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June 26th, 2013 No Comments

Mary Rambin Warhol

The New York Times Sunday edition is one of my favorite things in life. Each section feeds a different passion of mine: travel, style, news, tech, sports, social issues, and even relationships (of every variety). Basically, the writers deliver news with an approachable and digestible voice that makes sense in real life. Reading the articles, one by one, is like enjoying each M&M until the bag is empty. (Yes, I eat the WHOLE bag.  “Just a few” doesn’t fly for me.)

I used to throw out “Sunday Review” because, let’s face it, there’s so much you can read before you want to start the day. Now it’s one one of my coveted sections. Everything we talk about on a daily basis, these writers turn on it’s head and take a new approach that blows my mind wide open.

For example, last Sunday, Elizabeth W Dunn and Michael Norton drew me into their piece called “Happier Spending” with Square’s new Wallet feature. (Wallet allows you to store your credit card info in their system and pay with your id at participating retailers.) Little did I know I was embarking on a dialogue about the pains and pleasure of how and when people spend money. Examples that followed: Birchbox, Hershey’s kisses, and vacation prep, that lead me to their finding:

“Paying up front hurts in the moment but enhances every subsequent moment.”

Before I knew it, I was dissecting my own spending-enjoyment experiences. My shoe purchases came to mind first. I hesitate to buy statement shoes, neglect them for months, and then wear them every day 4 months later.

The other articles in Review were just as interesting. Topics covered span the board. You really never know what you’re going to get, but I’m willing to bet you’ll mind will pucker and you’ll devour the whole thing without thinking twice.


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