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 →


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 →


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 →


Finding the best burger in Santa Monica

Years ago “American” fast food meant hamburgers, maybe fried chicken. Now it means pizza and tacos, those real “American” foods. But hamburgers are still very popular, and served in a lot of restaurants. So it’s not an easy task to ferret out the very best in any area, and only a highly paid, dedicated reporter... Read more →


Brother from a different mother?

Dear New Shrink, I have two children and I love them both. But they are as different as different can be. One is in the business world — financial banking — and the other is a therapist, like you, but her credentials are somewhat different. In any event, both are smart, accomplished and have always been thoughtful. Since my... Read more →


Pacific Park expected to sell for $34M

SM PIER — Popular Santa Monica attraction Pacific Park is set to be sold for $34 million, with final approval of the sale expected to come during tonight’s City Council meeting, a staff report stated. If the council approves the sale, City Manager Rod Gould would be authorized to complete the deal. Santa Monica Amusements, the... Read more →


Bilal: an authentic dining experience

When my wife and I went into the AT&T store in Santa Monica to complain about their service, I guess we were a bit too emphatic. The salesperson called the manager. But the manager turned out to be a nice guy, if impotent to solve the problem. He was clearly from some foreign place, so, as is my custom, I asked him where, and he said... Read more →

Book Review

‘Spoken from the Heart’

Strong women are what we need today. It takes a strong woman to stand beside a man who has the nations in his hands. It has been a tradition for wives of American presidents to write memoirs, it seems. Laura Bush, who is a very private person, has done so. In 1949 it was Eleanor Roosevelt who wrote “This I Remember.” As far back... Read more →


Holiday season a great time to reconnect

Dear New Shrink, I have been told that the holidays present an excellent time to strengthen your network. What can I do to reconnect with those that I no longer see and meet new individuals without seeming desperate or tacky? Signed, Holiday Connection Dear Connection, Sometimes it can be awkward to reach out to those you have lost touch... Read more →


Beating the holiday bulge

The holidays are upon us, and, in addition to a few weeks off of work, for many of us that means a plethora of cookies, baked goods, Christmas pudding, pies, ice cream and lots of booze … everywhere. OMG it’s a caloric nightmare! For me those baked goods and office parties translate to way too many calories that I do not want on... Read more →


Not normal, just spectacular 

Take the intense drama of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," add the unique unmelody of a Stephen Sondheim-ish score, and set it in a jazzed-up version of the three-story house in “August-Osage County,” and you have a semblance of the excruciatingly moving madness of “Next to... Read more →


All I want for Christmas is a Maserati

With Christmas just three weeks away, you may be wondering what to get that special woman in your life. Well, as a woman, I have some ideas of my own: a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in ice blue for a mere $300, or a Maserati Gran Turismo in matte blue Mediterranean for around $130,000. If you’re really trying to win her heart, then... Read more →


Loco for Locanda del Lago

I have lunch at Lago at least once a week, and dinner at least once a month. At lunch it’s become the “place to meet” for the French business community in Santa Monica. Yes, it serves Italian food, not French, but you can sit outside and there is an excellent selection of dishes at very reasonable prices. The French are... Read more →


Exodus from Germany brings exiles and émigrés

“I am not an émigré, I am an exile,” playwright Bertolt Brecht insisted, and he proved his point by returning to Germany soon after the end of World War II. But many of his countrymen remained in America, finding a haven and founding an artistic community in the film industry of Hollywood. Their relationships and... Read more →