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Newsworthy Charity: A Better LA


A Better LA was founded by USC football coach Pete Carroll in 2003 as a way to reduce violence and empower change in the area. The organization funds salaries for outreach workers, provides free classes for the community and funds a variety of activities and sports to help bring people together in a positive environment. In an area where this is so needed, this organization provides some hope for both youth and their families. Take a closer look here. This is a great charity to highlight if you are looking for something in California or an organization that works with teens.

Writer’s Getaway: Secret Garden, Santa Barbara, CA

santa-barbara2.jpg The charming cottages at Secret Garden are perfect for writers–and some even have their own private decks or patios. Choose one with a hot tub for unwinding after a long day of working on a manuscript or brainstorming article ideas. The breakfast buffet served each day features fresh scones, French recipe quiches, and that much-needed morning jolt of coffee or tea to get started. 

If you settle in and find yourself with writer’s block, schedule a relaxing massage or wander the grounds and take in the sights and scents of the lovely gardens. More likely, you’ll find that the peaceful atmosphere here will inspire you to get some good work done. A perfect spot for those who require solitude and quiet to do their best work. If you write better with your trusted canine companion along, ask for a pet friendly cottage–but there’s no breakfast buffet for Fido!

Oh–and did I mention that it’s a great place to get away from those long winter days once the glow of the holiday season has faded? Those fed up with the cold will find the warmth of California a great restorative.