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Mother Love

By Annie Korzen

August 29, 2011 | 3:07 pm

Journal Mother Love 8/29/11
When our son Jonathan was a teenager, we made it clear that he was expected to get a summer job.  He tried hard but couldn’t find anything, so I asked my... read on

  • Boomerang Kids

    By Annie Korzen

    August 24, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    ENOUGH ALREADY!
    In most cultures in the world, grown children are expected to feed, clothe, and house their elders and in many cases it’s the mother-in-law who runs the family.  What an excellent idea! In our society, however, parenting seems to have become a lifetime job.

    After... read on

  • The Secular Bar Mitzvah

    By Annie Korzen

    August 22, 2011 | 12:46 pm

    Coming-of-age rituals are a part of growing up.  They exist in every culture: christenings, communions, sweet-sixteens, quinceaneras, debutante balls – whatever.  They can all take a bite out of your wallet. But, thrifty as we are, that is not the main reason we did not give our... read on

  • Thrifty Parenting, Part 2, Educating Your Child

    By Annie Korzen

    August 17, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    THE BIG E
    If we want our kids to have secure financial futures, we have to pay the price of educating them. The more nerdy they are as teenagers, the more successful they’ll be later on.  Brains earn bucks, and nobody knows this better than poor immigrants.  I grew up in a... read on

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  • Thrifty Parenting, Part 1

    By Annie Korzen

    August 15, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    When my son, Jonathan, was little, he used to ask me why he didn’t have any brothers or sisters, and I would say, “We didn’t have more children because we got the one we wanted.”  This was almost true.  What I left out was that kids cost money.  They demand costly things like... read on

  • Thrifty Parenting, Part 1

    By Annie Korzen

    August 15, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    When my son, Jonathan, was little, he used to ask me why he didn’t have any brothers or sisters, and I would say, “We didn’t have more children because we got the one we wanted.”  This was almost true.  What I left out was that kids cost money.  They demand costly things like... read on

  • Free Kidney on Craig’s List

    By Annie Korzen

    August 10, 2011 | 10:37 am

    A short while ago I was at a meet-the-authors brunch at American Jewish University, talking about my Bargain Junkie book.  At one point I said to the audience, “I want to hear your own greatest bargain stories.  The best one I ever heard was about a woman who got a free kidney on... read on

  • MORE FREEBIES

    By Annie Korzen

    August 8, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    MYSTERIOUS CLIPSHere’s a puzzling fact: for some reason, there are always perfectly good paper clips lying on the sidewalk.  Unless you’re germ-phobic - which is one of the few fears I do not have – you can pick up all manner of paper clips in varying sizes and colors any day... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Annie Korzen is a comedy writer and performer. Her humorous essays have been printed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She has...

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