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Letters: Baseball, Finances And Intimacy


It's Tuesday, and time to read from your comments. It's also Tax Day. Last week, we talked about why we procrastinate. Daryl Kleinback(ph) in Portland, Oregon, wrote: When I was in seventh and eighth grade, our math teacher always had extra credit opportunities every April. The problems were about income taxes. She created hypothetical situations, and we learned to fill out the tax forms, both individual and business. Sixty years later, I am still doing my own taxes, which I did even when I was self-employed. I also insist my daughters do their own taxes. I taught them it's like puzzle solving.

Our conversation about the tensions that can arise when one half of the couple wants to retire and the other isn't ready prompted many of you to share your stories. Lamay Hupp(ph) in Anchorage wrote: My husband loves his job and kept working. I've retired from full-time work and am loving my part-time job. We've decided we're going to spend more time apart. I want to travel more than he does, and I have more home interests than he does. Communication is the key.

When sex columnist Dan Savage joined us last week, we asked you who you listen to and trust on matters of intimacy. Mark Henderson in Elk Grove, California, commented: The church I attend has a youth education program they run every other year called Faith and Sexuality. This program looks at everything from pregnancy to contraception, from STDs to abuse, infatuation and love, and what makes a normal, healthy relationship. There's an open-air, question-and-answer session where nothing is off limits, and it includes the youth and their parents. It's a great program I could never reproduce at home, no matter how much I talked about sex to my children. It is, if I dare say, a Godsend.

Finally, Fran Young(ph) in Boones Mill, Virginia, heard our conversation about the Yankees and why they're either the most loved or hated team in baseball. It's a long story, Fran's note goes, but I was in New York City with a gentleman friend. He was a fan. I had never seen a game, ever. He tricked me into going to the Bronx. We got off the subway, and in front of us was the majestic Yankee Stadium, and he had two tickets. The sky was so blue. The grass was so green. The players were so good-looking. I was hooked. I've been a devoted Yankee fan ever since.

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