Monthly Archives: November 2012

Liz Smith: Get Your Facts First

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“GET your facts first, then you can distort them as you please,” said Mark Twain. Give a caring thought tonight for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). This is the nation’s first and largest nonprofit support group of this generation’s veterans. They are “celebrating” two days after Veteran’s Day. Among the greats they […]

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Liz Smith: Big Ideas

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WHEN EDDIE Murphy stops in at L.A.’s Coffee Bean on Beverly Drive, he is often accompanied by his gorgeous girlfriend, model Paige Butcher. But Eddie doesn’t just sip coffee and gaze meaningfully into Paige’s eyes. He often engages and encourages the other customers into discussions on politics and world affairs. He leans towards the right, […]

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Liz Smith: Coming Together

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“NOBODY WOULD listen to me if I expressed this thought. But I am putting this away in an envelope and I believe Barack Obama will win the election with a big surprise vote. I hope I am right. I will only open this envelope after the election!” This is something written by Liz Smith, yes, […]

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Julie Morgenstern Brings Us The Butcher, The Baker and Candlestick Maker: Who Are Your Go-To Experts?

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Organizing expert Julie Morgenstern on finding and keeping reliable service professionals

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Dear Margo: Conquering a Phobia

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: The Sky Is NOT Falling

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“YOU CAN take Hollywood for granted like I did, or you can dismiss it with the contempt we reserve for what we don’t understand. It can be understood too, but only dimly, in flashes. Not half a dozen men have ever been able to keep the whole equation of pictures in their heads,” wrote F. […]

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Dear Margo: Back to the Twins

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: David Geffen Invented

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“THE MEDICI of rock’n’roll!” Because I was taking a few notes in the dark at the Paris Theater — watching “Inventing David Geffen” — I don’t know exactly which of the many geniuses (or Genii) speaking onscreen about David Geffen, said this. But at the party after (hosted by Mike Nichols, Barry Diller, and Graydon […]

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Liz Smith: American Authenticity

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“WE HAVE always had reason to believe we are a nation in decline. That’s not new. “What we want is somebody who will do something and do things that aren’t popular!” said the greatest historian in the United States — David McCullough — last Sunday night on “60 Minutes.” Mr. McCullough was being interviewed by […]

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Liz Smith: Etiquette Detail

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“Don’t put your candles near the drapes!” advised Mayor Mike Bloomberg to his many citizens still in the dark in New York. This Mayor will be forgiven any trespasses by me. But, obviously he didn’t get the correct advisory from the late expert Nancy Mitford, long ago, that to use the word “drapes” is non-U. […]

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