Hunkering Down – Hellish Headlines

     If you’re wondering when—and if—there’s going to be ANY good news about anything in the world, you can stop now.  Yes, it’s true that February ended last week—the coldest February in New York City since 1934, and third coldest EVER.  But March is living up to its...

Buried Treasures

         Despite our annual spring cleaning ritual— dutifully dragging out industrial-sized garbage bags of each year’s detritus— the Elisofon family nest has accumulated way too much, well, stuff.  After over 20 years in the same apartment raising our twins, our nest...

Weathering Winter

       Now that the holidays are behind us—and the January sales are upon us—how do we cope with all these frigid, dark days?  It’s not like spring is around the corner; we still have to slog through February and March (possibly the cruelest months).  Yes, I know...

Compassionate Capitalism

     Is compassionate capitalism my impossible dream?  Perhaps trying to combine compassion with capitalism is like mixing oil and water. In today’s world of instant gratification, short-term profits, and “me-first-now,” the concept of compassionate capitalism...

Empty Nest Trifecta

     When I was single in my 20s, I dreaded the holiday trifecta: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  The ordeal began on Thanksgiving, when my parents cross-examined me about my social life.  If I was dating anyone, they wanted to know if “the relationship...

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