On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $475,000

Bold and whimsical? More like tasteless and kitsch. It's like a dog urinated in every room leaving its inimitable mark. Makes you want to wipe your feet ON THE WAY OUT.

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm 0

On American Workers Want to Know When Their Workday Ends

I used to be in an advertising agency where everyone pretended they didn't have a home. It was very stressful and almost killed me. It's important to recognize the tradeoff between success and sanity.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm 0

On Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

Um... cheating? Cheating what? I avoid the entire holiday season from October to January. Is that cheating? I usually feel better around Valentine's Day but I don't get involved in that mess either.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm 5

On The Allure of the Free Thing

Love the photo for this article. That pretty much sums up my feelings about free things.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm 0

On How to Charge: By the Hour or By the Project

Likewise. I was told to never quote a flat rate. When I do need to create an estimate I look at the number of hours it will take and then double it. Most people who farm out to freelancers are given no budget at all. They are required to find out how much something might cost and then sit around a conference table for the rest of the week trying to figure out how to do it more cheaply.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm 0

On Would Taxes on Sugar Make You Eat Less of It

Is there a medication for orthorexia nervosa yet? Even better, a vaccine.

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm 0

On How Much I Earn, In Royalties, For The Piece of Choral Music I Published in 2002

@HelloTheFuture Nope, I haven't written a single song, but am looking forward to the Coursera songwriting course, Date TBA! Did you ever read that Little Suzy Snowflake story? About the cannabis smoking backup singer that insists on recording the B-side, Let It Snow first? Mr. Boyle keeps it here as a holiday treat: http://www.tcboyle.com/news/tqwh.html

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm 0

On The Cost of Camping When You Haven't Gone In 10 Years But Want To Be a Person Who Camps

I'm the Princess and the Pea when it comes to sleeping pads for camping. I use two: a bulky self inflating monstrosity (contains foam rubber panels that inflate) and an enormous slab of foam rubber. My tent is about 1/4 padding. I sleep extremely well and definitely prefer camping to the weirdness of a motel. I tried an inflatable air-only mattress once but felt like I was sleeping on a blimp and the air in the mattress stays super cold. As long as you are car camping, go for the padding.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm 0

On How Much I Earn, In Royalties, For The Piece of Choral Music I Published in 2002

A lovely short piece with interesting dissonances and charming lyrics. You should be proud to have made money on your music, not many people do. As far as writing hits goes, it is good to write a Christmas song that becomes popular because it makes money every year. Most hit songs peak out, except for “I Wish You Peace” which seems to be gaining popularity slowly.

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm 1

On Getting Sugar Cereals As A Gift

Manufactured cereals were too expensive for my family. Instead, we would consume jelly doughnuts, coffee cakes, shoo fly pies and other items a neighbor who worked at a bakery would give us. Sugar was not a problem in the least.

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 11:48 am 0