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Ann Brenoff

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7 Ways Vacations Get Better As Your Kids Get Older

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 7:43 AM

There are some aspects of parenting that, like fine wine, improve with age. Vacationing with your kids is one of them. Here are seven reasons why traveling with teenagers beats traveling with toddlers:

They can pack themselves.
While it behooves any reasonable helicopter parent to double check that the...

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7 Reasons Why I'm Not Celebrating This Labor Day

(12) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 8:14 AM

You know how some people get a case of the blues around the winter holidays? Well, I feel that way around Labor Day.

I jokingly tell people that I suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when it comes to my job. I have one now, but for two years...

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Most Famous Bond Girl, Pussy Galore, Turns 89

(4) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:06 PM

What can we possibly say to the news that Bond Girl Honor Blackman, who played "Pussy Galore" opposite Sean Connery's 007 in "Goldfinger" in 1964, just turned 89? Well "happy birthday" for sure, and a hearty "well-done!"

Blackman, who was the first of two actresses to be older than...

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How Your Doctor Is Turning Into An Airline

(88) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Some doctors seem to have embraced the airlines' model for doing business -- you know, the one where they now charge fees for things they used to just do for free.

I'll leave it to the experts to figure out if this is born of physician greed or physician...

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This Is The Best Obit. Ever.

(72) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Sometimes, even in death, the best person to get the job done is yourself. We figure that's what led Margaret (Marge) Aitken Holcombe to write her own obituary, and when reader Pam Gallagher sent it to our attention, we had to agree that this was The Best Obit. Ever. Many...

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Woodstock: Yeah, It Was Something -- Just Not What You Think

(4) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 6:35 AM

About a month ago, I was standing in front of the Woodstock display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio when it happened again. A guy about my age, wearing a baseball cap over what I assumed was a balding head, sized me up and asked:...

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5 Types Of Annoying People To Avoid At All Costs

(9) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 6:02 AM

Sometimes, I just don't get people. I mean, we all share the same planet and that alone means we need to be aware of overlapping into the personal space of others, right? So with that in mind, I would like to call out a few folks who, to my way...

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I Am Not Adorable, So Please Stop Calling Me That

(60) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 8:17 PM

There's lots of discussion these days about what to call people as they grow older. Nobody likes "elderly"; "senior" and "senior citizen" are a scant improvement over "elderly"; and we can argue til the cows come home exactly what "older person" means. I'm fine with using my actual age as...

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Ciência explica por que você não consegue emagrecer aqueles últimos 2 kg

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Quando você chega à meia-idade, perder aqueles últimos dois quilos é quase impossível para muita gente. E pode ser que seu comprometimento com o regime nem seja o motivo principal. Existem outros fatores, incluindo alguns ambientais. Eis cinco motivos pelos quais você está sofrendo, segundo a ciência:

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5 Innocent Things You Say That Make Retired People Mad

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 7:04 AM

Retirement means different things to different people. It's not a one-size-fits-all lifestyle, and some would argue it's not a lifestyle at all. In the strictest definition, retirement means to stop your work-for-pay job. With that in mind, here are 5 things we caution against saying to someone who is retired:

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Does This Weight Chart Make Me Look Fat?

(8) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 7:25 AM

My doctor gave me one of those heart-to-heart talks: You need to lose some weight and exercise more, he said. The "or else" was implied. I know that being overweight increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and a million other bad things. But I just had to ask:...

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Can This One Guy End Robo-Calls?

(13) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:59 AM

Aaron Foss thinks he may have built a better mousetrap when it comes to ending all those scam calls that ring up your landline. The 36-year-old contract programmer split a $50,000 prize in a crowdsourcing competition staged by the FTC -- you know, those nice people who run that totally...

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Forget First Loves, How About First Jobs?

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 6:12 AM

Before you know it, summer will be fading as fast as our tans and we'll all be planning our Labor Day barbecues. Labor Day is one of those holidays whose meaning -- to celebrate the labor force -- has gotten lost on the way to the perfect burger. But just...

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Is Talking To The Dead On Facebook Unhealthy?

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 7:10 AM

Forget trips to the psychic. Increasingly, Facebook has become our conduit for talking to the dearly departed.

I first noticed a preponderance of people talking to the dead on Facebook last year around Father's Day, an occasion that brought an outpouring of people having conversations with their dead dads....

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The 5 Most Annoying Things About Summer That Never Used To Be

(10) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:25 AM

Growing up, the happiest day of the year for me was always the last day of school. Why? Because it was the start of the laziest, most fun season of the year. But what did adulthood do? It went and ruined it! Here are the five most annoying things about...

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Older Moms, You Just Might Live Longer

(6) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Lots of women delay starting their families for various reasons. Now it turns out that delaying child-bearing might be a way of living longer, according to a study published in the journal Menopause. Women who gave birth to their last child after age 33, had double the odds of "exceptional...

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Lose My Number, Please

(6) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 7:07 AM

The voice message left on our home phone sounded very convincing. Authoritative and with a hint of menace, the caller said that the IRS Crime Investigations Unit was about to file charges for tax evasion against us -- but if we called them back right away and could explain a...

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Dear Esquire, 42-Year-Old Women Were Always Damn Sexy

(34) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 5:12 PM

An open letter to Esquire's Tom Junod:

Dear Tom (now you won't go calling me "Ma'am" just because I think we can be on a first-name basis, will you Tom?),

I'm writing today with a friendly, writer-to-writer suggestion: You might want to get your head out of your...

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5 Money Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Retirement

(4) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 7:40 AM

As the Hippocratic Oath is often (wrongly) credited with saying, "First do no harm." With that philosophy in mind, here are five money mistakes you may be making that could be adversely impacting your retirement years.

You insure the wrong things.
My husband is the world's biggest warranty buyer....

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Why Worrying About Retirement Is Actually A Luxury

(112) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 6:56 AM

My inbox is bombarded daily with pitches from retirement planners who claim to hold the secret to my "dream retirement." They all basically regurgitate the same message: Spend less, save more, and be sure and give them your money to invest because they know better than all the other guys...

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