recent from 100 The Eternal Fruitcake
The fruitcake is ageless.  It never perishes, but continues to be passed down through generations.  It has, in fact been rumored that there is only one fruitcake that makes the rounds from house to house until it arrives back to its original owner.  The last person to receive a fruitcake is the one who is... Read More
recent from 118 Breakfast Mascots of the Past
 What’s for breakfast?  Commercials, of course.  Whether you grew up in the 40s, 50s, 60s or 70s, it’s likely that you can still hum or whistle at least three jingles from ads that ruled the airwaves when you were growing up.  Some of the most memorable characters of our youth were pitchmen—or... Read More
recent from 44 Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa’s Helpers Tell All
There is only one Santa Claus, Virginia, but with all the work he does at the North Pole and the tall orders he has to fill each year, Santa relies on a host of look-a-likes who weave magic in the hearts of children—and some adults—in the weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday.  We’re talking about... Read More
recent from 95 The Promise of a Pencil
The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun, Scribner, 2014— It is one thing to imagine your dream job, quite another to manifest it into a living. Where do you even know where to start? In The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create... Read More
Act Two Blogs
Donna Giachetti blogs for Act Two

For years, I've been letting my "geek flag" fly, but lately I’ve started to worry about some of my hyper-digital-multi-tasking habits. read more

Anne Ambuhl blogs about beauty and style

I figure I’ve left my poor old face to its own devices so long; it's time to take proper care of it for my future. read more

John Schwab's movie reviews

This extraordinary coming-of-age documentary follows a boy’s harrowing journey to manhood amid Middle East more

Rosy Prose from the perspective of the second half of life

How do we get to a place where life is good for women, men and children and no one is short-changed? read more

recent from 115 The Women’s Movement: Did It Work?
Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and the women’s movement made a huge difference in this country.  Many of us are old enough to remember a time when Harvard and Yale were for men only, when women were turned down for jobs because of their gender, when there was no “equal pay for equal work,” and no school... Read More
recent from 87 STARGAZING with Cindy Pearlman
SONIA KASHUK’S WINTER SKINCARE TIPS— Baby, it’s ridiculously cold outside. Want to save face during the cold weather months?  I consulted with celebrity skincare guru Sonia Kashuk, who knows how to save over-50 skin from the ravages of the cold weather months.   Sonia has styled the rich and famous... Read More
recent from 22 Point and Shoot: A Harrowing Documentary
Part Boyhood (2014) and part Full Metal Jacket (1987), the extraordinary coming-of-age documentary Point and Shoot follows a boy’s harrowing journey to manhood. We see him grow from naïve innocent kid to hardened revolutionary soldier choosing to put himself in the middle of the most dangerous Middle East... Read More
recent from 103 Smoking Grannies?
If you haven’t already watched the YouTube viral video of three grandmothers getting stoned for the first time in their lives, you don’t know what you’re missing.  (Neither, it would seem, did the three smoking grannies.)   The grannies explained why they’d never smoked weed.... Read More
recent from 19 7 Things We Spend Too Much On
Whether your goal is to increase your nest egg for that next vacation or leaky roof, chances are you’re spending more money than you realize.  It’s important to look at how you spend your money.  Do you really need the newest iPhone?  Is your old stove seriously such an eyesore?  Cutting down on certain... Read More
recent from 72 100 Years of Beauty in 1 Minute
It’s worth 60 seconds to witness 100 years of beauty.  Enjoy this time lapse video of a model getting her hair and makeup done to match every decade from 1910 to 2010.   It’s hard to tell which decade was the most grueling for women trying to look stylish!  (We vote for the 1950′s) Hair... Read More
recent from 116 It’s a Wrap! Beautiful Gifts Made Easy
Some of us have been holiday shopping since July.  Our closets are filled with the perfect gifts, but now comes the bad part—we have to wrap them.   If you’re like me, you still have gift wrap nightmares from years past. That shiny foil paper you fell in love with at Stop & Shop was a whopping... Read More
recent from 18 Pack Right and Travel Light
Whether you’re traveling for the holidays or planning an exotic vacation, you need to pack right and travel light.  These 10 tips will keep your life—and luggage—in good shape.   Start by making a list of the essentials you’ll need.  ”Essentials” means those can’t-do-without items... Read More