Ahh, how optimistic I was when I picked up the Style Section this morning. And how sad was I when I saw the article about parenting children with techniques from the Dog Whisperer. I mean, really. If you haven’t checked out the concerts at Housing Works on Crosby Street, you should– they are intimate venues raising money for a good cause. Shopping for the holidays? If you’re into the pretend Zhu Zhu hamster that seems to be all the rage, I’ve found the best prices here at DigitechToys . Other stores I really like (remember, there’s no relationship here except for my personal one, as of yet!) Nova Natural , Hearthsong , Magic Cabin here you can use code MC499 for $4.99 shipping. I still love the Moonjar for a present, and a few friends have pointed out that there are other similar banks out there, some with 4 slots (an extra for investing).