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Personal Space

Living in a big city like New York means living with people. Outside of the home or office, personal space can be a premium. Personal space is more than just the touch perimeter between you and that stranger on the subway. Other senses are also

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Living the Life

A Taxing Day

“The only things certain in life are death and taxes” and April 15th is the due date for the latter in the United States. Both federal and state tax returns are due at 12 pm midnight. If you’re getting a refund, you may have filed early (though certain U.S. states will likely not process refunds any time soon), or you may be procrastinating like millions of others. Regardless, it’s a day spent of dusting off the calculator (or the accountant), collecting financial records and receipts and preparing that tax return. If you’re an expat, it may be several days as you may have to do more than one return for more than one country or

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City Essentials

Manners in the City

When you’re living in the city, there are many opportunities to participate in events and interact with people. Although cultural differences can lead to misunderstandings, common basic manners should be universal whether you’re an expat, immigrant or tourist. However, there seem to be some combination of crowd mentality or a busy lifestyle where people forget the basics. It’s as if being one amongst many means manners no longer apply. Not true! Manners are social standards of conduct that are even more important in

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Living the Life

The Color of Money

In the United States, money is mostly green — much to the consternation of those new to the country who may used to bills and notes of different colors. Money is also whatever color the bank, retail or credit companies use for their cards. The recent financial crisis has exposed fraud, corruption and greed, but it has also highlighted a few realities: Americans are consumers and live on

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