Monthly Archives: August 2012

Dear Margo: A Judgment Call

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Deciding family roles and responsibilities. Margo Howard’s advice A Judgment Call Dear Margo: I am a 74-year-old man; my wife is 71. Our children are married, and my wife and I thought our remaining years would be comfortable and quiet. About a year ago, my 57-year-old niece was left homeless when my sister, her mother, […]

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Liz Smith: The Enthralling, Brilliant, Enlightening, Excoriating Gore Vidal — Gone, But Not Resting, I Bet!

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“IT IS not enough to succeed. Others must fail,” said Gore Vidal. Maybe he meant this. Maybe he didn’t. Maybe he just meant it for some of those listed below. IT IS with a sigh of sadness that I bid farewell to my longtime friend and sometimes adversary, the famous writer Gore Vidal. Somehow, in the ’70s ’80s, and ’90s, I […]

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Dear Margo: When a Sister’s Out of Line

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Do I have to follow through on something my sister volunteered me for? Margo Howard’s advice When a Sister’s Out of Line Dear Margo: My sister, “Jane,” is on the manic side. She is given to great enthusiasms (which fade) and often takes on more projects than she can manage. She does not work, but […]

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Liz Smith: Diana — Remembering the “Queen of Hearts” 15 Years Later

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“I’D LIKE to see myself as a queen of people’s hearts, but I don’t see myself as being queen of this country.” So said Diana, Princess of Wales in 1995, during her infamous BBC interview withMartin Bashir. This was a brilliantly choreographed PR stunt, which effectively ended any chance Diana might have had to become the Queen of England. […]

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