Archive for May, 2011

Decision making is tough enough when you only have your own interests to keep in mind. Add in the complexity of another person (or a whole family), and you can reach a place of mental gridlock that makes the Eisenhower at rush hour seem tame. Cliff and I were in gridlock last week: Maggie was more »

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Hollywood – both in the personal lives of its stars and in its movie scripts – would have us believe that monogamy is a bygone belief. Virtually any movie involving a wedding features at least one scene where the groom (or bride) laments drunkenly that he’s not sure (or she’s not sure) she can only more »

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Earlier this week I heard an NPR news story that began, “Today we celebrate 100 years of patience and fortitude.” That caught my attention … how, exactly, does one measure this? The story went on to explain that Patience and Fortitude are the stone lions that stand guard outside the New York Public Library, which more »

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The latest US Census data came out recently and so newspapers are quick to remind us that the divorce rate still hovers around 50%. This is true, but only technically. If you really want to know your own risk of divorce, you have to dig a little deeper into the numbers. Here are two things more »

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Here’s a hypothetical: you’re a hiring manager at a small firm, looking for a smart and aggressive new employee for your sales force. Your candidates are Amy Smith and Andrea Brown-Jarrett. Who do you hire? Now let’s say you meet two new moms at a playgroup: Sharon Taylor-Ross and Meg Carter. Which mom do you more »

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As Is

“AS IS” – Ani Difranco Just give up And admit you’re an a**holeYou would beIn some good companyI think you’d findThat your friends would forgive youOr maybe IAm just speaking for me And I’ve got No illusions about youAnd guess what?I never didAnd when I saidWhen I said I’ll take itI meant,I meant as is more »

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More than just a movie title, “The Seven-Year Itch” is a phrase we’ve grown up with, and perhaps without giving it much thought, you assumed it was a real phenomenon. The screenwriter who coined the phrase, George Axelrod, borrowed it from a comedian. (For the full origin of the phrase, visit this link. Warning, it’s more »

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Broad generalizations are dangerous, but here’s a statement I can confidently say is true most of the time: women are turned on by men who clean. My husband is positively dashing while doing dishes. Clean the gross upstairs shower and the day will, ahem …, have a happy ending. Why is this so? Because true more »

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A.J. Jacobs (Author of “The Year of Living Biblically” and Esquire editor) offers some unusual marriage advice in an Esquire article, “The Counterintuitive Man’s Guide to Marriage.” His three tips are: 1. Go to bed angry. 2. Bottle up your feelings. 3. Sleep separately. Read his explanations at the link above. Agree or not, I more »

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A few weeks after we bought our first home, I went to the basement during a rainstorm to start a load of laundry. It had been raining all week and I already knew there were little damp spots around the edges of the basement’s brick walls. But I was totally unprepared for my feet to more »

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