Monthly Archives: October 2012

Liz Smith: Some Secrets Remain Intact

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“YOU HAD me several years ago when I was still quite naïve.  You said we made such a pretty pair and that you would never leave / But you gave away the things you loved and one of them was me.” Who of a certain age doesn’t know those lyrics from Carly Simon’s ironic and […]

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Julie Morgenstern Brings Us Time Quicksand

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Organizing expert Julie Morgenstern on making extra money without spending a lot of time

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Dear Margo: An Old Love and a Mess

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: We’ll Try to Stay Off Politics

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“Malice is not acceptable, hatred is,” said Martha Gellhorn who was one of Ernest Hemingway’s most intelligent wives. Oh, I don’t know. Hatred is a terrible emotion. OKAY, let’s give up commenting on politics and the Presidential election until after November 6th. We don’t want to be accused of “hatred” or “unfairness” or “intolerance”and make […]

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Dear Margo: Fair Is Fair

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: The Mass Media

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“THE REPORTS that I drank heavily [after my diagnosis] are an exaggeration.  The trouble is, once one article said it, others copied, because it made a good story.  Anything that has appeared in print so many times has to be right, right?” That is the brilliant theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, in Playboy magazine for October. […]

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Liz Smith: Who Is Rich?

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“WHO IS rich? He who rejoices in his portion,” said Benjamin Franklin. MAYBE you saw Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week talking about how the world is full of rich people, very rich people who aren’t pulling their weight for the lesser folks in their countries. She was emphasizing that there is a lot […]

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Liz Smith: Tell-Alls

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“I AGREE with Barbra Streisand when she was asked the secret of a happy marriage? “Time apart!’ she replied … I think Alice Faye and Phil Harris felt the same way!” This is Bill Biss philosophizing. I USUALLY defend gossip and people who talk too much, and I always defended Monica Lewinsky who I thought […]

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