9 scary facts about caffeine

April 3, 2014 5:42pm
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A new book about caffeine has me feeling wary about this psychoactive drug found in coffee and soda. The facts are so disturbing that I’m wondering if it makes sense to become caffeine-free. The author, Murray Carpenter, said he learned a lot in writing “Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us,” which […]

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Greetings from the Academy for Young Writers (AFYW)

March 20, 2014 3:20pm
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Hey! It’s 3:02 p.m. and I’m blogging right this minute from a New York City public high school in Brooklyn. We’re at The Academy for Young Writers, in East New York. AFYW, as everyone calls it, is having a workshop day for students. I was invited by one of the teachers to talk about writing, […]

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How to choose a college: Tips from me and my kid

March 11, 2014 7:28pm
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If you’re hunting for a college, my daughter and I want to help. BOTH of us are here to share what we went through to find her school. It’s not often that you get the parent and child perspectives at the same time! Our side-by-side thoughts are below. We are happy to report that we […]

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‘Gravity,’ Sandra Bullock, fear & getting what you want

March 4, 2014 9:56pm
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Sandra Bullock knows about fear. She’s had to deal with a cheating husband, divorce, single motherhood, aging, adoption. I’m not sure how losing out on the 2014 Oscar for Best Actress impacts the mix, but I’ll bet she’ll be fine.  I’m a fan because she is such a survivor. Recently, she amazed me during a pre-Oscars interview that […]

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Off-Broadway: 10 reasons to see “Kung Fu”

February 21, 2014 9:49am
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Hurry — don’t  miss “Kung Fu,” a new play about the late, great superstar Bruce Lee. This colorful Off-Broadway production has actors and sets that are constantly in motion. In two hours and 15 minutes of dancing, martial arts and Chinese opera, we cover the 1940s to 1971 as we travel across Seattle, Hong Kong, […]

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Clearing gutters in a snowstorm & more, with photos

February 14, 2014 4:13pm
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Ugh, the endless snowstorms! I can find a life lesson in almost anything. But this is one I would’ve preferred to skip. Still, I am learning. The takeaway: Be thoughtful about simple, little details. They hold consequences. This is a huge change in my approach to snow. As a homeowner, I tend to resent all […]

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