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Motherhood is not a job. —Elizabeth Gardner My good friend sent me a link to a brilliant Op-Ed by Elizabeth Gardner about motherhood that was published in the Chicago Tribune on April 18th. My friend has two children—two very small children. Somehow, she manages to raise both babies and work part-time as a lawyer. As you… Read more »

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In 1969, desperate to escape my crappy job at a Daitch Shopwell supermarket, I secured a better crappy job in my Yorkville neighborhood. Ben’s Meat O’Mat was a mom and pop butcher/grocery store, except there was no Mom and no Pop, just two oafs named Pete and Harry. They weren’t twins, but they could have… Read more »

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Wondering what that sound is coming from the MOMA? Contributor Kelly Moore checks it out… Have you heard about the Kraftwerk concerts that have been going on at MoMA for the past several days?  It seems everyone has. They’ve been written up everywhere from the New York Times to Time Out to some small local paper in a… Read more »

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Q: My brother has back problems which make wearing a belt uncomfortable for him. He wears sweaters in the wintertime over his dress shirt, and would like some sweater vests for when it’s warmer, to cover over his lack of belt. The problem is, so he tells me, sweater vests in “standard” sizes are not… Read more »

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I am endlessly defending the validity and realism of Sex and the City* in this column, and so this week I thought I’d change things up and try to expose one of its flaws. I didn’t have to think about it for too long. There is one seemingly horrible misrepresentation, one fraudulent, grotesque, Hollywood aspect of the… Read more »

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Genial TV-host Ronald Reagan became president in 1980, it was “morning again in America,” and the customer relationship took off at full blast. For many younger people, this particular relationship was like a breath of fresh air. It’s not like it had never been there before, but during the feel-good ’60s and the get-your-rock-‘n-rolls-off ’70s… Read more »

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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself Any direction you choose. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! ~ Dr. Seuss After a two-week hiatus, I’m back! It was a much-needed break. My husband Ross and I were on a seriously exhausting apartment hunt. Finding an apartment in New… Read more »