Tag archives: games

The Psychology of eSports
By Stella Haffner   |   September 6, 2022

Part of the joy of producing this column is learning about spheres that are foreign to me. I have written before on how I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions; instead, I use the journal here to try new things, to give me the kick in the backside that I need, to go out and […]

The Golden Age of Crosswords
By Guillaume Doane   |   January 24, 2021

At the height of its popularity, the pleasurable pastime reaches a crossroads When Will Shortz took over as its editor in 1993, The New York Times crossword puzzle was widely viewed as moribund (clue: lacking vitality). At the time, the crossword was the stodgy province of literary types where straightforward dictionary definitions passed as clues. […]

Play Time
By Ashleigh Brilliant   |   October 1, 2020

I’ve told you I’m a realist. But that’s not the whole story. Reality is too hard to face all the time. That (I presume) is why we have sleep and dreams. But even when I’m awake, I like to think of life as a game. Games create their own reality. Within the game, nothing outside […]

Picture This: Virtual Game Night
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 25, 2020

Virtual meetings continue to blossom at Santa Barbara Central Library, with a wide variety of programs for kids, families, and adults. Now there’s also Game Night, which is nothing new to the experienced online gamers or even those new to Zoom, but this one gives you a chance to compete against a lot of locals. […]

Soup’s on
By Steven Libowitz   |   February 20, 2020

Yoga Soup’s weekend workshops begin with Relational Attunement, the theme for the next installment of the bi-monthly Authentic Relating Games. Leader Damian Gallagher will offer a series of “games” that offer experiences in “How Me transitions into We,” diving into the differences when we are attuned to each of us in the space as a […]

Fun and Games
By Ashleigh Brilliant   |   June 27, 2019

It doesn’t take much to make me happy. One of my simplest joys is finding a coin in the street – usually a penny, but sometimes something larger, and, once in a great while, a paper dollar or more. I bring these treasures home, and put them in a row on top of a bureau. […]

Score Sheets
By Richard Mineards   |   June 6, 2019

Santa Barbara’s second annual hospitality summer games at the Hilton boasted 14 teams, double the number of participants at the first event at the Hotel Californian. The fun-filled event, which included a recycling race, a bed making contest, a server obstacle course, pastry cake wars, a toilet paper toss, and a talent and bike building […]

Montecito Union School Carnival
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   May 30, 2019

It’s carnival time at MUS! This Saturday, June 1, hundreds of kids and their parents will descend on the Montecito Union School campus for the popular school tradition. The event is an old-fashioned day of fun with rides, games, raffles, food, entertainment, and more. The Carnival this year includes several mechanical rides including a 25-ft. […]

By Ashleigh Brilliant   |   April 25, 2019

Isn’t it remarkable that the vast majority of all the games we play involving physical activity are focused upon an object, usually round, which we call a “ball.” It can be small as a marble, or large as a bowling ball, light as a ping-pong ball, or heavy as a “medicine ball,” a sphere, as […]