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When people ask what I write about, my short answer is, “travel, taxes and transitions.” But actually, one of the joys of being a journalist is being able to cover a wide variety of topics. My purpose, always, is to be a lighthouse in the darkness: to reveal an angle that might not be readily apparent, or to help readers approach life in new ways. In pursuit of this goal, I have contributed to many different national publications. Some of those articles have been archived — for example, on the websites of The New York Times, Morningstar and Forbes. The following list of stories, arranged by category, shows the range of my work. It also archives all the blog posts that have appeared on this website.

 

 

Book Publishing

How My Book Became A (Self-Published) Best Seller

The Dollars and Sense of Audiobooks: What Indie Publishers Need to Know

Book Reviews

Debut Author Hits The Jackpot With Novel About Alzheimer’s

Descendants Book Author Recalls Working With Clooney

Listening To Audiobooks While You Do Something Else Is The Ultimate In Multitasking

Roz Chast Uses Dark Humor To Cope With Aging Parents

Features

An Insider’s Guide To Cate Blanchett’s Designer Outfits In Blue Jasmine

Better Vision Without Looking Your Age

Collecting: Thieves And Forgers Rush In Where Big Spenders Dare To Tread

Madeline And The Family Business

12 Ways To Beat Insomnia And Sleep Better — No Matter What’s Keeping You Awake

Waking to the Power Of Our Dream Worlds

Food and  Wine

Cooking in Other People’s Kitchens

Eating Like a Grape Picker in Alsace

Four Périgord Markets That Are Worth the Journey

Flavors of Basque Country in a Brooklyn Kitchen

How a Visit to Basque Country Cured Me of Fish Phobia

How to Eat Like A Basque Without Breaking the Bank

In Alsace, Elevating a Once-Scorned Grape to a New Status

In France, Doing a Reverse Julia Child

Shopping for le Weekend in Paris

Sniffing Out a Restaurateur’s Cheesemonger

The Whole Bonito on Budget Travel

Health Insurance

Health Insurance for Frequent Travelers

How I Sued My Health Insurance Company for a Premium Refund

Museums

A Slumber Party Where the Wild Things Are

A Visit to Paris Without Leaving Home

From a Page of French History, Lessons for Modern Times

Personal Essays

Changing Careers May Have Saved My Life

How to Grow Your Network Without Really Trying

Neil Armstrong Dies; Two Takes On His ‘Giant Leap For Mankind’

Summer Camp And The Process Of Letting Go

The Best Travel Souvenirs Are Inexpensive, Everyday Items

When It’s Time To Part With Family Heirlooms, And Why I Gave Away Grandpa Oscar’s Violin

Why We Need Friends Of All Ages

Personal Finance

5 Last-Minute Tax Breaks to Grab Before Year-End

6 Ways the Tax Overhaul Could Hurt You

10 Things To Do When You Win The Lottery

Charity Bankruptcy Leaves Many Donors in Distress

Estate Planning as a Family Conversation

Foundations With a Limited Life

Home Office Deduction Can Skirt Limits on State and Local Taxes

How to Guesstimate Your 2018 Taxes in Three Easy Steps

How to Make Money Without A Job

Inherited IRA Rules: What You Need to Know

Inherited Savings Bonds: What You Need to Know

Loyalty Program Rules Aren’t Ironclad

My Magic Carpet Ride In India

The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received

You Can Get Richer Pinching Pennies Like Warren Buffett

Retirement

3 Ways the New Tax Law Can Hurt Retirees

How A Serial Entrepreneur Built A $95 Million Tax Free Roth IRA

How to Be Richer in Retirement

How to Find Purpose and Meaning Without a Job

How to Make an IRA Last Longer

The Best Foreign Retirement Havens

To Sell, or Not to Sell (Your House)

Sharing Economy

Airbnb ‘Instant Book’ Is Devastating to Older Hosts

Fed Up with Airbnb Amateurs? How to Find the Pros

How to Spot An Airbnb Guest Who Has Something to Hide

What to Do if Your Vacation Turns into an Airbnb Horror Story

Travel

10 Things to Love About France in the Fall

A Favorite Paris Neighborhood, Above and Below Ground

Four Great Rooftop Views of Paris

How To Travel Anywhere With Nothing But A Carry-On Bag

How To Visit Switzerland Without Breaking The Bank

In Alsace During Grape Harvest, ‘BYOB’ Means Bring a Bottle to Fill

In Saint-Cyprien, the Périgord’s Past Is Present

Rather than Barneys, perhaps Bangkok

Savoring Alsace: A Slow Traveler Goes Beyond the Façades

Six High-Altitude Vacations To Take While You Can

Tiny Island in Unspoiled Waters

Touring Amsterdam: A Survival Guide

Two Carless Swiss Villages That Offer Something for Everyone

Why and How to Visit Verdun