Columns

Paying attention to red flags

Dear New Shrink, Why do people ignore “red flags?” I know I have done it in the past with relationships. I now know better but never really understood why I did it. And now we are hearing about it again and again on the news. Why are we all so stupid? Signed, Do Not Understand Dear Do Not Understand, You ask a really interesting... Read more →

Food

Enjoying the classics at Capo

As a food person who teaches cooking, I often get asked what my favorite restaurant in L.A. is — a daunting question for anyone due to the magnitude and expanse of such a place as Los Angeles. How about narrowing it down a bit. Why not wonder what my favorite Italian place in Santa Monica is. Now we can actually have a stab at an... Read more →

Mommie Brain

What’s in a name?

I always wanted to hear the word, “Mommy” and know it was directed at me. When I was a child, it was just me and my mother, “Mommie” as I call her, or as she sometimes signed her notes, “Mom E.” (Her name is Eileen.) And so to me, Mommie meant life, home, support. Love. It was where I got everything.... Read more →

Life

ICE offers a taste of tradition

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of winters in Boston, sledding in the Boston Common, skiing along the Charles River, and ice skating on the duck pond in the Public Garden. Ice skating for me was a big part of growing up. My mom taught me how to skate before I could walk. My brother and I spent countless hours with our friends... Read more →

Community Profiles

Competing by the numbers

DOWNTOWN — Tammy McLeod has always been a little competitive. Just months after picking up ballroom dancing, McLeod, 32, was already training to compete. After a venture into scuba diving, McLeod took more and more classes until she became a certified rescue diver. And most recently? McLeod turned her interest in Sudoku —... Read more →

Entertainment

With friends like these …

What are friends for? “To blow the whistle on you when you’re insane,” according to the playwright. Can you build an entire play around this premise? You can if you’re John Patrick Shanley, whose popular plays and films have won him a Tony, an Oscar and a Pulitzer Prize. Shanley’s 1988 play “Italian... Read more →

Food

An ode to orange

I love the color orange so much that I bought a pair of orange boots. But when I was a child I hated the fact that my hair was orange and the kids used to call me “carrot top.” As an adult and a dietitian, I cherish the idea of being compared to a super-food, especially this time of year when orange vegetables are plentiful.... Read more →

Food

Raw never tasted so good

DOWNTOWN — For weeks, prior to my trip to Santa Monica, I had been hearing about Planet Raw and how much everyone enjoys it. Well, having been raw for a while, I expected “just another raw restaurant.” Therefore, I arrived prepared to order a nice salad, maybe a vegetable pâté, a possible smoothie on the side,... Read more →

Columns

Don’t get strapped to your work desk

Dear New Shrink, Some might consider me a workaholic. While I have always been dedicated to my job I am continuing to find it harder to find time for my friends and, most importantly, my new husband. I know that many people struggle with work/life balance issues but it’s really tough when it’s you who is dealing with the constant... Read more →

Life

Adventures in arachnophobia

For a little post-Halloween creepy, crawly fun, we decided to explore the Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum near USC. It was a surprise. We expected box after box of big hairy arachnids. Instead, housed outside the museum in the site of the Butterfly Pavilion, the spiders were left free to roam the bushes and build their webs... Read more →