Tips from the Teacher


It’s after Labor Day, and most schools are once again in session. When my daughters went off to college, I gave advice about balancing bank accounts, safe sex and getting along with roommates. And I offered them a few suggestions about what I know best:  How to please a professor. Of course, there’s the obvious – do your work and go to class. All successful students do that. But there are other, more subtle ways to make a positive impression on someone who makes a final judgment on you. I’ve taught at a university for decades, so here’s some tips to make any academic star shine a bit brighter. (This works for high school students as well)


Garage Sale Trivia


As I write this, my husband has taken the local paper and is off to a garage sale. I cast him a warning look; I don’t even like my own junk, let alone someone else’s. And yet he has bought some interesting (and even valuable) things over the years. Here are three things I learned after living for decades with an inveterate garage saler. Some observations defy conventional wisdom, others not.


Pink Football Pants – Oh MY!


I just went for breakfast with my friend Diana who must be the world’s greatest mom. She was bereft, having washed her son’s football pants with an old red jersey. The jersey had been washed so many times that she didn’t think it would run. Yet the white football pants were now perfectly pink.


What Is Going on Back There? Tips for a Family Road Trip


If there is a parent alive who has not suffered through a whiny chorus of “Are We There Yet?” or “He’s hitting me,” or “She took my . . .(you fill in the dots), “Do we have to listen to this station?”, my guess is that parent does not have a car. Or has a car with a DVD player in the back seat.