Work vs. personal email: setting boundaries

Email etiquette: setting boundaries.

Q. What can I say to a business friend who knows both my work and my home email but sends every communication, including jokes, chain letters and recipes, to my work email? A. You can say, “Fran, I love your emails but when they aren’t about work-related matters, can you please send them to ...

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It’s the season for all things pumpkin

As Judy and I traveled the Tri-State Area promoting Breast Cancer awareness this month, we met many new people and heard about so many new recipes. It is usually still breakfast time when we get off the set, so we have been eating breakfast everywhere. Pumpkin, apple and bold autumnal spices ...

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Whiplash tells compelling story of musical ambition

J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.

As the son and father of musicians, I have spent my life surrounded by the sounds they create and the challenges they face. From an early age, a musician juggles time and ego to be ready when opportunities surface. And they learn how to take pressure in stride. Cool is everything in the music ...

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Rediscover some favorite stars

Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg in The Caine Mutiny.

For anyone who loves to watch great movie stars on screen, check out the films showing on broadcast and cable television this weekend. You can re-discover some of your favorite stars starring in some classic Hollywood movies. Check out these titles. Pat and Mike (1952) For some 25 years, ...

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Social hiking vs. going it alone at ‘The Den’

Godfrey Pond in early fall. —Rob McWilliams photo

Hiking can be completely solitary, intensely social, or somewhere in between. There is no right way. I like hiking alone very much. Going at the perfect pace for me is part of it, but solitude also lets the hiker concentrate on the wonders around more than is possible in company. Company scares ...

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

It’s been a great run for Mazda’s MX-5 Miata, introduced 25 years ago and produced nonstop in Japan ever since. The formula Mazda used was deceptively simple: Build a sweet-handling, inexpensive, reliable roadster, build it right, and let the competitors try to do as well. To date, no one has. ...

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Birdman offers visual and emotional wonder

Michael Keaton gives a "brave performance" in Birdman, according to the Reel Dad.

Film is a visual medium. How a director chooses to use the camera defines how the narrative evolves. The same plot can look and feel one way if a camera is static — standing still, rarely moving — or another if the camera moves. At the movies, visual nuance matters. In Alejandro González ...

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