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Thoughts from the Magazine: October 2012

My assistant, Ann Savarino, saves my life a little bit every day. She knows how to tell an entire story with just a look; how to find me when one of my children issues an SOS; how to intervene gracefully when my computer and I are having a fight to the death. She knows that no matter what I get […]

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Thoughts from the Magazine: September 2012

There is a line in this month’s story “Women & Money: Why You Need to Take Control Now” that made me laugh out loud: “Money information just bounces off my brain. It’s like I have a force field that won’t let it in.” So says Amy, a 42-year-old senior manager interviewed by writer Geraldine Sealey for our story. Ah, Amy. […]

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Thoughts from the Issue: August 2012

Have you ever had a conversation that changed your life? Maybe you didn’t notice it in the moment, or even the following day. But later you realized that that one exchange fundamentally altered who you are and how you look at yourself or the world. I’m sure you’ve experienced this; we all have. Here is mine: I had just finished […]

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Thoughts from the Magazine: July 2012

Last weekend I was talking to my friend Jeremy, and he said something that I’ve been thinking about ever since. Jeremy produces big events for big companies and explained that, in the world of event planning, there are basically three qualities: good, fast, and cheap. When producing an event, you can guarantee clients that they will get two of those […]

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Thoughts from the Magazine: June 2012

Have you ever met a person who makes you feel completely inadequate when it comes to the things that really matter in life? Oh sure, you manage to get your family out the door with a decent breakfast, and you take in your neighbors’ mail when they go on vacation. You even send hand written thank-you notes after Christmas, which […]

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Thoughts from the Magazine: May 2012

A few years ago, my colleague Kris was sitting by the pool at a hotel in Las Vegas when she overheard two women talking about black cashmere turtlenecks. Specifically, one of the women was saying that she had seen a Real Simple story that identified the best black cashmere turtlenecks and she had asked her husband to get her one […]

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Thoughts from the Magazine: April 2012

Picture this: You come home at the end of a long day. Maybe you’ve been at the office, or shuttling the kids from one activity to another, or running a series of tedious errands. But now you’re home. Ah, home. Doesn’t just reading that word make you feel relaxed? No? Well, I suppose it is dinnertime. The cat is aggressively […]

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Thoughts from the Magazine: March 2012

One of the very, very best things about working at Real Simple is that so much of the content we discuss and present to you makes our own lives easier and better, too. Just ask my husband, my children, my parents, and countless unwitting acquaintances whom I have enlightened with useful tidbits I learned on the job. Just the other […]

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Thoughts from the Magazine: February 2012

By the time you reach a certain age, you know that you are not supposed to love things. Oh, sure, you can admire a masterful sculpture or a gorgeous piece of jewelry or a beautifully crafted table or lamp or chair; you can admire—uh, even rely on—particular over-the-counter medications or types of wine. But you don’t love those things. You […]

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Thoughts from the Magazine: January 2012

Imagine a stop sign. That’s what my mother always used to advise. When one of her daughters was struggling with an issue and heading down the path of frustration and hopelessness, she would say, “Imagine a stop sign.” It sounds so simple, it’s almost silly. But it can actually work. I come from a long, productive line of Super Worriers. […]

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