Bring On The Sun

Legend has it that the Inuit have 400 words for “snow,” but that is merely legend. According to Karyn Tasens, president and CEO of Translation Aces, they have no more words for the white crystals than do speakers of English. Counting generously, linguist Steven Pinker experts can come up with about a dozen, a number weather forecasters are expanding with new terms ranging from “wintry mix” to “snow event.”

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Punch in on New Year’s Eve

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If it’s January 1, I am at the home of my friends Anne and Keith. Every year the same cast and crew, more or less, gathers in their kitchen, den, dining room, basement, living room to eat (too much), drink (a lot) and share the first day of the new year. Our common thread is that we are all friends and colleagues of Anne and Keith, but the party has become a “same time, next year” event where it is really nice to spend time even with those people you do not see between times.

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Common Sense for Moms

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Babies – goggle eyed and chubby cheeked – were made adorable for a reason: so that their mothers would pick them up (even at 3 in the morning) and fall in love with them. The good doctor (Spock) who was blamed for the excesses of the Sixties generation, actually had very good child-rearing advice. His basic message was that new mothers should trust their own instincts, should listen to their inner selves. Stop worrying so much, he advised.

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What’s In A Name

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It’s old news that celebrities, ever eager to be original have given their babies some bizarre names over the years. There’s Sylvester Stallone’s son, Sage Moonblood, actor Jason Lee’s son Pilot Inspektor, singer songwriter Bob Geldof’s daughter Fifi Trixibelle, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s son Buddy Bear, and rapper T-Pain’s son Kaydnz Kodah to toss off a few.

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