Columns

Coping with the loss of a friend

Dear New Shrink, I am at a loss. My friend and I have known each other 20 years. He moved away four years ago, but we talked regularly. I must mention he is bipolar and bisexual. We had an ongoing affair after his first divorce, and we both enjoyed that aspect of our lives. Before Christmas we talked and he never mentioned anything to me... Read more →

Entertainment

Twilight in winter

CityTV Santa Monica is bringing some warm vibes to the month of February, airing concerts from last summer’s Twilight Dance Series. Airing at 11 p.m. nightly on Channel 16, plus back-to-back music marathons on Saturdays starting at 8 p.m., viewers will be able to experience a wide variety of musicians from around the globe playing... Read more →

Food

Not another Italian restaurant

BROADWAY — Whenever a new restaurant opens, my sister says, “Not another Italian restaurant!” A friend who works at Cal Tech claims that when man finally gets to Mars, he or she will find a Starbucks on one corner and an Italian restaurant on the other. And so with trepidation I went to the new Hostaria del Piccolo on Sixth... Read more →

Food

Tour a Farmers’ Market with Michael from Michael’s

I have often heard of Michael’s in Santa Monica and have walked by it many times but never had a chance to visit until recently and was pleasantly surprised. I met a friend for a late lunch and we were seated in the back garden, which was beautifully decorated for the holidays; full of poinsettias and little white lights. This is a... Read more →

Entertainment

John Lithgow: Charm and humor and talent, O my

We’ve all seen John Lithgow on the stage or screen at one time or another. As five-time Emmy Award winner in the television series “Third Rock From the Sun." Or as a two-time winner of Broadway’s Tony Award (for “Changing Room" and “Sweet Smell of Success"). And certainly we remember him in the... Read more →

Health

Cutting calories key to weight loss

New Year’s Eve and all the indulgence are gone. The parties, the booze, the sweets and treats are done. The late night eating is done. The “Oh, I’ll just have these broken cookies” (broken cookies don’t count when tallying up calories — yeah, right) are done. But most importantly the excuses are done.... Read more →

Health

Downtown spa offers vaginal steam baths

DOWNTOWN — Right now, in an upscale underground spa in Santa Monica, an ancient Korean ritual is taking place and women of all ethnicities are benefiting from this newly rekindled tradition — the vaginal steam bath. Yes, that’s right, ladies. The V-Steam (also called “chai-yok”) has been at the forefront of... Read more →

Food

Drago not twice as nice

The best way to get a response to an article is to say something is the “best,” or create a list of the “best,” like the best Italian restaurant, or the best hamburger. Those two always seem to get a rise out of folks. So when I wrote that Locanda del Lago is perhaps the best Italian restaurant in Santa Monica, I was... Read more →

Food

Living long, healthy lives without breaking the bank

How do you live to be a 103, look like you’re 75 and still have your wits about you? I want to know. So I’ve been asking the only person I know who fits this description. She is a feisty 103-year-old woman who happens to reside where I work, in a rehab hospital. She looks to be about 75. She puts on a suit every day. She does her... Read more →

Columns

What’s more important in a romance, actions or words?

Dear New Shrink, My boyfriend and I are extremely close. We have been together for a year, and since the beginning, he has always been emotionally available through his actions, how he treats me, etc. However, I can never get him to express his feelings. He talks about fear of attachment, and says he never wants to be dependent on someone, or... Read more →

Columns

Dressing for success

Dear New Shrink, For many years I have worked in an office where a specific dress code has not been enforced. I have enjoyed this environment and have taken advantage of the flexibility by dressing casually. However, I recently had dinner with a friend of mine who mentioned that I might not be reaching my full potential with my firm because... Read more →

Columns

Resolutions: Resolve to take baby steps

Dear New Shrink, You won’t believe this, but my husband and I actually got into an argument over New Year’s resolutions. It’s nothing serious, mostly silly but I thought I would ask your opinion on it. I won’t say whom, but one of us thinks that resolutions are nonsense and the other thinks that they are important... Read more →

Columns

10 steps to finding career success in 2011

The end of the year is the perfect time to begin thinking about what’s important to you and what you want to focus on over the coming year. Whether you are looking for a new career or looking for ways to secure or advance your current one, there are a number of things that you can do to make sure that 2011 is your year of career... Read more →