Monthly Archives: March 2010

Men and Shopping: Mystery Solved

During a recent trip to the mall, I found myself watching a young couple. They were hand-in-hand (or hand-in-pocket) walking between stores and sharing a soft pretzel. It was clear that the woman, who had several shopping bags in her hands, was having a good time. Her guy, however, seemed to be losing steam. The […]

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Mr. wOw on Miley, Mika and Tiger

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Now that health care has passed – sort of – in its compromised, mutilated form – Mr. wOw feels free to be shallow. Not that we don’t care. But this is a victory at an immeasurable cost. I’ve never seen such mishandling and inability to defend a position – to state a position clearly! – […]

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2 Things You Might Not Know About the Health-Care Bill

Here are two things you might not know about health care. First, health emergencies – drawn-out illnesses – are responsible for more bankruptcies in this country than anything else. And second, ill health has the power to zap the happiness from your life faster than anything else: a bad marriage, a job loss, unruly kids. […]

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My Mother’s Ireland

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A writer journeys to Ireland, retracing her mother’s footsteps…

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How Do You Stop a Budget Blowout?

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I started planning my daughter’s bat mitzvah party – which went beautifully, despite a storm that downed trees, closed streets and took out the power – with a budget in mind. And like all good budgets, it had many line items. There was one for decorations. Another for food. Yet another for party favors. And […]

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Your Child and College: Who’s Paying?

This week, a few quick questions about planning for college: 1: In your house, who helps your child(ren) with homework? a) Me b) My husband 2: Who helps your child(ren) research college choices? a) Me b) My husband 3: Who helps with the college application process? a) Me b) My husband 4: Who’s in charge […]

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Liz Smith: Philosophy 101 From an Octogenarian!

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Lessons learned from an unlikely marriage. “Be ye not unevenly yoked together!” says the Bible. This was one of my darling mother’s favorite axioms. I suppose she had good reason to be saying it; she herself was “unevenly yoked” with my adorable crazy father. They had met when she peeped under the window shade of […]

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Mr. wOw: Losing a Decade to Depression

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The terrible suicide deaths of Andrew Koenig and Michael Blosil have prompted this telling story from our Mr. wOw

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Foggy With a Chance of Investing

In Saturday’s New York Times, Alina Tugend tackled the complicated subject of choosing. More options, she pointed out – and the research backs her up – don’t necessarily benefit consumers, job-seekers, even daters looking for someone to share their lives. Having a plethora of options, she points out, seems to have two distinct downsides. One, […]

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