My parents, brother and I struck out from Highland Park on the shores of Lake Michigan just after the end of World War II. Our 1941 Chevy was stuffed, as was the tarp-covered box on its roof.
Three of us thought it to be a great vacation, but we later learned that it would turn out to be a lot more.
Banks were open until noon Saturdays and my father, Ray Kieding, More»
Recently at #DadChat, we "took on" sexual abuse as our topic. It was a powerful chat with a powerful co-host in Rachel Thompson, author of "Broken Pieces," her very open and personal story about her own painful experience with sexual abuse.
Rachel is not bashful or shy about attacking this subject. She is also not afraid to be frank. Consequently, this particular #DadChat hit home for many participants and provided some great takeaways.
The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management recently stated in a bulletin that, "in an emergency, first responders such as 9-1-1, police and fire are overwhelmed with help requests. In the critical first hour of an emergency, the people you will turn to for help are your neighbors.
"By building your neighborhood emergency plan now you can determine who in your neighborhood has particular tools, skills and supplies so that when disaster strikes you can help yourself - More»
We've seen many births at the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center. Sometimes we've pulled pups out when they were stuck and even performed Caesarean operations when things weren't going well.
Even so, none of this happens often because California sea lion pups normally are born on the Channel Islands.
It always comes down to the mothers. When they come to us, it's only because they're in trouble. In this case, the mom had been suffering from domoic acid poisoning. More»
Sunday is Father's Day and if the perfect gift for that special guy remains elusive, consider surprising him with some manly gadgets for the garden. Something helpful, brag-worthy or simply outrageous might ease his labors and even put a little fun into the yard work.
For a do-it-yourself gift, fit a canvas tool caddy into a plastic 5-gallon bucket. Fill the pockets with a variety of hand tools, such as a pair of quality pruners, small trowel, folding saw, More»
UCSB's athletic director got his Hollywood ending, after all.
The last, bright lines of a very dark Gaucho sports year went something like this:
'Hey, Mark Massari! Gaucho baseball just made it to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in a dozen years. So what are you going to do next?"
This is for all the organizations, work teams, business owners leaders, and busy bees: Get your head in the clouds. Yes, in the clouds. Well, make that the "cloud."
PODIOit rhymes with rodeo (as in Santa Maria, not Beverly Hills) is a collaborative platform in the cloud made up of a combination of apps that users select or create based on their needs. More»
"Nothing burns like the cold."
George R.R. Martin, "A Game of Thrones"
With summer just around the corner, what better time to discuss something we have all experienced: that nasty, short-lived but rather intense headache known as "brain freeze" (aka the "ice-cream headache").
Caves have been special places for people since our distant past.
As human beings, we evolved to nearly what we are today about 150,000 years ago. What information we have about Pleistocene people and their values starts approximately 35,000 years ago and extends to about 10,000 years ago.
Much of the information comes from caverns in Spain and France, where Pleistocene people left their mark in terms of paintings, deep within the cavern itself. More»
Bill Davis, an engineering student in his last semester at the University of Pennsylvania, was happily on his way with his girlfriend and her family to her uncle's farm in the countryside.
Bill had big news to break. He had been hired upon graduation by RCA as an assistant plant manager at their Camden, N.J. plant. He thought that this might mean his wedding plans could commence.
It was early on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. More»