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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...


The View from the bottom

Have you noticed that almost every new daytime TV show wants to be a version of “The View”? You can almost hear the pitch sessions down at Television Central – “It’s totally d... read more...


In one year and out the other

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Me neither. What’s the big rush? And what’s the connection between New Year’s and resolutions? Why can’t we make resolutions on ... read more...


Deer know when it's time to skedaddle

Deer-hunting season has started. I know, because of the complete and total absence of deer. The herd of seven that have been snacking on my saplings, my garden and my lawn eve... read more...


TGI Black Friday

I stuffed an extra bottle of pepper spray in my coat pocket and patted myself down to make sure I hadn’t forgotten to bring my brass knuckles, nunchucks and a blackjack. My fi... read more...


Planning for the long-term – tomorrow

Bob was not happy. He’d just gotten back from a meeting with his stockbroker, the guy who manages his 401(k). “He’s, like, 21 years old and smart as a whip, and he always sho... read more...


Don't be the turkey this Thanksgiving

Here’s the problem with Thanksgiving: Unless you’re the host, you have to travel. If you’re lucky, you won’t have to spend nine hours on the tarmac with overflowing toilets a... read more...


Musings on puffery, partners and Playboy

Looking for a movie to go see, I checked out the ads. A blurb for one movie said it was “a real nail-biter.” Another blurb said so-and-so called it “one of the Top 10 movies o... read more...


The not-so-ungrateful dead

I am a morning person. I hop out of bed before the alarm rings, make coffee, read the paper, listen to the radio, feed the cats, empty the garbage, make breakfast, read my ema... read more...


Reading this will make you thin and happy!

Lots of people think subliminal advertising means that advertisers get us to buy their products by secretly inserting in their TV ads the words “sex” or “buy this” – words tha... read more...


The Seven Secrets of Success

Would you like to make the big bucks writing a self-help book on how to be successful? Here are seven secrets you have to know: 1. Use the word “secret” in your title, even... read more...


It's tough living off the grid

We recently spent six days without power, and the experience has left me with a new respect for the pioneers. Was the worst part going without lights? No, we had some old-fas... read more...


How not to clean the house

“I’ve got to run. We have guests coming, and you know what that means.” I did know what my friend Joe meant. He and his wife, Marcie, would have to spend two solid days vacuu... read more...


Man's best fiend

“Down, Tiny, down!” my cousin Ralph snapped at his beloved pet. The dog had its front legs on my shoulders and was licking the top of my head. I like dogs. I like to pet them... read more...


When it comes to movies, men can't help it

The Saturday night neighborhood gathering was winding down. Too many hamburgers and too much potato salad had weighed down the stragglers in chairs on the patio. The citronell... read more...



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