Paris 20 Years Ago – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – January 9, 2014

Paris 20 Years Ago – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – January 9, 2014

CFN – Ten years ago, as a 20-year-old art history student, I traveled to Paris for ten days. I nearly killed my mother with worry in the process, but it was a great experience all the same. I recently resurrected my Paris memories for an essay I’m trying to write about the trip, and in […]

Grumpy Old Curmudgeons – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – December 17, 2013

Grumpy Old Curmudgeons – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – December 17, 2013

CFN – It’s easy to hate other people and the older I get, the easier it is. I am a nasty, homebound, grumbling curmudgeon. Everywhere I turn, there’s a jerk, lazy leech, sarcastic teen or self-righteous hypocrite. Oh, and over there is a vapid airhead, a redneck drunkard, a pretentious hipster and a self-important blowhard […]

Boardwalk Empire Downton Abbey – Dressing for Success & Ending Up in Sweats Lessons Learned by JH Mae – Nov 18, 2013

Boardwalk Empire Downton Abbey – Dressing for Success & Ending Up in Sweats Lessons Learned by JH Mae – Nov 18, 2013

CFN – My two favorite shows right now are Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire. I’m behind on both of them – I’m up to the third season in Downton and the second in Boardwalk – so as usual, I’m behind the trends. Anyway, for those of you even more behind than I am, both of these shows take place around the World […]

Growing Up – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – October 10, 2013

Growing Up – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – October 10, 2013

CFN – I am convinced that some people can’t be happy unless they’re miserable. You know the type: always complaining, quick to tell you their latest misfortune. Boy, they’re fun people to be around. I worked with a woman like this. On the way out of the building one summer day after work she complained […]