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My bank just told me it would take eight business days for a large check I got for selling a house to clear. That’s two weeks in non-banker time. And it was another bank’s check. You’d think they’d at least trust each other, even if they don’t trust me.

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If there’s one thing I know, it’s travel. I’ve acquired some great money-saving tips over the years, and decided I can’t keep them to myself any longer. So here are Jim’s Tips on How to Save Money While Traveling.

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Halloween is six weeks away, and I am very scared. Not of trick-or-treaters coming to my door, or of my car being soaped (even though it needs it).

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Beverly invited us to dinner the other night, telling us she’d just found a new fish stew recipe she was dying to make.

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I recently discovered a box of chicken tenders in my freezer, hidden underneath a container of very fuzzy cherry chocolate-chunk ice cream. I made a salad and put a few pieces of the microwaved tenders on top.

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It seems every week I get another letter from my hospital saying that one of my doctors has resigned, and that I can choose from the following list of health care providers. The list seems to shrink each time around. There’s one M.D. on the list, along with several P.A.s, RPNs and a few titl…

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“Oh look,” I said, “there’s a new store where that messy vacant lot used to be.”

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Finals are over! It’s finally that time again: time to pull out the biggest piece of luggage I have, roughly the size of a sofa, fill it up with all the things I can’t live without for a week, add a few rolling bags and carry them all onto a plane. Then I can sit back and relax in my coach s…

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While I was traveling, my contractor worked on my house. I was a little nervous about letting him do it all without supervision, but since I don’t even know which end of a hammer is the one you pound in screws with, I’m not sure he needed any of my helpful advice anyway.

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I’ve been forced to watch a lot of World Cup football this year, because I’ve been traveling outside the U.S. If, like me, you don’t follow soccer, it’s hard to imagine what a news-dominating event this is for the rest of the world.

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At last, we’ve arrived at Swimsuit City. Let the vacationing begin.

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They say that most people under the age of 30 these days wouldn’t recognize the sound of a needle scratching across a record.

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We about fell over when the owner of our Airbnb rental opened the door for us. It was fantastic!

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You’ve already heard the recent story: Amazon’s voice-activated Echo device secretly recorded a couple’s private conversations and then sent recordings to a random person. That’s the short version, and it has several things wrong with it.

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“Did you just wake up?” asked Ralph from behind the counter as he poured my breakfast coffee.

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I’ve been traveling for the past few weeks, trying to cross a few things off my bucket list.

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Almost every strange story I’ve read in the newspaper or seen on television these past few months seems to have happened on an airplane.

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If you live near the water, there’s a sign you’ll see at the entrance to almost every marina. It says “No Wake.”

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According to a recent Financial Times article, the apartment prices in Manhattan have plunged. Last year, you needed to fork over $2.21 million for the average apartment, but now, you can scoop one up for the low, low price of only $2 million.

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Meghan Markle is engaged to Prince Harry!!! I can barely contain myself. I suppose my invitation will come in the mail any day now. What should I get them for a present? A candle snuffer? A juicer? Some nice towels?

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The treadmills at my health club were all in use when I walked in today. I had to wait for half an hour before there was a free one. Funny, I never had to wait for one in September, October, November or December, but starting January 1, the gym was suddenly busier than Walmart on Black Friday.

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If you’ve ever been on a canoe trip, a rafting trip or a whitewater adventure, you know the outfitters will never let you drink untreated river water. They’re not doing that because river water tastes bad; they’re doing it because they know that rivers are nature’s toilet.

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The kitchen sink is leaking again. Why call an expensive plumber when I can just run down to the giant, big-box hardware store and buy a new washer for 13 cents? Ten minutes at Do-It-Yourself City and my problem would be solved.

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I just wrote another check to my contractor. What do I care? It’s Bitcoin money. Better spend it now before it all disappears.

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Finally we’re moving into the new house. After all the stuff we sold at garage sales, gave away or just threw out, life in the new house should be stress-free: no tchotchkes to dust, fewer square feet to vacuum, no big lawn to take care of, no hedges to trim and no guest bedrooms to worry ab…

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There’s something about family traditions that make the holidays better. My friend Josh was kind enough to tell me all about his family’s Christmas traditions. Take it away, Josh:

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Every year around this time, millions upon millions of people are anxiously waiting for it to arrive. The anticipation, the beating hearts, the excitement of what surprises are soon to come!

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I put the Christmas card from my bank on the mantel with all the other Christmas cards we’ve gotten. The ones from our credit card companies, the one from my auto manufacturer, the one from my mortgage company, the ones from the charities I stopped giving money to 15 years ago, the one from …

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When I was a kid, a rest stop was some tiny gas station on a two-lane highway that had a not-too-clean bathroom around the back that you had to ask permission to use.

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“Oh, it was so good to see you! Sorry about the weather; it usually doesn’t rain here this time of year. Not this heavy, certainly, and not for a whole week. And that wind! I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

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Every year around this time, millions upon millions of people are anxiously waiting for it to arrive. The anticipation, the beating hearts, the excitement of what surprises are soon to come!

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Ever since the book “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and its sequels became such monster hits, it seems every other book on the best-seller list has the world “girl” in the title.

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My bank just told me it would take eight business days for a large check I got for selling a house to clear. That’s two weeks in non-banker time. And it was another bank’s check. You’d think they’d at least trust each other, even if they don’t trust me.

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College is a scam. There are a thousand reasons why I’m saying this, but maybe this is the best one: Would you buy anything else for $200,000 or more that you couldn’t return and get your money back? Don’t like the Ferrari? Give it back. Don’t like your house? Sell it. Your kid comes out of …

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The biggest house in a nearby town is a huge white Victorian that looks like a wedding cake. It has a wide front porch that runs the length of the house, three-story turrets with curved glass windows topped with witches’ hat roofs. It has gables and wings and filigree and shutters and shingl…

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When you’re shopping and you hear “Clean up in aisle 10” over the loudspeaker, it’s usually because some customer dropped a bottle of something messy on the floor. It happens so often, we’re not even surprised when we hear it. No one expects the dropper to pay for it, much less get a mop to …

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I’ve heard that if you want to pronounce the actor Michael Caine’s name the way he does, you simply say “My Cocaine.” Try it: “I’m going to see that new movie starring My Cocaine.”

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I went to see one of the big summer movies yesterday. The papers say it was the highest-grossing film last week, and there’s already a sequel being planned. The publicity for it is relentless.

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Every week we read the wedding announcements in the paper. What the bride wore, where it took place, the name of the officiant, what the bridegroom does, who their parents are and what the parents do for a living. 

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I still have a landline telephone. People ask me why. I actually keep it because that’s how I get my internet out on the farm, but that’s not what I tell them.

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People say golf is boring. Boy, is it ever. I know because I’m out there every sunny day being bored to death. I guess the “golf is boring” crowd thinks someone my age should be out there playing something much more exciting, like football or field hockey or basketball. Although I’m a boring…

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My new computer is blazing fast. They tell me it has several million times the computing power of the ones they used to put a man on the moon, even though it’s only a fraction of the size.

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This is the IRS calling. If you don’t pay us $300 by the end of the day, we’ll come over there and kick you out of your house and send you to jail. So, what credit card do you want to use to pay this?