“Coming to Visit” was the subject line on an email I got a few weeks ago. Some out-of-town friends were traveling to New York City and staying in a hotel near my apartment. My friends’ children — a law student and a film maker — were in town too, as well as their daughter’s boyfriend. I invited everyone to my […]
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Sometimes at a restaurant, you end up doing “the bill dance.” The check comes, and three friends reach for it in synchronized motion, and then the argument starts: You got it last time, hand it over. No, my turn. No, it’s mine, because you threw that Taco Tuesday party for me six months ago and bought all that tequila! This […]
I recently did a story on a new test from a firm called Life Length, which purports to predict someone’s lifespan by using the science of telomeres. They are structures located at the tips of chromosomes; researchers have found people with shorter-than-average telomeres die sooner, although habits such as diet and exercise can make a difference.
This week’s etiquette dilemma comes from Catherine Jarmain, who recently posed the question on Real Simple’s Facebook page:
“Should I tip my hair stylist if he is also the salon owner? I went to him for the first time last week and he gave me the best cut I have ever had. I didn’t tip him because my mother always said not to, but my husband said I should have.”
Should Catherine tip him next time?
My friend Jill’s mother-in-law ran over her dog. Not on purpose. She accidentally backed up her sport utility vehicle and crushed the dog’s pelvis. While pet-sitting. As a favor.
The question: Who should pay for the dog’s surgery and medical expenses?
My middle daughter is eleven, stands 5-foot-8 and loves the game of basketball. Her dad, who stands nearly 6-foot-7, funded his college education on a basketball scholarship. While we save our pennies for those upcoming tuition bills, I harbor secret fantasies about her winning a full ride to school on a sports scholarship. But a new analysis suggests that’s a fantasy that’s unlikely to be fulfilled — and the prospects are especially dim for female students.
Another easy way to cut down your electric bill this spring and summer: Keep your shades closed especially on the west- and south-facing windows of your home. Doing so prevents your home from being heated by the sun and making your cooling system work harder.
In the colder months do the opposite. Keep your shades up during the day if you can to take advantage of the sun’s energy.
What do you do to keep your electric bills low during the summer?