Hey, that was my idea!

Dear New Shrink, I often come up with new ideas at work which I enjoy sharing with my team. However, several times now I have shared ideas with no immediate feedback. However, soon after someone else will re-state my idea and it will then move forward. I am concerned that I am not getting acknowledged for my ideas and that others are taking... Read more →


Fishburne riveting in ‘Thurgood’

At the same moment that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was being chided by the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee for having clerked for the suddenly demonic “activist judge,” Thurgood Marshall, Marshall himself, in the person of actor Laurence Fishburne, was enthralling audiences in a dynamic nearly two-hour... Read more →

Community Profiles

Samohi’s Kilroy is to the rescue

DOWNTOWN — Megan Kilroy’s favorite place to go in town is the Santa Monica Pier. She thinks its crowded and touristy, but she loves looking out over the edge and watching the waves crash against the pillars. But when she sees a plastic bag floating in the water, her heart breaks a little bit. “I was just so mad, I just... Read more →


C + C = major results

It’s been a long, arduous road to getting back in shape. I won’t lie. Sometimes getting up, going to the gym and making yourself sweat until you feel like you’re going to pass out, or pushing yourself to go that extra notch higher on the step mill, is not what you want to do when you roll out of bed. You make a choice. You... Read more →


Whooping cough: What every parent should know

Last month, news reports confirmed that whooping cough is now an epidemic in California. Physicians have since been inundated with calls from concerned parents. As the disease spreads both in California and nationwide it is important that parents inform themselves about pertussis (whooping cough), both what it is and what their vaccine and... Read more →

Book Review

‘The Lightning Thief’

There are stories people tell of mortals and immortals at one time living together and producing offspring — half man and half god. They are stories found in our mythology. Ages pass and the stories are forgotten or at least relegated to story books. But what if there were some truth to it? Author Rick Riordan works from that premise... Read more →


Michael McGee vs. the vampires

If you want to see acting at its very best, then you must see Michael McGee’s extraordinary performance at the SFS Theatre on Melrose. The play is “St. Nicholas,” by the highly acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson (“The Weir,” “Shining City,” “The Seafarer”). Beautifully written as... Read more →


Advice for all you lonely hearts

Dear New Shrink, I read your article on loneliness and got discouraged because I am lonely. I do have friends and I think that I do connect with them, but I do not have a love relationship. It seems like most of my friends do and actually, many of them are getting married soon or are already married. Is something wrong with me? Can you tell... Read more →


Local parks offer plenty for tots

We just got back from a trip to Boston, the city that I grew up in. It was the first time Addison visited “mama’s home” as she quickly started calling it. She had a wonderful time park hopping with her Grandmarie. The heart of Boston is the Public Garden, home of the swan boats and Mr. & Mrs. Mallard and their eight... Read more →

Community Profiles

Vet keeps the ball rolling

THIRD STREET — While the rest of the world is focused on the nail-biting intensity of World Cup soccer matches, 82 year-old Melanie Downing is gearing up for another competition; The Veteran’s Wheelchair Games. Now, one may wonder, how can she possibly compete in a sports competition at her age? Well, Melanie Downing is no... Read more →


Performing at a high level takes the right fuel

During a recent visit to Pennsylvania, my home state, I told a friend that I was living in Santa Monica. Her response was, “Wow! That’s like the Mecca of beach volleyball.” She lives for volleyball. I don’t know if Santa Monica actually is the Mecca of beach volleyball, but there certainly are a lot of volleyball nets... Read more →


Busting through the wall

Twenty pounds, everyone. Twenty fabulous pounds! Two weeks ago I was lamenting that I’d hit a wall in my weight loss program. I’m happy to report I slammed through that wall like the Karate Kid on crack and am now officially halfway to my goal weight. So how did I do it? Well, it was easier than I thought thanks to a few simple... Read more →


‘In the Heights’ will leave you on a high

Nestled at the foot of the George Washington Bridge, way past all the trendy restaurants and the streets of neatly gentrified brownstones, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is the neighborhood called Washington Heights. When I lived there as a child the community was made up, mostly, of middle-class German Jewish immigrants. But that was... Read more →


Shakespeare in the woods

By Taylor Van Arsdale Special to the Daily Press A rustic wooden stage set in the midst of bucolic Topanga Canyon and a clear night under the stars is the perfect setting in which to see any of Shakespeare’s plays. Now is no different as the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, a 299-seat outdoor amphitheater carved into the Topanga... Read more →


Traveling a long way for love

Dear New Shrink, My boyfriend of two years recently got a job offer on the east coast. While I would consider our relationship strong, I am concerned about whether we can handle long distance or whether I can afford to quit my job to follow him across the country. Do you have any advice for evaluating job prospects for moving to a new... Read more →