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Business Lessons My Wife Has Taught Me

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 11:43 AM

When I started dating the woman who is now my wife, it was just a touch scandalous.

This was seventeen years ago, and we were both working at a magazine - Entertainment Weekly - but on different sides of the publishing fence. She was on the business side selling ads,...

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Supervising Your Brain

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 9:05 AM

I don't trust my brain. It's got some good qualities, sure, but it needs constant supervision. It's like an unruly Boston terrier -- left to its own devices, it will scamper off and rummage through the garbage can, spreading rotten guacamole all over the house. In my brain's case, this...

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How to Be the Healthiest Person Alive

(64) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 8:25 AM

Three years ago, I was fat. Not fat all over. I was what they call "skinny fat" -- a body that resembled a python after swallowing a goat.

My wife had a repertoire. She'd ask me when my baby was due. She'd subtly sing the Winnie the Pooh theme...

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Staying Sane In Iraq: A Soldier's Story

(18) Comments | Posted June 17, 2008 | 10:34 AM

I got a remarkable letter last week from a soldier in Iraq named Shaun Feingold. I found his words so inspiring, I asked him if I could post them, and he agreed.

At the start of the letter, Shaun says he had read some articles describing me as a humorist....

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Freedom From Choice

(46) Comments | Posted October 3, 2007 | 8:00 AM

When I was very young -- nine or ten -- I asked my parents to explain communism. My mom summarized it this way: In the Soviet Union, you don't have any choices. You can only get vanilla ice cream.

I was horrified. Understandably so. Only vanilla? No Baskin-Robbins' 31-derful flavors?

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How to Marry a Second Wife

(63) Comments | Posted September 12, 2007 | 3:08 PM

I spent last year trying to live according to the rules and customs of the Bible. And a few months in, I decided that if I was really going to commit, maybe I should take a shot at polygamy.

It's a huge theme in the Old Testament. Polygamy was, if...

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(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2005 | 10:22 AM

Interesting editorial by Stacy Schiff in today's New York Times on the dangers of interactive truth. The piece is pegged to the LA Times' plan to have wiki-editorials - interactive online editorials that readers can alter to reflect their own ideas, half-baked or otherwise. Schiff suggests we institute...

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