Karen Grigsby Bates

is a Los Angeles-based correspondent for NPR News and co-author, with Karen Elyse Hudson, of The New Basic Black: Home Training For Modern Times (Doubleday).



Nov. 28 2009 2:21 PM
The recession's easing a little and purse strings are loosening just a bit.  If you want to say "thanks" to caregivers, helpers and others who keep your life in good shape during the year, here's s little guidance...

Nov. 24 2009 9:10 PM
Do ask if you can help, and if you're told "no thanks," remove yourself from the kitchen.

Nov. 9 2009 9:06 PM
Christmas comes but once a year—but it's been coming earlier and earlier. Spending a little can squish your inner Scrooge.

Oct. 30 2009 11:03 PM
Do you do the right thing, even when you don't have to?

Oct. 27 2009 1:33 PM
Do I let my (almost) sister-in-law run my wedding the way she wants to, just to keep the peace?

Oct. 22 2009 11:38 AM
Express lines should get you in and out quicker...SHOULD.

Oct. 19 2009 3:07 AM
Maybe it's something in the air, maybe the alleged beginning to the recovery is making people feverish to go out and spend money...whatever it is, they are hella anxious to grab a parking space...

Oct. 12 2009 11:37 AM
How do you answer "what are you anyway?" when people are curious about your  ethnic background?

Oct. 9 2009 2:48 AM
Why a long line can lead to short tempers when you decide to tie a commercial bathroom up for an inordinate amount of time...

Oct. 5 2009 10:39 AM
Yeah, we're going there.  We're talking bathroom behavior all this week.