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PARENTING

Charting the puzzles and peeves of kid-herding — from Huggies to homework, Pilates to pinatas.

  • ‘My Parents Are Stupid’
    April 1, 2019
    When Kids Refuse to Be Properly Indoctrinated If I had any doubts that Gen Y and Gen Z possess the…
  • How Not to Raise a Sexual Assaulter
    January 13, 2019
    You Never Really Know If You’re Raising Good Kids ... Until You’re Long Done The political pandemonium of the past two…
  • Secrets of a Very Catholic Daughter
    June 2, 2018
    ‘Hiding Out’ Author Talks Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives I thought my dad saddled me with some psychological baggage. He used to…
  • Raising a First-Person Shooter
    April 7, 2018
    ‘Fortnite’ Video Game Blowing Holes in My Anti-Gun Policy The hypocrisy of my life is corroding my insides, and confession is…
  • Theater Kids Save the World
    April 7, 2018
    Drama Class Prepares Students to Lead a Revolution Everyone who’s been to high school knows it: Jocks top the student hierarchy.…

SKIRTING THE ISSUES

Sex, politics, fashion and everything else a gen-X everygal loves to dish about.

  • Nipping Sniggers in the Bud
    January 25, 2007
    Starshine takes a cold, hard look at what's going on beneath women's blouses.
  • Not a Single Regret
    January 18, 2007
    Starshine chats with Bella DePaulo, Summerland resident and visiting professor at UCSB, about her new book, which explores the social…
  • Thank You For Coming, Now Get Out
    January 11, 2007
    Now that Shindig Season has passed, let's resolve to be better party guests this year by learning when to set…
  • Yule’s Jewels
    December 7, 2006
    We all know diamonds are the world's hardest natural substance, but the jewelry industry doesn't seem to believe it. Judging…
  • X Appeal
    November 30, 2006
    There are not a lot of things we, as a society, can learn from Rob Lowe. The Montecito resident can't…

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Keep Your Skirt On
Wife on the Edge
Broad Assumptions
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