August 15, 2016 |
Worldview columnist Trudy Rubin is on vacation.
August 4, 2016 |
THEY LIED. Contrary to the latest feel-good slogan, 50 is not the new 40. In fact, if you're a woman, 50 is more like what 13 was when you were a girl. Yeah, you heard me right. You see, at 50, your body is on an anatomical and physiological roller-coaster ride, just as it was when you reached adolescence and your hormones kicked in, beginning your transition to womanhood. At 50, however, the roller coaster is starting to reverse, though more slowly, as you head toward menopause.
August 1, 2016 |
I hope I'm not too late with this advice, because the children in these parts have been off from school for summer vacation since June. Because the kids may be around the house a little longer than usual each day this time of year, there is increased opportunity for things to get messier. The best, but more expensive, solution is to send them to sleepaway camp for several weeks. If that option isn't available, however, Derek Niederquell of 1-800 Water Damage - a national firm in property restoration specializing in water, fire, and carpet cleaning - offers some tips for keeping your rugs in good shape.
July 25, 2016 |
Oh, those Wildwood days! Summer vacation means fun in the sun somewhere other than your backyard. But it's also prime time for burglars prowling the streets, looking for houses whose owners are out of town on holiday. Of course, that isn't the only thing vacationing homeowners have to worry about. Did you know that 49 percent of all lightning insurance claims and more than one-third of claims filed for hail damage each year are made during summer months? That's what Farmers Insurance says, anyway, and it suggests some things you can do to avoid unpleasant surprises on your return from that glorious week in Wildwood, or Ocean City, or Cape May: Unplug anything that doesn't need to stay plugged in, including televisions and computers.
July 21, 2016 |
The craziness usually begins a full week before arrival day. "Are you bringing the corn? 18 ears?" demands the daughter who prides herself on administrative ability. "You're not on the sign-up sheet. " The sign-up sheet? For a fleeting moment, I want to remind this daughter that I'm her mother, once the maternal equivalent of a CEO, and a reasonably competent woman who knows that I'll be bringing more corn than they're likely to see in Kansas for our first night's dinner on Long Beach Island.
July 14, 2016 |
One dog literally baked to death in the sun and three others suffered extreme neglect all while their Chester owner was on vacation, authorities say. The three young pitbulls that were confiscated by Humane Officers are now recovering, said Justina Calgiano, spokesperson for the Providence Animal Center in Delaware County. On Thursday, the shelter received a call about two dogs left outside for at least two days in brutally hot conditions without water or food, she said. When Humane Officer Ron Riggle and assistant Sean Rowan, also a veterinary technician, arrived at the home in the 1300 block of Vauclain St. in Chester, they saw a collapsed male Akita chained to a cinder block in the yard.
July 8, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I live a plane flight away from my family, and get only one and a half weeks of vacation a year. I get a constant stream of people saying they missed me at whatever event and I should come visit more. I know that individually they mean well, but I'm not happy with the situation either, and the cumulative effect is just to rub it in. I keep replying that I have very little vacation and that I'd be happy to host them, but so far, only one person has even tried to take me up on my offer.
May 15, 2016 |
Question: My spouse and I are at a complete impasse about my son's starting kindergarten this fall. He has a late August birthday, so he can go this year at 5 or wait until next year. My son is smart and well-behaved and academically will probably be fine. I want to wait a year so that he will be more mature; spouse is adamant that we do not. At the heart of the issue: Spouse thinks we should make the decision based on our son right now. I think we should base the decision on what will likely be best for him in middle school, high school, etc. We really truly do not care about sports.
May 9, 2016 |
Summer is inching closer, but, if the data are accurate, fewer Americans have bought vacation houses lately. The National Association of Realtors reported lower vacation-home sales in 2015, although the numbers were the second-highest in about 10 years. There were about 920,000 vacation-home sales nationally, the Realtors group said, compared with 1.13 million in 2014. Sales estimates are based on a national online survey including responses from more than 2,000 adults in the United States who purchased residential properties last year..