I Need Help!!

October 31, 2012

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Boy, I understand where you are coming from! My ex-husband used to remind me whenever he could that I’d be as big as my mother! or that we needed to buy a bigger toilet seat!, but these rude comments only sent my in a downward spiral of depression.

The Wonder of Words

June 19, 2012

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Name it. Language-delirious children take pure sensual delight in rolling the names of things off their tongues. Indulge them — and yourself. Naming things makes you more aware of the richness and variety of the world. It’s one thing to point to a bird in the sky and quite another to notice a robin hopping in the grass, a sparrow chirping on a low branch, the distinctive dabs of color of a cardinal, a blue jay or a blackbird. If you don’t know the names, learn them. Nature will become more sharply etched.

It’s Time for Clubs to Get Credit

January 25, 2012

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A good deal of acknowledgement is paid to YMCAs, JCCs and parks and recreation facilities for contributing to the overall wellness of their local communities.

Help Desk Horror Stories Abound Online

May 23, 2011

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There’s a classic story floating around the Internet about a man who calls the support desk of a computer manufacturer, explaining that his coffee cup holder is broken. The curious support desk representative asks a few questions and is completely mystified.

Let the Hard Times Roll

May 5, 2011

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Why too much capital can kill you.

The seeds of failure for a company are planted when times are good – and there’s no better time than right after raising a big round of capital, right? Add a young team that is at once self-confident and inexperienced, and all the ingredients for disaster are there. Conventional wisdom has it that companies should raise as much capital as they can. Conventional wisdom, for the record, is wrong. Too much money can be a deadly affliction. Here are nine reasons why. (This was supposed to be a Top 10, but since the theme here is less-is-more, you’re getting less.)

South Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Fetus Abuse Law

April 12, 2011

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In a 3-2 decision, the Supreme Court of South Carolina denied an appeal involving a state law that holds mothers criminally liable for endangering the health of a viable fetus.

How can I say no to my Demanding Mom

April 5, 2011

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My mother, who’s in her early 60s and lives alone, has a problem: She’s too dependent. Every time she has a minor ailment — which is about twice a week — she expects me to rush over and get her groceries, tidy up her apartment, and drive her places. I’m happy to help out when she’s really sick, but I often feel obligated to make the two-hour round trip to her apartment whenever she demands it. I’ve suggested that she ask friends for help, but she refuses. I’m tired of feeling guilty, and I’m worried that this pattern will only get worse as she gets older.

Tax Overview

March 17, 2011

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Here’s a quick look at this year’s new tax breaks.

Child Credits: Couples with adjusted gross income (AGI) of $110,000 or less ($75,000 for single parents) will get a $400 tax credit for each child age 16 or younger. The credit phases out, disappearing at AGI of $120,000 for couples ($85,000 for singles).

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Mac’s Keeping Colleen’s Whereabouts a Secret

March 3, 2011

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First the show brings on the dreaded mother, Amanda. Now they add in the fact that Mac knew where Colleen was and did not tell the Abbotts. It definitely looks like the show’s favorite teen couple is being set up for a big fall.

Give My Regards to Broadway

February 17, 2011

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What would Wannabes do without community theater? An essay on having the best of both worlds.

Give My Regards To Broadway

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about women’s dreams. What are the things we long for? What are the vaulting ambitions that grab us early on? As I thought about this I realized there’s no way I could generalize about my gender, so I narrowed the scope of the questions. What dreams have I harbored? What dreams have I realized?