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Miss Manners: The less said about bathroom reading material, the better

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

October 20, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Do you think it’s tacky to have magazines in the guest bathroom? These would be decorator magazines. GENTLE READER: The subject of the magazine is hardly the point — although that is not to suggest that context does not make some print offerings more alarming than others. Miss Manners is thinking of a friend who included her pre-med anatomy text on her shelf of cookbooks to see if anyone was paying attention. Read full article >> … Read More

Rebecca Frankel: "War Dogs"

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

October 20, 2014

Dogs were not officially made a part of the U.S. military until 1942. But their history of working on battlefields worldwide stretches back much further. Today, American military working dogs detect improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, with remarkable accuracy. They also provide comfort to men and women in uniform suffering emotional and physical wounds of war. But they are not always given the recognition that journalist Rebecca Frankel believes they deserve. When she began her weekly column … Read More

The Latest On National And International Efforts To Address The Ebola Crisis

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

October 20, 2014

West African countries continue to fight the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, which has now claimed more than 4,500 lives. A shortage of doctors in many of those countries continues to be a major challenge. Here in the U.S., two Ebola patients are recovering at hospitals in Maryland and Georgia, and a lab worker who had boarded a cruise ship tested negative for the virus. President Barack Obama appointed an Ebola "czar," while the Pentagon readied a team of 30 military doctors to assist hos … Read More

Caving Corporations Continued….

By Barbara Kellerman

barbarakellerman.com

October 20, 2014

Must be in the ether. In this past week’s Economist (10 […] … Read More

Miss Manners: Vacation photos on social media can be safely ignored

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

October 18, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I think it is lovely that people can go on vacations to wonderful and exotic places, but is it appropriate for them to share photos on social media of their luxurious trips? One or two is fine, but when I see photo after photo of a vacation, I start to get uncomfortable. I was taught that it is not polite to share vacation photos in this way, in the same way that it is improper to talk about an expensive gift. Read full article >> … Read More

Failures of Competence

By Joe Nocera

New York Times

October 17, 2014

The C.D.C. was supposed to be the federal agency that we could trust without fail. … Read More

Millennials just not that much into cars

By Froma Harrop

fromaharrop.com

October 17, 2014

And who can blame them, given so many of their childhoods trapped in the ugliness of chain-store sprawl? An interesting new report offers other reasons, chiefly economic ones, for the phenomenon. But here’s my take: WHY MILLENNIALS DON’T DRIVE THT MUCH   FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER: @FromaHarrop … Read More

Friday News Roundup - International

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

October 17, 2014

The U.N. says the world is failing to contain Ebola in West Africa, stepped-up coalition airstrikes in the battle against ISIS on a Syrian border town and new concerns about sagging global economic growth: Please join us to discuss the week’s top international news stories. … Read More

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

October 17, 2014

The CDC director faces questions on Capitol Hill about U.S. Ebola preparedness. Courts weigh in on voter ID laws in two states. And a volatile week for the stock market. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week’s top national news stories. … Read More

The Best Way to Increase Your Joy

By Bonnie McFarland

Savoring Your Sixties

October 17, 2014

Hello! As you may know, I’ve been on break for the last 6 weeks or so. I’ve had a great time relaxing, spending time with friends and family, and vacationing with my husband. Such a great time, in fact, that I’ve been slow to restart and I’m thinking about working less and playing more going […] … Read More

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