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Ann Brenoff

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8 Mistakes Parents Make When They Help Kids Apply To College

(26) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 6:24 AM

The 2015 college application season has officially opened. But in our desire to help our kids navigate this land-mine-fraught road, we might actually be doing some things that harm them. Lynn O’Shaughnessy, a nationally recognized college expert, author of "The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right...

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 6:30 AM

People are always spouting life truisms. You know, like when you are struggling in college and they tell you, "This is nothing; life in the real world is so much harder." Or when you're pregnant and they say, "Your life will never be the same after you have kids." Or...

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Who's My Main Man? My Plumber, Of Course

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 6:15 AM

I had to smile when a colleague emailed that she had to work from home that day because she needed to wait for the plumber. She's a virgin home owner, which is to say that when she and her husband bought their first house just a few months ago, she...

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5 Reasons Why Virtual Colonoscopies May Be Right For You

(185) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:38 AM

Anyone who has ever had a colonoscopy (and if you are over 50, we hope you just raised your hand), walks away from the experience wondering, "Why isn't there a better way?" Well, it turns out there just may be, but some within the medical community at-large have been slow...

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7 Things Never To Say To A Middle-Aged Man

(29) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 7:51 AM

Just like a middle-aged woman would prefer you didn't suggest she was "acting menopausal" when she decides to make a citizen's arrest of the driver who just stole her parking spot, middle-aged men also have a bunch of things they'd prefer not to hear ever again. Here are some of...

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5 Reasons Why 4D May Be The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Aging

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 6:59 AM

Just when most of us are still wrapping our heads around Google Glass -- you know, basically wearing your cellphone on your face -- along comes more new technology to challenge our aging selves. This time though, we think mid-lifers might actually want to use a row of happy emojis...

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What I Missed By Not Having Grandparents

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 7:21 AM

By the time my 40-something year-old mother gave birth to me, I was already down to just two living grandparents -- and one of them was in a home for the aged.

My maternal grandfather passed years before I was born and his widow died during my mother's pregnancy. I...

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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

(14) 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

(5) 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

(97) 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.

(76) 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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