Monthly Archives: March 2014

Cents and nonsense: making what you will of financial services advertising


March Madness is upon us. No, not college hoops, but that last, frantic dash to preparing income tax returns (the one time of year I totally identify with Grover Norquist) and thinking maybe, just maybe, we the 99% need to get a little more organized about budgeting and financial planning. Luckily, help is on the…

Good, old reliable Maytag has a new face and vibe


When it rains, it pours. Or, as so often happens in my house, when one appliance (or other big ticket item) breaks down, they all collapse into one sorry heap. Recently, it was the water heater (“an antique,” I was told or as I prefer to think of it, “vintage”), then the dishwasher and lastly,…

We are Barbie, hear us roar


Sports Illustrated caused a kerfuffle last month when it featured (the allegedly sexualized) Barbie in its (demonstrably sexist) swimsuit issue. As a feminist, I just couldn’t see what the fuss was about. As Barbie herself explained, without irony, in a brilliantly written full-page ad in NYT, she is “a doll.” A provocative conversation starter and…

Television goes to the dogs (and cats)


How much misery could be prevented in the world if we all had someone to love us. Unconditionally. Unwaveringly. And, most especially, non-judgmentally. As they say in our nation’s capitol, “if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” (Considering his tsuris with Congress, perhaps the president should get a kennel-full.) So we were…

Tapas: sketches from a Spanish kitchen


The sunny, surreal nature of Spanish cuisine and decor is on full display at “Tapas,” a multi-media exhibit of food, tableware and restaurant design now being served at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain in Washington, DC. Like the appetizers that give the show its name, the items have been curated  and assembled…

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