Food

The healthy panini movement

Now that I’m in my reduced sugar intake phase, I’ve been visiting restaurants that claim to be organic, sugar free, or otherwise oriented toward healthy foods. The common denominator so far seems to be the panini sandwich. I suppose the correct spelling in the singular is panino, but no one seems to use that. When I was young we... Read more →

Columns

Resolutions won’t work if you have a problem

Dear New Shrink, I have tried to stop drinking but have not been able to, even after getting a DUI. But I feel ready and have made a New Year’s resolution to stop! My family wants me to go to rehab but I really do not think I need it. What do you think? How do others do it? Signed, Determined Dear Determined, You can resolve all you... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Losing baby weight takes a leap of faith

For those of you who follow this column, you know that a little ways back I made a very grand and public declaration about my commitment to lose those last 10 pounds from my pregnancy and get back into shape. I started working out with a trainer (Laura Hebert of SantaMonicaSweat.com), I returned to Weight Watchers, I vowed to try any and all... Read more →

Columns

New year brings change

With each new year I am reminded of making resolutions. While many of our new year’s resolutions have to do with getting in shape, eating better, or finding more time for family or friends, some of your resolutions may deal with your career or financial success. The start of the year is the perfect time to begin thinking about... Read more →

Community Profiles

A cut above

PICO BLVD — The words “barber shop” may call to mind any number of images. Some picture men in striped jackets singing a-cappella at a county fair; others may recall images from macabre musical theatre, of straight razors dripping with blood. For Lino Lares, the words “barber shop” have a slightly different... Read more →

Columns

New year brings new career possibilities

With each new year I am reminded of making resolutions. While many of our new year’s resolutions have to do with getting in shape, eating better, or finding more time for family or friends, some of your resolutions may deal with your career or financial success. The end of the year is the perfect time to begin thinking about... Read more →

Food

A shiksa’s kosher Christmas

Although I was raised to celebrate Christmas, this year seemed to be my time to explore some other holiday traditions. I attended a holiday party hosted by a Jewish family who follow a kosher lifestyle. A neighbor invited me for a kosher meal on Christmas Eve. Then there was my visit to the kosher winery a few weeks ago. And I’ve been... Read more →

Community Profiles

71-year-old completes major trek

SM PIER — For many tourists, the Route 66 sign that marks the terminus of the historic roadway on the Santa Monica Pier makes for a good photo-op. For 71-year-old Emory Duick, the signpost means a lot more: the end of a grueling and improbable journey. A retired youth employment counselor for the state of Illinois, Duick set out on a... Read more →

Community Profiles

A Westside state of mind

For as long as it’s existed, California has held a special place in the hearts of Americans everywhere. From the “Forty-Niners” who sailed around Cape Horn in search of gold, to the “Okies” who sought a haven here after the destruction left by the Dust Bowl, people have always looked to California as a land of... Read more →

Columns

Struggling with holiday temptations

Dear New Shrink, Everyone is talking about how to avoid all the temptations right now. The holidays seem to bring overindulgence, whether it’s eating, drinking or overspending. Since no one seems to know, I thought I would ask you. Signed, Clueless Dear Clueless, There is no question that for many, the holiday spirit is an excuse to... Read more →