Community Profiles

Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader

ROSE BOWL — Geoffrey Strand looks forward, then back, then forward, holding up a sign directing the crowd when it’s time to scream. “Not yet,” the sign reads, Strand glances back quickly at the field. No movement yet. “Not yet.” Strand looks back again, sees the Arizona State Sun Devils prepare to line... Read more →

Food

Dieting never takes a holiday

According to a commercial from a popular cereal company, “When it comes to dieting, the more options you have, the more likely you are to stay on track.” Excuse my French, but that is complete bull! They are just trying to get you to buy each of their eight different versions of dry cereal. In fact, according to at least 20... Read more →

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 →

Food

No bliss found at new age dinner

My husband and I were invited to experience an unusual food event the other night at 1418 Abbott Kinney called Bare Naked Bliss. The lovely center that hosted it, Ascended Living, is on the second floor of a building that promotes itself as an urban oasis. We “ascended” the stairs and were greeted by the hostess, Suzanne Toro, a... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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

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

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 →

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 →