How to Keep a Family Feud off the Turkey Day Menu

In Norman Rockwell’s familiar Thanksgiving fantasy, Grandma presents a glistening turkey to a happy, multigenerational family. Cut to real life: Disasters range from a firebombed deep-fried turkey to soggy pumpkin pie. And that’s just the food! Unlike the Rockwell tableau, some dinner table conversation more closely resembles the family fireworks in August: Osage County. Thanksgiving can come to mean “family, food, football and feuds,” says Helen Oxenberg, an advice columnist and social worker. >> 10 Tips for Caregivers During the …

What Bill Clinton Doesn’t Get About Being a Grandparent

Bill Clinton was on the Ellen show this week talking about his new granddaughter, or as I like to call her, the other Charlotte. The former prez made some great points about grandparenting, although he and Hillary clearly haven’t spent a whole lot of time with the little one. >> 6 Ways to Be a Sexy Grandma I’m sure he’s very busy, but he seems to be holding back a little. “I told Hillary … ‘Now, we have to remember this …

Solving the Mystery of Skin-Care Products

Every woman I know (including me) is confused by the sheer number (and price range) of skin-care products out there. Many of us haven’t a clue which products work best with others, which should be applied first or last, day or night…you get the (muddled) picture! I call that a beauty bummer. Do we need peptides? Retinol? Hyaluronic acid? All of the above? As we grow older, our skin-care needs become more challenging, thanks to all those years we turned …

Berlin Style: Made for America?

When my husband, Howard, turned 60 this fall, I gave him a trip to Berlin. Rivaling London and Paris, the German capital has emerged as a mecca for food, historical sightseeing (of course) and fashion. Did I have an ulterior motive? Absolutely! Though Howard’s primary interest is architecture, I hoped he would help me capture the clothing and accessory styles of fashionable older Berliners: Might we Americans be able to learn something from the way German women dress? >> No …

Power Color of the Month? Pink!

It may not be your favorite color. But won’t you consider wearing something pink — the color of health and hope — to get the word out that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Watching breast-cancer survivor Hoda Kotb’s recent interview with Joan Lunden, who was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer last June, reset my heart to January 2012, when I lost my dear best friend, Charla Krupp, to the disease. Indeed, every woman I know says her life has …

Has the Hourglass Figure Run Out of Time?

Ladies, are we going from zaftig to zeppelin? According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the waist size of the average American woman grew almost two inches — from just over 36 to nearly 38 — from 1999 to 2012. Making the trend especially curious, the study authors noted, is the fact that abdominal obesity — which jumped from 46.4 percent of the population in 1999 to 54.2 percent in 2012 — keeps getting …