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Bits and Pieces

Home Living Bits and Pieces

Who let the cat out of the bag?

OK, I tried not to listen, but the conversation was so titillating... It was the real-life version of "50 Shades of Grey."

Time away makes home even more special

A three-week vacation to Italy made columnist Celia Marszal-Iannelli appreciate home even more.

What’s in a name? Plenty!

An ill-fated trip to the DMV to apply for an enhanced driver's license leads to an existential crisis for Cecilia Constance (Lucia) aka Ceil aka Cookie.

The little green monster that can ruin your life

Jealousy can ruin lives, wreck marriages and other relationships and lead to revenge and even murder.

Narcissism reigns in our ‘me-me’ world

What are the impacts of living in this narcissistic age? Look what happened to Narcissus.

Beware 30-somethings in spandex

The gal in the blue spandex invited me to join her in a high-intensity interval-training workout. I accepted. Big mistake.

The value — and limits — of a backup plan

When you work 'in the cloud' you really need to keep a copy of everything on your computer, right? And who would leave home without a backup bag packed with just-in-case necessities?

Gifts from the heart are always the right size and color

Gifts given from a warm hand and a warm heart are always appreciated.

Finding peace this Christmas: Let’s focus what unites us, not what divides us

The lyrics of a carol from the poem "Christmas Bells," written on Christmas Day in 1863 by Henry Wadsworth snaps everything into perspective: “Then pealed the bells loud and deep; God is not dead, nor doth he sleep. The wrong shall fail, the right prevail. With peace on earth, goodwill to men.”

My big fat Italian Thanksgiving

This year, I will celebrate the gift of family by embracing my Italian tradition
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