City slickers meet Old McDonald

I loved visiting my grandparents’ 5-acre farm during the summers of my childhood. My grandfather kept a menagerie of animals in his big red barn, including a cow that tried to eat my little brother’s straw-colored hair. My cousins, brother and I played outside all day with the horses, donkeys, ponies, dogs, and scores of barn... Read more →

Community Profiles

Aiding the underdog

WILSHIRE BLVD — Gary Adams was going to be a CEO. That was the plan, at least, when he entered college at the University of California, Davis. “Plans” are fickle things, though, and — fortunately for hundreds of dogs and cats — Adams’s plan changed. “I was always that kid who brought home wounded... Read more →


The $1 billion Valentine tree

This year as Valentine’s Day approaches consider, for just one moment, where that scrumptious chocolate came from, and you might be surprised to know that it is a gift from the chocolate tree. The story of chocolate dates back at least 3,200 years to the time of the Olmec peoples of Middle America — it is rich with history,... Read more →


Try it, it’s orgasmic

Oo, Oh, Oo, Oohh, Oh, God, Ooo, Oh, God, Oohh, Ah, Oo, Oh God, Oh yea right there, Uhh, uhh, uhh, Oh, Oh, Oh God, Oh. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Uhh, uhhh, Oh, Yes, Yes, Yes, Oh Yes, Yes Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Uhh. Oh, oh, oh. Oh, God. She takes another bite and an observer chimes in, “I’ll have what she’s having.” A... Read more →


Keller arrives at Bouchon

Thomas Keller, thought by many to be America’s best chef, leads the French Laundry’s restaurant team in Napa Valley. The people responsible for lists of the world’s leading restaurants often include some subset of Keller’s restaurants — the list of Keller’s restaurants includes the very successful Per Se... Read more →


Introducing tots to the joys of painting

During the “rainy season,” what passes for our winter, we look for indoor activities to keep the kids busy. We also love the idea of homemade gifts for the holidays, so we are sharing our experiences at Color Me Mine and Paint:Lab in time for your kids to create their own works of art for Valentine’s Day. Opening the door to... Read more →

Community Profiles

Creating a fire line

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — When Santa Monica Fire Chief Jim Hone steps down Feb. 11 after 30 years of service, the one thing he will miss most is you. The 55-year-old, who has been credited with enhancing the Santa Monica Fire Department’s ability to respond to natural disasters and acts of terrorism, said serving the residents,... Read more →


Lose weight by singing for your sustenance

Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti … Tea, it’s one of the few foods/beverages recommended to actually help when you sing. Otherwise, vocal experts recommend avoiding dairy products, caffeine, salty foods, foods that cause gas or bloating, alcohol, stimulants, antihistamines and decongestants. Basically, anything that will dry you out,... Read more →


Baking a difference

CALABASAS — My mom, Audrey Koz, was one of those incredible people who made a lasting impression on everyone she knew. Audrey was a pharmacist by profession. As such, she knew that the “best medicine” was a great homemade chocolate chip cookie. My mom’s cookies were made with love and people always told her they were... Read more →


Might those bratty kids actually be depressed?

Dear New Shrink, After reading your article about depression in men, I couldn’t help but wonder if my son could be depressed. He is only 7, but he is irritable and has a lot of stomach aches. I know children are moody and unmanageable but can they actually get depressed? Signed, Curious Mom Dear Curious Mom, Absolutely your son could... Read more →


On the hunt for kid-friendly bookstores

After visiting Every Picture Tells a Story last week, we continue on our tour of local independent children’s bookstores. Following the recommendation of several parents, Dash, Zora and Addison visited Children’s Book World. The store occupies three rooms, and its shelves were bursting with books on subjects Santa Monica moms... Read more →

Mommie Brain

Rachel Zients Schinderman

I have something to admit. It’s not anything awful or torrid. It simply is that I am addicted to Facebook. There, I said it. This isn’t actually a major problem like other addictions, except that, at times throughout the day, when I should be paying my son attention, often I find myself logging on to my account. I know it is not... Read more →

Community Profiles

For the patient

OCEAN PARK — For some, the doctor’s office is a dreaded place. Shirlee Jackson set out to change that. Jackson is the CEO of The Green Room Santa Monica, a personal care center designed to cater to the needs of patients. The Green Room offers a plethora of services to those who visit — from providing facials and massages... Read more →


If you can’t take the heat, get a good fire extinguisher

As of Jan. 16, I am officially 41 but I almost did not make it. I owe a debt of gratitude to Keith, a firefighter from northern California who happened to be in the right place at the right time. While attending a soirée hosted by a neighbor, my favorite Elie Tahari sweater began smoking. (I’ve been trying to get him to kick that... Read more →