Something doesn’t smell right

It’s one of those questions that are on many people’s minds but they may be too embarrassed to ask: Why does one’s urine smell funny after eating asparagus? According to popular asparagus pee research, up to 76 percent of the population makes stinky asparagus pee, but some of them are simply not able to smell it while others... Read more →


A modern Rashomon?

The first act begins in medieval Japan. A married woman and her lover, both in kimonos and lots of hair, are making love “for the last time” and singing to each other at the top of their lungs. This sets up a fast forward to the next scene, which is set in New York in 1951. A married couple have just seen “Rashomon,”... Read more →


Burning to begin

Several months ago while interviewing a dentist, I was lamenting about not being able to find “Mr. Right.” My subject looked me straight in the eye and told me, “You’re a very pretty girl, but you’re fat. Lose some weight, you’ll have no trouble.” Not exactly the answer I was looking for. More of a... Read more →


Stuck in a dead-end job

Dear New Shrink, I have been a working professional for approximately 15 years now. While I have always been a diligent and hard worker, lately I have begun to feel that perhaps my current job is not the right one for me. I have spent my entire professional life in the financial services industry and although I have been financially... Read more →


Getting kids interested in reading

Interested in discussing topics such as: Does the American economy have a future? Check out the panel discussions at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend at UCLA. If you’re like me, with a seriously fried mommie brain, you can sample lighter fare like “Comic Books: Indie and Beyond” or two days worth of... Read more →

Mommie Brain

After a storm comes a rainbow

I have been absent from this column for a bit now. And for that, I am sorry. But I promise I have a good reason. I am pregnant. And being that I write about my life as a mom here, it was easier to take a break than to try to hide it. Most people, myself included, aren’t that comfortable with going public with pregnancies until the... Read more →

Community Profiles

Nursing star receives Red Cross award

MID-CITY — Barbara Browning always wanted to be a nurse. As a little girl watching her aunt dress in her nursing uniform, Browning knew one day she would do the same. However, as a child she was unaware of the impact she would make on nursing — an impact that led to her being honored Saturday at the Santa Monica Red... Read more →


Beating the Monday morning blues

Dear New Shrink, I have been wondering why it is that I hate Mondays so much. I have been asking around and a lot of my friends have similar feelings. It is not unanimous but pretty close. What causes this and what can we do about it? Signed, Monday Blues Dear Monday Blues, You ask an interesting question but it is difficult to come up... Read more →


Taking a bakery tour

Bakeries are popping up all over Los Angeles and have taken desserts to a new level. Gone are the days of terrible store-bought baked goods with sugary cakes smothered in pastel-colored icing. I seem to find a new bakery every week these days and thought I would check out a few local spots that offer wonderful tasty treats. There are bakeries... Read more →


Fun for the whole family

Free, free, free. The NexGen program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers free gallery tours, free visits to the Boone Children’s Gallery and free art sessions in the courtyard on most Sundays to children under age 18 and an accompanying adult. Sign up at the table outside, put on your orange NexGen badge, and you’re... Read more →


Celebrating 50 years of service

MONTANA AVE — At a time when some are questioning the viability of libraries and publishing companies in light of the recent release of Apple’s iPad, Santa Monica’s libraries are busier than ever, said City Librarian Greg Mullen. One such library is the Montana Avenue Branch, which will celebrate 50 years of existence this... Read more →


‘The Psychic’ sees laughs in your future

A scribe with severe writer’s block posts a sign in the window of his basement apartment. It announces that he will perform a psychic reading for $25. And so begins Sam Bobrick’s delightfully farcical new comedy “The Psychic,” now having its world premiere at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. Jeffrey Cannata is Adam... Read more →

Book Review

‘The Steam’

Gambling is an addiction. Done to extreme it can harm your relationships to others as well as to self. It controls your life ands makes you desperate. It even makes you a liar. Some people have this impulse-control disorder. It is all they can think about. Even when they are losing they will gamble. It is all they want to do. They do it when... Read more →