April 01, 1999
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April 1999

For inquiring minds. Taking the mystery out of the world is How Stuff Works (, which describes in detail how just about any object functions. Categories include “Engines and Motors” (cars, rockets), “Things You See in Public” (water towers, radar, house construction), “Around the House” (telephones, smoke detectors, pendulum clocks) and “Your Body” (sunburns, the immune system).

Where there’s a will& As difficult as it is to write a will, perhaps the hardest part is getting started. Take that first step by exploring the Crash Course in Wills and Trusts ( , which breaks down the process and helps readers decide what course to take to get the job done.

Criticism that can’t backfire. When someone has a habit that is driving you crazy, ( kindly intervenes by sending out a tactful note (beginning “Someone who cares wants you to know...”) and a small gift. For example, a copy of Tiffany’s Table Manners is sent to Mr. Slob-with-a-fork ($14.95)


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