Monthly Columnists

Feature Writer

Becky Lantry

Becky Lantry is an active volunteer community member whose focus is to make Santa Monica a better place to live.



Feature Writer

Anne Wallentine

Anne Wallentine is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on arts, culture, and health. After earning a master’s degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, she returned to the best coast of the U.S. She now lives in Santa Monica, in the house her great-grandmother bought. Feel free to contact her via

Reflections From the East column

Qin Sun Stubis

Qin Sun Stubis has been writing her popular "Reflections from the East" column for the Santa Monica Star for more than ten years. Born in Shanghai and brought up during the turbulence of the Cultural Revolution, this Washington. D.C.-based writer brings her thoughtful and lyrical style to bear on a wide variety of topics, inflected with both Eastern and Western flavors in a way that transcends mere geography to touch hearts and reveal universal truths.

Qin is currently shopping around two manuscripts, the first a sweeping history of two families spanning four generations from Imperial to modern times, replete with kidnappings by pirates, babies bought and sold in opium dens, and the true story of a girl with three identities and a man who struggles against both a powerful ancient myth and the tyranny of the State. Her other book is a whimsical collection of original Chinese Tall Tales based on ancient and historical themes appealing to the young and the young at heart in either hemisphere.

Qin Sun Stubis can be reached at

Byte-By-Byte column

Miceala Shocklee

Miceala Shocklee is a freelance writer/editor, scientist, vet-in-training, and nomad. Born to a bildungsroman in Missouri, Miceala moved to the West coast in 2009 to undertake her undergraduate degree in biology at the California Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, after which she moved to Santa Monica to work as a staff journalist for the Santa Monica Star and SMMUSD special education paraeducator. She is now based out of Edinburgh, Scotland for her graduate school DVM training. Miceala writes about her global travels and veterinary adventures at

Paws & Claws column

Dr. Frank Lavac, Medical Director:VCA Wilshire
Animal Hospital

Medical Director Dr. Frank Lavac has over 30 years experience in Avian Medicine and Surgery and leads a team of veterinarians and staff at VCA Wilshire Animal Hospital. While Dr. Lavac has a special interest and training in birds and exotics, most of his patients are dogs and cats.

Dr. Lavac has been in practice since 1980. Contact his office for your pets needs today 310-828-4587 or visit the website at;

Feature Writer

Taber Falconer

Taber Falconer was born and raised in Santa Monica and currently resides in the Sunset Park neighborhood. Her hobbies include crafting, baking, and visiting the beach. Most of all, she enjoys watching the the city grow and change. Feel free to send Taber a message at

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