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Lisa McLeod

Stories by Lisa

Getting your hopes up isn't such a bad thing

"Don't get your hopes up."

Propinquity: Is your flatware making you fat?

Does the size of your spoons affect your body mass index?

Support doesn't always mean saying you're wonderful

Who's got your back?

Teen pregnancy: An unexpected call to emotional maturity

Sixteen and pregnant. It's bad enough it happens, but now you get to watch it on television.

Can you get fired from your job for being overweight?

Are you too fat for your job?

Judging the moment makes misery for everyone

It's just a moment.

What the Greek? Land of chomping and chatting

ATHENS, Greece - I have found my people.

Moms and stepmoms: No one has to be the witch

The evil stepmother is a staple villain of fairy tales. A wicked witch who cackles into a mirror, she starves her husband's children while she wallows in riches.

The new normal does not include whining

Welcome to the new normal.

Are texting teenagers forgetting how to talk?

Last month my 16-year-old sent and received 8,307 texts. Yes, you read that number correctly - 8,307 text messages in one billing cycle.

Drooling gawkers missing the real beauty

It's a middle-aged right of passage. It's the moment you become invisible.

Is your body giving away the secrets of your mind?

We all know that body language can convey thoughts and emotions. But did you know that people are more likely to respond to your non-verbal messages than they are your verbal ones?

Four great tips for good service

Do you ever notice how some people always seem get the best tables, the most helpful sales people and that nobody ever messes up their order at the drive through?

Four great tips for a great trip in a taxi (or anything else)

Do you ever notice how some people always seem get the best tables, the most helpful sales people and that nobody ever messes up their order at the drive through?

Confessions of a TiVoholic: Who needs reading when you have the tube?

I love television. I truly love it. I wept when TiVo was invented, because it meant I could watch even more of it.

Why do cheating men risk a lifetime in the doghouse?

Why do men stray?

Control freaks are the unsung heroes of home and work

He or she is such a control freak. It's a common criticism, and it's usually directed at the crazy person running around barking orders. You know, the one who's about to bite your head off because you didn't do things exactly the way they wanted you to.

Science, religion: A marriage made in Victorian England

It was an unlikely marriage. He was a scientist and she was a religious studies major. He went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for a book about evolution. She became a children's book author, often writing about religious holidays.

Teen trends: Financial responsibility is the new cool

The recession is now official, my teenager no longer shops at Abercrombie & Fitch.

From segregation to Barbie: True tales of a nurse

She wanted to be a doctor. But it was the 1920s, and most medical schools didn't admit women. So she became a nurse instead.

Just be yourself; everyone else is already taken

Do you ever feel like you're just faking it?

Why I'm unfriending my husband on Facebook

It's official, I'm a loser. My daughter refuses to friend me on Facebook.

We're all connected - emotionally and economically

Forget world peace, we just need to make money.

The corporations did what with our money?

Many of you are criticizing certain corporations for misuse of public funds. But I'd like to call a time out on all this whining.

Is forgiveness the poison, or the antidote?

"I can never forgive him."

I can't take it any more: Why I hate 'The Bachelor'

It's wrong, it's just plain wrong. It violates the social order of the universe.

What you think about me is all I can think about

"Don't take it personally."

What you think about me is all I can think about

"Don't take it personally."

Gossipers and gossipees: Who has more credibility?

Why are we so willing to believe bad things about good people?

Ode to construction workers: Unsung heroes of America

You can usually tell by their hands. Gnarled and rough, dry and cracked, bearing scars from years of twisting metal, pounding concrete, ripping lumber, stripping plastic and pushing and shoving all kinds of rough material into awkward shapes and tight places.

What little speech is someone preparing for you?

It starts with the speeches. You know, the ones you rehearse in your head for the grand and glorious moment when you finally get to tell so-and-so what you really think about them.

3 strategies for recession style leadership

I don't know which is worse, losing your job or being the one who has to make the cuts. Yes, I know there are still some heartless execs out there slashing jobs and burning while taking huge bonuses and sleeping soundly in custom sheets.

Suicide leaves legacy of pain and dispair

A friend of mine just got the news that another man in her neighborhood killed himself. He's the fourth in 12 months.

Figure out how to date a grownup (if you must)

You get to a certain point in your life when you're no longer willing to waste an entire evening on a bad date.

Silent heroes laid the foundation for this big moment

aIt will be a moment, a moment when all the world watches, as the United States of America inaugurates our first black president.

Forget Perfect: Why do women begrudge men a nap?

If you want to infuriate your wife, try taking a nap on a Saturday afternoon just as she's revving up the to-do list.

Why do women begrudge men a nap?

If you want to infuriate your wife, try taking a nap on a Saturday afternoon just as she's revving up the to-do list.

The vague God of your choosing is good enough

Why do we always wait until things get awful before we ask for help?

Does Oprah show us we can be fat and still be fabulous?

Oprah's fat again, and - not to mention any names - but a few of the rest of us have porked up right along with her.

Make the choice to love and be loved during hard times

Happy Holidays, 2008. The economy is tanking. Half the country is laying awake worrying about money.

We all have awful heart-stopping money moments

It's like a rock in the pit of your stomach, a cold clammy feeling that spreads up your gut and momentarily stops your breath.

Four clueless Americans in France, part deux

I swear we tried to cull our stuff. I even told the kids that they should turn their underwear inside out for the second week of our trip.

Faux pas in France: Four Americans in Paris

We didn't wear our big white tennis shoes, we didn't complain about the lack of ice, and we never once asked where you could buy a Big Gulp.

Tell your life story or watch it evaporate

What's your story? You know, the story you tell yourself about your life, who you are, where you came from and what's happened to you.

What do I do now that the election is finally over?

The people have spoken. It was the longest election cycle in history. The ads were endless, the attacks were sometimes ruthless and the gossip was wickedly riveting. But now that it's all over, my big question is: What am I supposed to do with my free time?

Quick, lock the bedroom door - she's angry again

Is she crazy, is she hormonal or is she finally telling her truths?

We all have to find our true purpose in life

Does everyone have a purpose? And what happens if you accidentally spend your life doing something else?

Forget Perfect: Caution: Angst is in the air, and it's catching

I don't think I can take any more.

Caution: Angst is in the air, and it's catching

I don't think I can take any more.

Attending a funeral for a friend with words of love

I recently attended a memorial service for the father of a dear friend of mine.