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Leaving Home Part Trois: When a Parent Dies

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I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to leave home, and how hard this is to do. I was in some ways unfortunate growing up in that we moved around all the time. No sooner had I found my feet with a group of friends, and come to understand the culture — what […] [Read More]
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Leaving Home: When Are You On Your Own Part Deux

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I guess I’m fascinated at the moment with this question — when have we really left home? Maybe in so many ways we never do. Probably that’s a good thing, if home was a good thing. After all, we internalize the quality and tenor of our childhood as our internal weather pattern. If we had […] [Read More]
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Leaving Home: When Are You Finally On Your Own

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It’s pretty rare to meet someone in their 30s and 40s who says openly, “I never wanted to leave home.” More often we couldn’t wait to get out. Or so we thought. But it amazes me how often I meet or treat people who have a mental representation of themselves as a lone wolf, a […] [Read More]
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You’ll Never Kiss Renee Zellwegger: What we can learn from character actors

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I came across this lovely OP-Ed in the New York Times by Stephen Tobolowsky, a character actor. If you remember him at all it is probably as the insurance salesman in Ground Hog Day who keeps glomming on to Bill Murray. It’s a great little cameo. But what is wonderful about his piece in the […] [Read More]
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Top Five Male Turnoffs

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This is too good to not to pass along. Eharmony, that purveyor of prospective marital bliss, offers advice on its Web site on how to date. Why not? That’s their business. There’s some good stuff in there — some rather obvious, including what kind of photos not to post on your profile (face of ex-wife […] [Read More]
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Why Men Should Not Write Advice Columns: Hilarious

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This has been bouncing around on the Web. It’s too funny not to pass along Why men should NOT write advice columns… Dear Terry, I hope you can help me. The other day, I set off for work leaving my husband in the house watching the TV. I hadn’t driven more than a mile down […] [Read More]
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