Monthly Archives: October 2012

Liz Smith: Keeping Their Love Alive

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“OH, AND can I have a Cobb salad to go?” That was Warren Beatty at the Beverly Hills Coffee Shop recently, having breakfast with one of his kids (at the usual L.A. breakfast-time — noon.) And he was ordering that Cobb salad to go for his fabulous wife, Annette Bening. With long-standing marriages and companionships falling […]

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A Modest Proposal: A New National Lottery for Aged Parents by Margo Howard

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So many boomers today, along with some above and below that age cohort, are having to deal with aging and failing parents — many with dementia. More than the time and money that must be expended, there is a great emotional cost. Not only is there sorrow about the downward trajectory of once vital people, […]

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Julie Morgenstern Brings Us Sleep Better, Perform better

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Organizing expert Julie Morgenstern on getting the good nights sleep that you deserve

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Dear Margo: An Odd Wish

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: “Is That Your Best Bad Idea?”

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“IS THAT your best bad idea?” “That’s the best bad idea I’ve had today!” So goes one of the many surprisingly funny exchanges between Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston in Ben’s astonishing, riveting, hugely entertaining and mostly-historically accurate movie “Argo.” This is the true tale of six Americans who managed to escape the U.S. Embassy […]

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Dear Margo: No Need To Hide from the Neighbors

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: What Do You Wear?

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“WHAT DO you wear when you go to bed, Marilyn?” “Chanel No. 5” THAT IMMORTAL exchange between the press and the sex-symbol, helped the famous scent — created by designer Coco Chanel in 1921 — to sail through the 1950s and beyond as the most distinctive fragrance ever created. In later times, such varied fabulous […]

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Liz Smith: Who Killed Lincoln?

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“ONE OUT of four Americans can’t name Abraham Lincoln’s assassin!” writes “The 60 Minutes Poll” in the November issue of Vanity Fair. This really means people aren’t paying attention. After all, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly is still number four on the best-seller list for non-fiction with his and Martin Dugard’s work Killing Lincoln. Now, quick — […]

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The Real Deal: Writing Politics, Writing Fiction

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The politician from Queens – picture an Easter Island statue in a pinstriped suit – spotted me at a charity event.  In a boom of a voice that could cause the earth to tremble as far away as Staten Island, he called out: “Sue sweetheart!”  I smiled, delighted to see his huge, flat boulder of […]

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Liz Smith: Lighting Up New York

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“DOING NOTHING for others is the undoing of ourselves,” said Horace Mann. ON THURSDAY, the Lighthouse International (it specializes in treatment for those losing their sight) was getting “the social” treatment with a famous fund-raising lunch in the name of the late great Time editor Henry Grunwald. Our friends on the New York Social Diary […]

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