Archive | December, 2010

Burning Troubles, Counting Blessings

By Cheri Rae

cheriIt’s a tradition we began many years ago, at a challenging time that threatened to break our family’s hearts and spirit. Figuring we needed all the help we could get as we faced the challenges of the New Year, we decided to do something symbolic.

We burned our troubles. Literally.

We wrote them down on index cards, and feeling like latter-day druids, circled around an old Weber barbecue grill in the back yard and set our toils and troubles on fire.

There was something viscerally satisfying, in the symbolism of writing down the concerns of the day and watching those facts and fears go up in smoke.

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Networking with Oprah

On 1/1/11—capitalizing on a great date and a great set of initials—our own Montecito neighbor and multimedia maven launches her OWN television network. Those who want to keep in touch with the Oprah Winfrey Network can find it locally on the following channels:

Cox Communications, Channel 125
Direct TV, Channel 279
Dish Network, Channel 189

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Rainy Day Garden Tips…

The Garden Post by Cerena Childress – Sustainability, Eating Fresh and Organic

Fertilize before a rain so the fertilizer will soak in.
Take the cover off your compost to let it get wet.
Tie or stake plants that may topple from wind or weight.
Set up to harvest rainwater for later use!
Make raised beds, mounds, to help with drainage issues.
Mulch to keep soil from splashing up on your plants, keeping your harvest clean, holding water in place to soak in, and keep soil from eroding.
Make ‘permanent’ pathways with boards, stepping stones, straw bedding, so you won’t be compacting your planting area soil when it is wet or dry!
Plant for air circulation so foliage dries quickly.  Plants too closely spaced, make a warmer micro environment, tend to get mildew easier.
Choose mildew resistant plants!
Drench your young plants with a mix of a heaping tablespoon of baking soda, a 1/4 cup of nonfat (so it won’t rot and stink) powdered milk in a large watering can of water for mildew prevention and abatement.  It works for other diseases as well!
Water less frequently and at ground level, not overhead.


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Christmas Tree Recycling

According to Barbara Hirsch, 30 million people bought real Christmas trees this year. Now, with the holiday over, it’s time to recycle those trees.

If you live in the Cities of Santa Barbara or Goleta, place your tree in or next to your green waste container or next to your trash container on your collection days.

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Santa Barbara Year in Review: October

Ten Santa Barbara stories that made news in October, 2010:

  1. The rainbow arch on Cabrillo Blvd. sits dirty, scuffed and faded.
  2. A UC Santa Barbara student was killed by a great white shark.
  3. Another bulky, over-sized construction project was spotted at 420 East Cota – a three-story, 55-unit affordable housing project dubbed Artisan Court.
  4. Life’s a beach for the snowy plover.
  5. Tagging in the neighborhoods, and around town, multiplied. Continue Reading →

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Santa Barbara Year in Review September

Ten Santa Barbara stories that made news in September, 2010:

  1. Award-winning writer Cheri Rae joined the Santa Barbara View.
  2. The Santa Barbara City Council approved the proposal to establish a sister city relationship between Santa Barbara and Patras, Greece.
  3. BevMo! arrived in Santa Barbara.
  4. A leaking fuel tank at the site where St. Francis Hospital stood was  moved.
  5. Travelers coming in and out of the Santa Barbara airport were surprised by the size and bulk of the new Airline Terminal Project. Continue Reading →

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The Flowers that Bloom in December

Colorful reminders of why we live in Santa Barbara: While Arctic blasts and bitter cold grip the Midwest and the East Coast, blanketing flower beds with snow, our gardens continue to grow.

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Santa Barbara Year in Review: August

Ten Santa Barbara stories that made news in August, 2010:

  1. The City of Santa Barbara embarked on a campaign to bulb-i-fy and add planters to curbs on corners all over the downtown region.
  2. August brings cascarones!
  3. A controversial bumper sticker made news… Welcome to Santa Barbara – Please Don’t Feed Our Bums.
  4. Santa Barbara appears to have an infatuation with alcohol.
  5. Did you know that Santa Barbara has an official color scheme? Continue Reading →

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Toon Op: Homeless in Santa Barbara

This cartoon is copyrighted and licensed to appear on the Santa Barbara View. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited. By local cartoonist Steve Greenberg.

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Santa Barbara Year in Review: July

Ten Santa Barbara stories that made news in July, 2010:

  1. The Santa Barbara City Council said YES to BevMO!
  2. The two trail gnomes, Craig William Ilenstine and Dana Neil Larsen, who allegedly started the Jesusita Fire which burned 8,700 acres, destroyed 80 homes, and cost $17 million to contain were sentenced to; 250 hours of community service, $600 in fines, three (3) years probation.
  3. Construction of a $800,000 suicide barrier over and around the historic Cold Springs Arch Bridge began. Construction was later halted by a lawsuit.
  4. KEYT news anchor Coleen Sullivan got hitched.
  5. The selection criteria for choosing Saint Barbara was brought into question.
  6. A local man in his 50’s became the 54th person to jump to his/her death off of the Cold Springs Arch Bridge. The bridge opened in in 1964. Continue Reading →

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Mission Nativity


The nativity scene at the Santa Barbara Mission early in the morning. Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a peaceful new year!
- Bill Heller

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Santa Barbara Year in Review: June

Ten Santa Barbara stories that made news in June, 2010:

  1. In an effort to paint Susan Jordan as a lavish-spending politician, the campaign team for Das Williams doctored a photo.
  2. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians sent in an application to expand the liquor license at its Chumash Casino Hotel and Resort.
  3. One week after winning the match-up for District Attorney, Joyce Dudley had Josh Lynn terminated. Continue Reading →

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Sunlight and Water: Celebrating the Winemakers of Santa Barbara County

Book Notes: “Sunlight and Water: Celebrating the Winemakers of Santa Barbara County”, by Mark Robert Halper, published by Late Harvest Editions, 2010

Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” Galileo Galilei

BookCover Picture-1111_410Go ahead and judge this book by its cover: with its metal book plate, title stamped in silver and the luscious finish of deep burgundy linen, you can figure you’re in for something special. And you would be correct.

This collection of sepia toned images and portraits of fine winemakers is a timeless celebration of artists, the land and the light that allows them to pursue their craft. There’s a sense of calm, trust and comfort conveyed in page after page, indicating great rapport between fine art photographer Halper and his subjects.

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Christmas in Santa Barbara

Did you know… Christmas was not celebrated in Santa Barbara until 1782, the year Padre Serra blessed a Christian cross near the intersection of Canon Perdido and Santa Barbara Streets to mark the founding of the Royal Presidio? Merry Christmas!
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Santa Barbara Year in Review: May

Ten Santa Barbara Stories that made news in May, 2010:

  1. A tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reminded Santa Barbara residents of the dangers that offshore oil drilling poses for our people, our coastal economy, marine wildlife, and beaches.
  2. A view of the I Madonnari Festival.
  3. Vice President Al Gore added a Montecito-area property to his holdings.
  4. Supporters of a tax on plastic bags took to City Hall.
  5. Mud slinging between Josh Lynn and Joyce Dudley hit the local airwaves. Continue Reading →

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