Columns

On the job training

Dear New Shrink, I started a new job about two weeks ago. I have been waiting for a position like this for a long time but now I have a difficult decision to make. The company only takes off Thanksgiving Day for a holiday and I am expected to work the day before and the day after. My family lives over five hours away and I have been planning... Read more →

Life

Never too soon to start yoga

During our pregnancies, we practiced yoga to try to relieve stress, backaches, and that awful swelling in our knees and ankles. We did specific exercises to help us get our bodies in shape to deliver and keep our minds calm and focused through the excruciating pain of childbirth. After the birth, we attended mommy and me and post-natal... Read more →

Community Profiles

Local teen to dance in the Macy’s Day Parade

PALISADES AVE — Rebecca Hutman is used to being in the spotlight. The 15-year-old Santa Monica resident has danced at Clippers games and school musicals, studio recitals and summer camps. But next week will be a whole other story. Hutman, who lives by Goose Egg Park, will be watched by 2 million spectators and an estimated 65... Read more →

Entertainment

A sweet play of great value entertains

What if bygones are never bygones? What happens to a man, betrayed by a friend, who seethes in anger and bitterness for the next 30 years? And what happens to that former friend who has, ostensibly, “put the past behind him,” but has to live with the ineradicable knowledge of that betrayal and the shadow it casts over the rest of... Read more →

Food

Increasing your carotenoid intake

A guy walks into a doctor’s office with a carrot in his ear and a piece of celery up his nose. The doctor told him he wasn’t eating right. Badum-bum. Last week we looked at vitamin A’s uses and food sources. Although toxicity used to be rare, with the increase in supplements and topical creams that contain vitamin A, there... Read more →

Entertainment

‘Pirate Radio’ hits all the right notes

Just like listening to your favorite rock record, the film “Pirate Radio” is an enjoyable ride through the human soul. Written and directed by Richard Curtis (“Love Actually”), the movie is a comedic exploration of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll culture. Set in 1966 England and the cold waters of the North... Read more →

Book Review

‘Downtown USA: A Personal Journey with the Homeless’

If you are looking for a book that can help you humanize the homeless, this is the one. Author Susan Madden Lankford has lovingly spent some time with the San Diego homeless chronicling the story. She even lets some of the citizens write journals of their experience. Lankford took the photos. They are black and white and stark. The book... 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 →

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 →

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 →