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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

Help us get a headcount for the party: RSVP on Facebook.

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It's live!

My new advice column, Tough Love, launched today in the national news magazine I’d love for you to check it out!

This week I tackle Herpes II and the meaning of “sexy-ugly” (dear Abby I ain’t) — but I need your help for future columns.

Send me your questions on dating dilemmas, sibling snarls, workplace woes and every juicy quandary in between. I’ll be your sensible, straight-talking and occasionally snarky coach and confidant. No names are published! So jot down your conundrum and email it to

You can follow the column on Twitter: @ToughLoveAdvice

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