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June 02, 2014

"Why I Finally Let My Girls Be Girly"

A columnist discovers what my wife and I and many other parents eventually discover.

At eighteen months, my daughters started caring about what they wore. A lot. And what they wanted was pink and purple, to the exclusion of every other color. The occasional yellow or red was acceptable, but the suggestion of a blue dress was met with distress, and brown was anathema. For a while, I could get them to wear jeans or shorts with t-shirts; and then they realized that if they screamed enough, I would relent and put them in dresses. Spending time with toddlers is an exercise in choosing battles, and this was one I was willing to concede.

May 21, 2014

"17 Hard Truths Every College Grad Needs To Understand"

A lot of good advice here for young people. This alone is worth the price of admission:

5. You finished four years of bloated, long-winded 12-page college essays. Unfortunately, the real world is busy and demands brevity. Remember: less is always more.

May 15, 2014

"Killing a Piano"

So often our fears prove groundless.

May 13, 2014

James Lileks really should pick on somebody his own (intellectual) size . . .

. . . but I'm glad he didn't, because "Monogamy Envy" is funny.

April 06, 2014

"The Collected Wisdom of Bill Murray"



Whenever I think of the high salaries we are paid as film actors, I think it is for the travel, the time away, and any trouble you get into through being well known. It's not for the acting, that's for sure.


I made a lot of mistakes and realized I had to let them go. Don't think about your errors or failures, otherwise you'll never do a thing. 

Bonus: "50 Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of All Time".

April 03, 2014

"Top bridge player, 80, collapsed and died at card table after being dealt 'once-in-a-lifetime' winning hand"

Not to nitpick a sad but interesting story--but hey, that's part of the reason why I'm here--but the two references to a "29 point game" should be to a "29 point hand" and the statement near the middle of the piece that "The maximum points total for a bridge hand is 37" should be "The maximum points total for a bridge hand is 40".

UPDATE: as the commentors correctly point out, the maximum points in a hand is, in fact, 37. I thank the commentors and apologize for my mistake.

March 30, 2014

"At this burger stand, the thrill may be gone, but the grill is not"

At 87 Bill Elwell is a bit cranky, but he's still cooking.

Bill Elwell doesn't want any more customers, but they just keep coming.

"Is McDonald's closed today?" he likes to grunt to those lined up outside his tiny burger stand in an industrial pocket of the San Fernando Valley. "Why is everyone here? Go down the street!"

Elwell is 87 and cranky, and folks can't seem to get enough of him.

March 16, 2014

"The Surprising Places Married Couples Meet"

"School" being just 10.97% is sad

March 15, 2014

"For Holocaust Escapee, a 'Fairy Tale' Come True"

Lovely story: at 11, Simon Gronowski escaped from a train taking him to Auschwitz.

This week, at 82, he got to play in Woody Allen's band

March 14, 2014

"27 People Who Are Way Worse At Parenting Than You"

"These 'parents' will make you feel like a freaking Huxtable."

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