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      haverwench I do indulge in the occasional coffeehouse treat, but when I say occasional, I mean once or twice a month. As a daily habit, I agree, it's not worth the money, especially for brewed coffee, which is very easy to make at home.
      We don't usually buy soda, bu...  more
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  • turtle
    turtlejillibean: Jill, I just received the envelope you sent, and I am overwhelmed. That is a huge amount of money. I truly hope I can return the favor in some form to you. I thank you so much for helping me in this time of real need.
    The first third of it will go for a b...  more
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      jillibean Susan, you already pay it forward by helping others when you can. That's what good people do. Jill
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      haverwench Well, I remember once waiting at least a couple of hours for tickets to the free Plays in the Park production of The Tempest, starring Patrick Stewart. But the wait was in Central Park on a lovely summer Saturday, so it really wasn't a problem. And it was...  more
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    • Emily Guy Birken
      haverwench OK, so where did *she* come up with such an odd number as 27? It's not "x things per day," because it's not a multiple of 7. Is it "4 things per day, minus 1"? Is it "9 things, 3 days a week"? Her website offers no informatio...  more
    • Emily Guy Birken
      Emily Guy Birken @haverwench, I suspect it was just a number she picked at random. You could email her to ask, but I've never seen a specific explanation of why 27. I think it's enough to make a difference but not so many that it will overwhelm you...?
      • September 5
    • Emily Guy Birken
      tracy 3 cubed? I think a good number, it is a good amount of stuff, but you can do it.
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    • Emily Guy Birken
      haverwench Actually, Miss Manners has offered a suggestion about how to drop a gift-related hint for a children's birthday party. A reader said her three-year old daughter was inundated with stuffed animals and asked if there was any polite way to tell the guests, i...  more
      • September 2
    • Emily Guy Birken
      haverwench Drat, I got cut off. Rest of my comment:
      I think this, or a variant of it, is much nicer than saying "No gifts." The rationale behind not mentioning gifts is not only that it's impolite to appear to be expecting them; it's also that it's an insu...  more
      • September 2
    • Emily Guy Birken
      haverwench Part 3:
      Another way around your problem, for future birthdays, might be to throw a hobbit birthday party. The tradition among hobbits is to give presents on your birthday, rather than receive them. So instead of taking stuff to Goodwill for a while before...  more
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