Book Review

‘Compelling Conversations’

America is a great land of opportunity. I am sure we all want to get ahead in this country. We want to find the type of employment that is suited for us. We wish to advance in the work world. We wish to make friends. The best way to get ahead in the world is to speak the mother tongue of the country you are living in. In this case, we are... Read more →

Food

Eat lean without getting too mean

It is that time of year where many of us are eating leaner and perhaps looking at getting healthy or losing weight. I know in my house we are doing a cleanse, which basically means cutting out all the good stuff — no alcohol, sugar, dairy, meat, coffee or fatty foods. What is left to eat, you might ask? Well let me tell you... Read more →

Food

A traditional sushi sensation

When it’s time to go out for lunch or dinner, I usually think that anything I would want I can find in Santa Monica. So when the PR people from Sashi invited me to their restaurant in Manhattan Beach, I was skeptical. And then they mentioned their selection of 60 different types of sake, so that was enough to encourage me to go. Our... Read more →

Mommie Brain

You’ve got to have park

I recently took my son to the playground in New York City where I grew up. I looked around and all I could see was me, about 8 years old, in a red satin jacket lacing up my blue Adidas roller skates with the yellow stripes. It was great to watch him play where I identify so strongly with my own childhood. And I realized how important these... Read more →

Community Profiles

Local woman campaigns for the ocean

DOWNTOWN Anna Cummins is making the grade these days. The Santa Monica resident is on a mission to teach the young and the old about the way human consumption has created a garbage patch estimated to be the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean. Although Cummins said she always had an interest in the environment-managing a compost pile in the... Read more →

Health

Fitness is a challenge worth taking on

A little over three years ago during a bike ride I was hit by a car and left with a broken collarbone, a fractured lower back, and broken finger and wrist. For the first time ever, I couldn’t do the one thing that had always been an integral part of my life — work out. After my accident, I couldn’t do much of anything for... Read more →

Health

The falls and breaks of childhood

Fractures are the most common and potentially serious childhood injuries and they are the number one reason for a referral to an orthopaedic surgeon. Approximately half of all children will eventually suffer from a fracture or other serious orthopaedic injury. Most common childhood fractures are the result of “low-energy trauma,”... Read more →

Food

Learning the way of the watermelon

Watermelon season is ending in some parts of the U.S., but before it’s all over let us take this time to hone in on why watermelon is so beloved. A recent news headline reads, “Watermelon-eating dog prompts man to stab himself.” A man was so distraught over losing his watermelon to a dog that he stabbed himself to show the... Read more →

Entertainment

All that Chazz dazzles

When Chazz Palminteri’s screenplay for “Faithful,” a brilliant psychological drama/comedy/twister, was made into a movie in 1996 it starred Cher, Ryan O’Neal, and Chazz himself, and was directed by Paul Mazursky and produced by Robert DeNiro. Not too shabby a lineup. But that stellar production has nothing on the... Read more →

DVD Releases

‘The Happening’

‘The Happening’ From writer/director M. Night Shyamalan (“Signs,” “The Sixth Sense”) comes this paranoid thriller about a family on the run from a natural crisis (breezes carrying deadly neurotoxins) that presents a large-scale threat to humanity. While the end of the world isn’t expected to be a... Read more →