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Yvonne Durant
Yvonne and Yvette are identical twins and blog at

Entries by Yvonne Durant

The Etiquette of Alzheimer's

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 1:56 PM

Next week, B. and Dan will be doing a talk and a signing for their book, Before I Forget, on Tuesday, January 19th at Barnes and Noble, Broadway and 82nd Street, New York. I'm looking forward to seeing them, getting the book and listening to the talk. But,...

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Thanksgiving Dos and Don'ts for Hosts and Guests

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 4:17 PM

And we're off and running. The holiday season kicks off this week with Thanksgiving. Some of us will spend the most time we've ever spent all year round in our kitchens basting, chopping, stirring and hoping that it all turns out well. We thought we'd whip up some dos and...

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Polly Wanna A Cracker? Not Today. A Grocery Shopper's Tale

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 11:59 AM

All I wanted was a box of crackers for some cheese.

My quest began at one of my neighborhood's fancy food stores. I know what I'm in for as soon as I walk through its doors, I bop to the sound of "ka-ching, ka-ching."

Not any...

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Regifting: The Gift You Keep Giving

(2) Comments | Posted January 2, 2011 | 10:50 PM

A couple of years ago, my sister Yvette gave a friend a piece of furniture, a small table. Her friend appeared to be grateful and happily took it home. Apparently, her happiness was short-lived, because she ended up giving the table to her sister. She had no problems sharing this...

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When Gifts Come with Gab

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 3:14 PM

"I want you to know that I went out of my house twice in the same day looking for a gift for you," said Yvette's friend as she handed my sister the present responsible for ripping the woman away from the comforts of her home, not once but twice. Yvette...

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Shrimp Chasers and Double Dippers

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 2:07 PM

In light of the holiday season, we have a question? What is it about shrimp that makes people go crazy? The next time you go to a cocktail party, watch what happens when a tray of shrimp comes through. There's nothing wrong with liking shrimp, but when you start running...

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Happy Holidating!

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 4:21 PM

There is no more rigorous a test of a relationship, especially a new one, than the holidays. We've all starred in our personal "Home Alone" movie, and not always by choice.

One friend shared an experience she had last Christmas. She'd been dating a man for five months. The closer...

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Twin Etiquette: What Not to Say When Talking to Identical Twins

(4) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 8:02 PM

My twin sister Yvette and I don't think that being twins is one big barrel of fun. A lifetime of being mistaken for someone else can be trying. The script rarely varies. "Oh, I thought you were your sister. You two look so much alike." That's what identical twins do,...

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Holiday Etiquette: Don't Be a Turkey This Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2010 | 12:15 PM

And we're off and running. Thanksgiving, the kick-off for the holiday season, is here. Some of us will spend the most time we've ever spent all year round in our kitchens basting, chopping, stirring and hoping that it all turns out well. We thought we'd whip up some dos and...

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What to Say And Not Say to a Divorced Friend

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 3:11 PM

Divorce is horrible. It is the pain that keeps giving. If you have a friend going through it try and be as comforting as you can. There is no need to try and make her/him feel better by trashing the soon to be ex. Doing that doesn't make the wounded...

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Elaine of Elaine's on Dining, Wining and Whining

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 2:12 PM

My sister and I have been to Elaine's just a few times. It's the best people watching and clams oreganato in town, we believe. A few months ago we asked her about life at Elaine's, as an observer and saloonkeeper.

Asked if she ever goes gaga over the famous...

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Obesity Manners

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 2:26 PM

Obesity affects all of us in some way or the other. And just like in other areas of our lives, etiquette is mandatory. And we all know how rude people can be when it comes to physical appearances.

"He broke the leg of an antique chair because of his weight...

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Bed Bug Etiquette

(6) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 4:12 PM

Remember, "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite?" It's no secret; a lot of people aren't sleeping tight because bed bugs are biting. Once blamed on the poor, bed bugs have become an equal opportunity annoyance of big proportion and expense.

This is not the time to be...

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One African-American Family's Journey to Judaism

(114) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 8:33 AM

"It's an explosion of luuuv!" Elyse yells from the kitchen as she admires the golden challah loaves that she and her daughter Sydnee have prepared for the evening's Shabbat.

This night will be like no other night I've experienced with a Jewish family....

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