The other day my 14-year-old son, Matthew, was really trying to sell me on his wish for a PlayStation 3 video game console this Christmas. Never mind that he owns an XBox system that is in perfect working order, mainly because he got that as a gift from us last Christmas. I know.
The thing is, after paying almost $300 for an XBox last year, I struggled to see the logic
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What’s the toughest question in the world to answer?
If you google the term “world’s toughest question” you’ll come across a panoply of potential candidates:
What is the meaning of life?
What is the secret of happiness?
How can I get rich quickly?
Where is the video contrast setting on an iPad?
Why does the line you’re in always move the slowest?
Why are there Interstate highways in Hawaii?
Yep. Those are pretty tough questions.
Still, I think none
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I’m once again pleased to present another guest post from my good friend, Paula Pant of Afford Anything – the blog that believes money should never hinder your dreams. If you get a chance, stop by her site and check it out — you won’t be disappointed.
I’m Asian-American, straight off the boat – er, straight off the Boeing. My parents carried me to the Land of Stars and
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Last month we found a letter in our mailbox from Discover credit cards that was addressed to my teenage son, Matthew.
Now why would Discover be contacting my son?
You know, the mere thought of a credit card in my 14-year-old son’s hands really gets my hackles up, considering his poor money management skills and reckless free spending ways.
Obviously, there was something fishy going on, and so the Honeybee decided to
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This is the second in an occasional series from my dear nonagenarian Aunt Doris.
I do love to laugh. Even as a kid, any crying always ended in laughing.
In this day and age of complaining, protesting and general worry, it’s what we all need. It can help in the most dire of times.
In World War II, during the bombing of London (yes, I was there) the warden would always
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This is an article from my dear Aunt Doris, who regular readers know is the head panelist in all of my family blind taste-test challenges.
I wish everybody could have an Aunt Doris in their family.
When you buy a refrigerator, or a car, or even a teakettle, you get a booklet that tells you what to expect, how it works, and basically what to do in the case it doesn’t
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I thought this article would be apropos today, considering the Honeybee and I are enjoying a bit of a second honeymoon in Maui this week — sans kids, of course. And yes, we’re having a fabulous time!
It’s tough being single. Perhaps that’s why Internet dating is now bigger than the porn industry, according to an infographic by Online Schools.
In fact, with 40 million people now taking advantage of online dating
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Earlier this summer my teenage son revealed to me and the Honeybee that he has a girlfriend. Yes, it’s his first one.
And as every guy who has ever dared to play the game of love knows, courting the fairer sex requires a suitor to spend a little cash on his girl now and then. At least it does for those who want to get to second base.
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This is a guest post from my daughter, Nina.
Hello! It’s me, Nina, again! My dad asked me to write another post for him. He let me pick the picture too!
He paid me $15 for this, by the way. (Thank you, Dad!)
That money’s going to come in handy too because lately I’ve been trying to save up for a new laptop computer. The one that I have my
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I hate to admit this, kids, but I used to think my parents were really dumb too. A few peas short of a casserole. All foam, no beer. Dumber than a box of hair.
I get it; Matthew, you’re 14 and, Nina, you’re 12 going on 26, which, by default, means you both already know everything about anything. But as time passes by, you’ll begin to realize that the older you
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