I have to admit that my readers' comments -- the good, the grateful, the bad, ugly, glowing, hilarious and even puzzling -- are some of the best entertainment I get every day. You make me think and keep me on my toes. But mostly, you make me smile, and that's why I love to hear from you.
Though I am unable to personally acknowledge every message, I read and appreciate your letters, messages, notes and comments -- even the occasional angry ones.
Dear Mary: Just want you to know that the recipe Tom offered for a homemade version of Pedialyte in a fairly recent column follows the formulation that the World Health Organization has been giving around the world for decades (minus the unsweetened Kool-Aid, added for flavor). Pedialyte is an expensive Western substitute for First Worlders who are too busy to mix it up themselves or who are used to buying everything they need over the counter. If people where I live in West Africa had to buy Pedialyte, there would be a lot more dead babies here. Keep up the good work! -- Jennifer
Dear Mary: After years of feeling sorry for myself, I read your column titled "Stop Whining!" The description of your own struggles made me realize how bad of a whiner I am. I whine like nobody's business. Although I am blessed with beyond what I deserve, I whine every day about my life and responsibilities (mostly to myself, as no one else would tolerate it). After reading your article, I feel as if a weight has been lifted off me. Talk about epiphanies. Thank you for holding a mirror to my face. -- River
Dear Mary: I will second your advice on Samsung appliances, to avoid them at all costs. We had a massive lemon of a Samsung fridge that they finally paid me to get rid of after lots of warranty calls. Great luck with my LG so far after four years. But this is the only thing I always carry an extended warranty on. Guaranteed the ice-maker will give you fits at least once a year, which more than pays for the cost of the warranty. -- Holly
Dear Mary: I'm weeks into my new sheets you so highly recommended as the best inexpensive sheets (J.C. Penney's 100 percent cotton Royal Velvet, http://www.everydaycheapskate.com/royalvelvet). I have to say that I don't want to get out of bed. These sheets are wonderful! -- Susan
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