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Category Archives: Mammon

XERXES IN BLUE JEANS

An economically disadvantaged discussion: I have a friend who recently came into a great deal of money.  It wasn’t the lottery, but years of hard work that paid off dramatically.  Now he can afford much nicer things, and I find myself insecure about returning any kind of hospitality.  He’s never said anything one way or […]

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DONA NOBIS PAINTINGS

An unsolicited solicitation: I am a working artist, and I sell fairly regularly.  I am getting more and more requests from non-profits for donations for their silent auctions and other fundraising schemes…it’s expensive to paint, and I can’t afford to give to all of them.  What can I say to politely decline? LISTEN: You shouldn’t. […]

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BOARD

A criticized creature reports: I am finishing up a let’s call it a creative project.  I have shared it with some of my friends and the reaction has been mostly positive.  Then out of the blue at a dinner party one of my friends said it was boring!  It took me aback and I didn’t […]

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CRAIGSLOST

A frustrated shopper writes: I like to peruse craigslist to look for neat things that one doesn’t generally find at the stores.  Most of the time it goes ok, you meet someone new and get something cool for cheap, but increasingly I’ve just been left hanging out to dry.  Would you classify standing someone up […]

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GREIFSCHECK

A thwarted, generous soul inquires: A few of us go to lunch every Friday, and we stay for a while.  We have wine and talk and linger…anyway, at the end of the lunch, one of our friends always grabs the bill!  What can I do to politely tell him to let it go?  That it’s […]

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FREE DELIVERY*

A mercantile exploration from an intrepid online shopper: I recently purchased a piece of furniture on craigslist.  I got the cash, drove to the location (the parking lot of a big box store) at the appointed time and waited.  And waited.  And they never showed up. And from the purveyor of fine goods: What do […]

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