Category Archives: Culture

New Year’s Traditions Around the World

Champagne, Fireworks, and Empty Suitcases Ringing in the new year is an opportunity to put away the past and start with a clean slate.  In many cultures, cleaning the house prior to the new year (and no cleaning on New Year’s Day!) is the ultimate way to close out one year and be ready for […]

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Saving Cursive

Should Cursive be Saved? Is cursive going the way of the icebox and buggy whip?  Common core standards in education are crowding out classroom time for cursive instruction.  While many may say in this day and age of technology that keyboards fill the communication void, there are strong advocates of keeping cursive in schools. Making […]

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Remembering and Honoring Veterans on Veterans Day

Lest We Forget… Veterans Day originally began as Armistice Day after World War I, the “war to end all wars”.  Decades and many wars later, Veterans Day is not only a day to remember the distant past but the recent months and years to come. For my grandmother, it was losing her brother in World War I.  For […]

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Pumpkin Recipes at Every Turn

Sometimes you just don’t have time to create a complicated meal. And sometimes you have the time and just don’t want to. Today was one of those days. Last week Smudge and I picked up a few sugar pumpkins at the farmer’s market, both for decoration and to cook with.

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The Tyranny of Late Summer Vegetables, by Julia Reed (Recipe)

In the current Newsweek, I have a food column about the tyranny of late summer vegetables. By this time of year, everything has gone mad – zucchini and summer squash proliferate before our very eyes, tomatoes split open on the vine before you can pick them, basil plants are as tall as small trees. In […]

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White After Labor Day?

Depending on where you grew up, there were hard and fast rules about white shoes after Labor Day. And not just shoes but belts, purses, accessories – all put away until Easter.  I recall my mother spending Sunday afternoon packing away the white and light purses and shoes and replacing them with the darker shades […]

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Privacy – What Does It Mean Today?

How do we balance freedom to share “good” with the ease of access to observe, track and target those wishing to do harm?  What is the limit of privacy we can or should expect on our digital footprints?

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A wOw Lunch

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wowOwow’s Lesley Stahl, Cynthia McFadden, Liz Smith, Joan Ganz Cooney and Joni Evans with PureWow’s CEO Ryan Harwood, Editor in Chief Mary Kate McGrath, and Managing Editor, Jillian Quint

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A Case of Love – Love

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Just so you know, I am wildly in love with tennis… and so what you see above in that fun photo is what I call a little bit of heaven that makes me smile every time I look at it. The setting: the Palm Springs, California airport arrival gate about 16 years ago. And yes, […]

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Liz Smith Remembers Helen Gurley Brown

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On October 18th, at Alice Tully Hall/Lincoln Center in Manhattan, Liz Smith spoke in memory of Helen Gurley Brown who died  August 13th..  While all the speakers were wonderful (Frank Bennack, Mayor Bloomberg, Barbara Walters, Brooke Shields, among others), we wanted to share Liz’s  remembrances here: Hi. I’m Liz Smith. I want to say that I am […]

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