person I have in mind is someone that I work with. I have a good relationship with most of my colleagues, but one woman is rude beyond belief. She spends most of her day complaining and when I ask... Read more →


East is worth the trip to Hollywood

I rarely drive into Hollywood for dinner — only when something very special takes me there. And I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to the décor in a restaurant; I’m mostly focused on my comfort level. I usually am most attentive to the food. But when my friend Paul McCloskey invited us to dinner at a restaurant... Read more →


Catering to kids

Kid-friendly restaurants come in all different shapes and sizes. One restaurant was actually built for kids. Giggles ‘n Hugs on Wilshire Boulevard near Bundy Drive really sets the bar for kid friendly. The owner, unable to find a place to eat with her daughter that was truly geared toward children, decided to start one. From its... Read more →

Community Profiles

Shining light on genetic cancer risks

NOMA — As Joi Morris knows, the truth can be scary. However, Morris recently made learning the truth about heightened risks of breast and ovarian cancer caused by gene mutations a little easier through her book, “Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions When You’re at High Risk for Breast or Ovarian Cancer.” The... Read more →