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Putting a home repair theory to the test

About four and a half years ago, I posted about my belief that warranties usually aren’t worth the money. Our sump pump had failed, and the company that had installed it charged me $850 to put in a new one. … Continue reading

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Star Wars makes great strides in creating strong female characters, but the toy makers lag far behind

  Without revealing any spoilers about the new Star Wars movie, I can safely say this… they have made great strides in creating ¬†strong female characters. While there were initial concerns about there being relatively few female characters in the … Continue reading

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A kids’ superhero book that’s actually worth buying

With the holiday season now officially started and gift shopping in full swing, I thought I would take a moment to share a surprising book I stumbled across… a superhero book that is actually worth buying. Every time my son … Continue reading

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The story of the spider and the centipede: who does a kid take after?

Regardless of where you come down on the nature-versus-nurture argument, one thing is very clear: in many respects, kids are a lot like their parents. They have half your DNA and have spent their entire lives with you, and it’s … Continue reading

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A Parenting Milestone: Help that is actually helpful

One of the staples of my childhood growing up in the 80s was listening to Free To Be… You and Me on our Fisher-Price record player.  While most of the songs revolved around creating an egalitarian society where boys and … Continue reading

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Social media’s attempts to appeal to casual users is driving down my usage

Congratulations, Facebook… all of your hard work to appeal to casual users has been successful. I hardly look at you any more. And careful, Twitter… you are risking the same fate! I used to love¬†Facebook. I found it a great … Continue reading

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A well-timed upsell pays off for my florist

For the past 17 years, I have been regularly ordering flowers from the same florist. I send my wife Aviva flowers in September on our wedding anniversary, in October on her birthday, and in November on the anniversary of our … Continue reading

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