Should we allow Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft to get off with a time-out?

When I saw the picture in The New York Times of the "Day Spa" where Patriots' football team owner Robert Kraft met his Waterloo the other day, I was amazed at how innocuous the storefront appeared. Situated in a nondescript suburban strip plaza, the spa advertised waxing and facial treatments as well as the more nebulous services of massage therapy and body treatments. Yikes! I could have easily entered such a place to get my eyebrows waxed without knowing it was fronting a "rub n' tug". Life's full of risks.…

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How does he love me? Let me count the ways

With Valentine's day on the horizon, it serves me well to remember that I'm a very lucky girl. Every day my honey demonstrates his love in so many ways I can hardly count them. Today, for example, he took me out to lunch—treating me at a restaurant where they offered a two-for-one special, until the 25th of the month. He didn't even ask me to pay my share and we had enough leftovers to bring home for dinner—four meals for the price of one. He's so thoughtful like that. I'm…

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2019 Super Bowl vindicates this non-fan of football

Let me be absolutely clear right up front; I have zero interest in and no knowledge or understanding of football. In my opinion it's a violent, concussion-inducing game right up there with cage fighting. Any time I've tried to watch a game I'm bored to tears within four minutes watching overpaid fat guys run a few yards and fall down, or more often, get knocked down—then, get up, only to run and fall down again. I can think of four hundred things I'd rather be doing with my time than…

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10 things I wish I’d known for sure

I was going to title this piece Things I wish I'd known when I was 20. Then I realized the same wisdom applies at age 30, 60 or at any point in our lives. Knowledge is knowledge. It's all about whether you absorb it and make it work for you. I  wish someone had told me these things (and I'd actually taken it heart) when I was 20. So, Gen Xers, Y's and Millennials, this is for you. Here are some things I've learned for sure along the road of…

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Today’s lesson for Boomers. . . 1 + 1 = 1

Math has never been my strong suit. I'm a consistent 20% tipper in restaurants because it's easier to calculate 20% than 15% in my head (and because I was a waitress a long time ago, so I appreciate the value of tips to servers). But, as baby boomers age, we realize that it's easier to get through life with two people than it is with one. I was single for ten years before I married for the first time and spent seventeen years between husband number one and number two,…

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Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Tea Cup is delicious beyond words

Every so often we come across a book that is total escapism. When I read Hollywood actor Reese Witherspoon's Whiskey in a Tea Cup I was released into a world of southern ladies preparing high-calorie comfort foods and relaxing on wide, breezy porches sipping mint juleps. The title is a metaphor for strong southern ladies in delicate, feminine packaging. Same idea as steel magnolias. This is one of those books that embraces you right from the get-go. It's a combination of lifestyle, memoir, decorating, fashion, culture and down-home cooking in…

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