THE DARK SIDE OF ONLINE ROMANCE

by Lisa BlackThe numbers of romance scams are overwhelming, but stories rarely go into the details of exactly who the victims are and what motivates them. One well-reported case is that of 56 year old Renee Holland of Pennsylvania, who began an online correspondence with a buff soldier named...

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MY ONLINE (NON) ROMANCE

by Lisa BlackWe’ve all gotten them. The friend requests from someone designed to catch our eye. Men will get well-endowed models. Young women will get hunky 20-somethings. Older women like me will get distinguished, successful silver foxes. Most of you are smart, decide you have no idea who this...

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THE PONZI SCHEME’S NOT-SO-HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

by Lisa BlackWe’ve all heard of Ponzi schemes, the shorthand often (but not always) deserved. The name comes from Charles Ponzi, born in Italy in 1882, intelligent and educated (he apparently attended the university of Rome) and charming—oh, so charming. He came to America with big dreams, worked...

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FANTASY HOUSES

by Lisa Black          Admit it. We all have them.Houses that exist only in our wildest dreams. Exotic mansions in Barbados. Cozy bungalows in Bar Harbor. Renovated lofts in Manhattan. The place we’ll live once we retire or win the lottery or dump the spouse or have an...

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AN UNLIKELY SPY

by Lisa Black                    Though Chris mentioned Noor Inayat Khan in a previous roundup of female spies, I ran across a small display of her story this past summer in DC’s The Spy Museum. Her tale is complicated, surprising, and...

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A real-life Boardwalk Empire

Nucky Johnson, in hat, next to Al Capone (3rd from right)            In the fall of 2010 my husband and I began watching the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. My husband never passes up a show about gangsters, and I love a good period piece based...

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