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  • Gapping Generations

    Posted on October 19th, 2012 Patricia No comments

    I’ve never been a big believer in the philosophy of the so-called “generation gap.” Although it would explain a few insignificant differences in trivial matters such as music (I’m not crazy about the lyrics in many of the songs today) and decorating preferences (photos of my Mother’s old orange curtains make me gag), generally similarities prevail, and the things that I consider important are the same as those of generations of women before me. And thus, I have scoffed at this “generation gap” ideology in the past, wondering who on earth had the time to separate people into such silly little slots. That is, until the other day… Read the rest of this entry »

  • Wagon Wheel Game

    Posted on March 2nd, 2012 Patricia No comments

    What you’ll need:
    2 paper plates
    9 bottle caps
    8 beans (4 light, 4 dark)
    String Read the rest of this entry »

  • A Gift Shop with just about Everything in Store

    Posted on November 2nd, 2011 Patricia No comments

    HEN there’s not much in the kitty but you’d still quite like to give a porcelain cat or kittens a good home, it might pay you to shop at Brown’s of Sherbourne. They’re a gift shop in Cheap Street! Read the rest of this entry »

  • Stanford School of Business Post 2

    Posted on May 13th, 2011 Patricia No comments



    Why bother adding the ecommerce program when the Internet already suffuses much of Stanford’s academic and professional culture? “We wanted to bring under one umbrella what we’re already doing or should be doing,” says Garth Saloner, professor of strategic management and economics, who will co-direct the new ecommerce program. “We want to be a leader in the area of ecommerce.” Michael Spence, GSB’s outgoing dean, who will co-teach a new ecommerce course with Saloner, adds: “the Internet affects all of business, and it’s changing business education…. We want to be part of that change, not just keep up with it.” Read the rest of this entry »

  • Stanford School of Business Post 1

    Posted on May 5th, 2011 Patricia No comments

    There are those like Brain Lui, who waited until graduating from University’s Graduate School of Business before starting their Internet ventures. And there are others like Katy Roberto and Jenifer Luis, who bowed out in the middle of the two-year program-carrying $1 million in venture funding-to jump full-swing into their startups. Many others of the 700-plus students in the two-year MBA program insist they’re working feverishly on developing a business plan.
    “We wanted to bring under one umbrella what we’re already doing,” says Garold Gender, co-director of the new ecommerce program. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Setting Financial Priorities

    Posted on April 4th, 2011 Patricia No comments

    You already know how important it is to make sure that you and your partner are on the same financial wavelength. What you might not realize, however, is how important it is that your children share the same financial goals. Of course, some items in the family budget aren’t up for discussion: You have to make your mortgage payments and car payments, like it or not. Where kids can have a say, however, is in how the family chooses to spend its discretionary income. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Borrowing

    Posted on March 16th, 2011 Patricia No comments

    Is it ever a good idea, financially speaking, to borrow money from a 401(k)?

    You’ve asked an excellent question. Here are the basics:

    About 75% of all employers allow employees to borrow up to 50% of their vested balance or $50,000, whichever is less, from their 401(k) plan.

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  • Gardener’s Wish List

    Posted on March 10th, 2011 Patricia No comments

    If you’ve been getting by with tools from the 99-cent bin, now’s the time to equip yourself with the right stuff.

    In the digging department, it’s hard to beat the Smith & Hawken gardener’s tool set ($39), including trowel, transplanting trowel and cultivator fork, along with gardener’s soap and leather gloves in a nifty wood case. For major jobs, consider going all out and splurging for Bosmere’s digging spade ($72.98), border fork and border spade ($69.98 each). Though they look almost too pretty to use, these tough puppies are made of ash wood and stainless steel that resists rust and clinging clay. Should you ever manage to break one, Bosmere will replace it.

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  • Private and Public Schools

    Posted on March 2nd, 2011 Patricia No comments

    Our family is faced with a decision about sending our son to a private school or enrolling him in a local public school. We would value your insight.

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  • Play

    Posted on February 23rd, 2011 Patricia No comments

    “Hey Mom, hey Dad. Can you come out and play?”

    Play relieves stress, stimulates creativity and encourages a positive outlook on life. Play is a gift that kids offer us; that oddly liberating chance to get finger paint under our nails and mud between our toes again.

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