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Starshine Roshell is a journalism professor, magazine writer, award-winning columnist and overwhelmed mother of two.

Named for a song in the 1960s musical "Hair," in which her father starred, Starshine grew up in Los Angeles on the soap opera sets and in the Sunset Strip nightclubs where her parents worked.

She graduated UCLA cum laude and wrote for The Hollywood Reporter before joining the Santa Barbara News-Press as news reporter, theater and rock music critic, Sunday columnist and deputy features editor. She resigned with dozens of colleagues in 2006 over the publisher's breaches of journalistic ethics.

Her syndicated column won a first-place award from the California Newspaper Publisher's Association, and she has a second-place CNPA award for Business/Financial reporting.

Starshine lives in Santa Barbara with her husband John, a graphic artist, and their two sons.

"She's a fresh and flat-out funny writer with a special talent for seeing and showing the absurd and the joyful in the ordinary and the everyday."

Jerry Roberts, former Managing Editor, San Francisco Chronicle

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Recent columns:

July 30, 2015
Click, Cluck Goes the Online Shame Game

July 16, 2015
Tongs for Nothing: My (Latest) Parenting Failure

July 2, 2015
Can Transgender Folks Futz with Pronouns?

June 4, 2015
Crude Awakening: When the $#!% Hits the Sand

May 21, 2015
Hot for the Dad Bod?

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