Putting a rude colleague in her place

Dear New Shrink, You know those people who are rude no matter what. I can normally tolerate this behavior for a short amount of time, however, the person I have in mind is someone that I work with. I have a good relationship with most of my colleagues, but one woman is rude beyond belief. She spends most of her day complaining and when I ask... Read more →


East is worth the trip to Hollywood

I rarely drive into Hollywood for dinner — only when something very special takes me there. And I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to the décor in a restaurant; I’m mostly focused on my comfort level. I usually am most attentive to the food. But when my friend Paul McCloskey invited us to dinner at a restaurant... Read more →


Catering to kids

Kid-friendly restaurants come in all different shapes and sizes. One restaurant was actually built for kids. Giggles ‘n Hugs on Wilshire Boulevard near Bundy Drive really sets the bar for kid friendly. The owner, unable to find a place to eat with her daughter that was truly geared toward children, decided to start one. From its... Read more →

Community Profiles

Shining light on genetic cancer risks

NOMA — As Joi Morris knows, the truth can be scary. However, Morris recently made learning the truth about heightened risks of breast and ovarian cancer caused by gene mutations a little easier through her book, “Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions When You’re at High Risk for Breast or Ovarian Cancer.” The... Read more →


Kicking the coffee habit

With the passing of Valentine’s Day and lovers everywhere having just indulged in Cacao of the Now’s “Sexual Chocolate,” I’m sure those whose desires were fed on Sunday, found themselves seeking some “mud” on Monday. I didn’t celebrate, but instead had a lovely post V-Day coffee date at Urth... Read more →


A fabulous production at the Ruskin Theatre

After you’ve watched the subtle, nuanced performance of Dane Zinter as Fredrick, a pathetically lonely, obsessed madman in “The Collector,” you may be excused for concluding that the actor himself is more than a little deranged. His defensive smirk, his furrowed brow, his awkward gestures with his hands are so spot-on that... Read more →


Working up to that big hug

Dear New Shrink, I have been wondering and worrying about how I can let the people I love know that I love them. I come from a kind of hands off, non-demonstrative family and we just do not say I love you or even give hugs or embraces. Yet I know we all care deeply about one another. I find myself following in the same foot steps, but I want... Read more →


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 →