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Rolling Stoned

Some say the Rolling Stones are the best rock band in the world. That’s a little extravagant; it’s like calling Earth the best planet in the universe. How do you know unless y... read more...


Ask your doctor if this column is right for you

There’s a new ad on TV for an acne medicine that shows one of the most stunning young women I’ve ever seen complaining about her acne. Let me be absolutely, perfectly clear a... read more...


Could shopping be any more inconvenient?

I was out of town yesterday and stopped in an unfamiliar mall to pick up a few things. It was one of those giant strip malls with a Home Depot on one end and a Target on the o... read more...


Thanks for the lack of memories

After the news hit last year that Navy SEAL Team 6 got Osama bin Laden, the Twitterverse lit up with 13-year-olds tweeting, “Who’s Osama bin Whatever? Was he in a band?” And, ... read more...


Downton Anatomy

“Thank you, Jeeves,” I said as my butler left the room to give my lunch order — prosciutto with melon and scaloppine piccata — to the upstairs concierge, who would pass it to ... read more...


Help wanted: Teenage life coach with all the answers

More and more people are becoming “life coaches,” according to a recent newspaper report, and many colleges now offer degrees in life coaching. It appears that a degree in li... read more...


Tuitions point up fallacy of classless society

Thanks to a story in The New York Times, we learn that median tuition at the 61 elite private schools in New York City has hit $36,970 a year for 12th-graders. A new school in... read more...


Sorry, wrinkles aren't legal proof of age

Grocery and liquor stores in my neighborhood are much more strict about asking for IDs than they were just a few years ago. Of course, if you live near a college campus, you k... read more...


Dead mice tell no tales

“What’s that smell?” Sue asked from the front hall. “Is that a dead mouse?” Sometimes I cannot help myself. “Is it?” I said. “I just thought you were cooking dinner.” Some pe... read more...


Going paperless - priceless!

For months, a large retailer emailed me twice a day, begging me to switch from paper billing to online billing. If only I would go paperless, my hair would grow back rich and ... read more...


Should bad behavior be rewarded?

When money managers are asked why they deserve tens of millions of dollars for pushing around other people’s money, the answer is always, “the risk.” They took the risk; they ... read more...


Perplexing problems of the rich & famous

No doubt you shook your head when you heard that Tiger Woods’ ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, tore down a $12 million waterfront mansion that she had bought in North Palm Beach, Fla.... read more...


Do these glasses make my gut look big?

There’s nothing like a visit to the optometrist to make you feel old. I’m already wearing trifocals – for distance on top, computer in the middle and reading on the bottom. I... read more...


So many movies, so little time

Why do all the movies that you want to see open the week between Christmas and New Year’s? And by “you,” I mean people who are older than 13. During January, February, March ... read more...


More expensive by the dozen

I just got a shirt back from the laundry today. $6.75. When did the price jump from $2.25 a shirt to $6.75? There must be some mistake. “No mistake. They haven’t been $2.25 s... read more...



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