Starshine

February 13, 2014

What the Focus This?

I'm about to take you on a journey to the dense, chewy nucleus of the grape Tootsie Pop that is my head. You have been warned.

You see, my brain is very busy. It's a frickin' railway junction. I pride myself on my ability to juggle, organize, and accomplish, even in a crunch — no, especially in a crunch. "Show me a quiet mind," I always say, "and I'll show you a to-do list that's been criminally neglected." This morning I did Kegel exercises while writing my column lead while being power-flossed in the dentist's chair while feeling rather smug about it all.

But I had no right, it turns out, because multitasking is out and meditation is in. The Huffington Post declared 2014 The Year of Mindful Living, and Time magazine's recent cover story declared, "If distraction is the pre-eminent condition of our age, then mindfulness is the most logical response." Rupert Murdoch is meditating now. So are 50 Cent and Kourtney "it's possible I can't spell meditate" Kardashian. Meditation is the new kale; it's the balm for all that ails us.

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February 9, 2014

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The 'Broads & Barrels' book launch bash!

Come raise a glass with Starshine to celebrate her new book, Broad Assumptions. Get your copy signed, sip wine, enjoy Georgia's Smokehouse food truck while fierce DJ Darla Bea waxes spintastic — and enter the "Help Starshine Write Her Column" Contest: You write the first and last lines of a hypothetical column, the crowd votes on a favorite, and our author must write THAT column for the following week's Independent! Glory and a gift basket for the winner.

6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 20
Carr Winery, 414 N. Salsipuedes St., Santa Barbara


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Broads & Barrels

January 30, 2014

Foodies and Babies

Who cried louder? The baby who disrupted dinner at the nation's top restaurant? Or the foodies who were outraged by the wails?
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January 26, 2014

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Get ready!

WILDLY FUN book launch party coming at you in February...

Broads & Barrels

January 16, 2014

Sex Robots

Yep, you heard me.
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December 19, 2013

I Am Not Making This Up: I Interviewed Dave Barry

Here's how life works: On the day you're scheduled to interview your idol, you wake up with acute laryngitis. I mean bad.
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December 13, 2013

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