Jan Tuckwood

Jan Tuckwood is presentation editor for The Palm Beach Post.

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How to learn the art of face-to-face conversation
 The great Broadway actress Carol Channing once told me: “Everybody’s shy.” Deep down inside, everybody — even a woman who makes her living entertaining people — is shy. No wonder a whole generation finds it easier to text, tweet or post than talk face-to-face. Channing also said that clamming up because you&rsquo...

Posted: 6 hours ago

The great Broadway actress Carol Channing once told me: “Everybody’s shy.” Deep down inside, everybody — even a woman who makes her living entertaining people — is shy. No wonder a whole generation finds it easier to text, tweet or post than talk face-to-face. Channing also said that clamming up because you&rsquo...
Can we talk? Four tips for better chitchat
 Why do so many people find it hard to have meaningful conversations? Maybe it’s because we’re afraid of sounding stupid — or afraid the other person won’t respond the way we hope.  Maybe you’re the type who feels too shy to look a stranger in the eye.  Maybe you don’t like yourself … and...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Why do so many people find it hard to have meaningful conversations? Maybe it’s because we’re afraid of sounding stupid — or afraid the other person won’t respond the way we hope.  Maybe you’re the type who feels too shy to look a stranger in the eye.  Maybe you don’t like yourself … and...
Oprah for president? She’s already shared the power of validation
 Oprah Winfrey for president? That possibility has caused a stir since last week’s Golden Globe awards, but as viewers of Winfrey’s show for spiritual seekers — “Super Soul Sunday” on her OWN network — know, Oprah will run only if she sets her intention to do so. “Intention” is one of Oprah&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Oprah Winfrey for president? That possibility has caused a stir since last week’s Golden Globe awards, but as viewers of Winfrey’s show for spiritual seekers — “Super Soul Sunday” on her OWN network — know, Oprah will run only if she sets her intention to do so. “Intention” is one of Oprah&rsquo...
‘Creating a collageis like playing’
 The “Schumacher family” is already known for cars. Now, Kathryn Schumacher — sister of Chuck Schumacher, head of the local car dealerships — wants her name known for collage, too. She’s a former interior designer who’s taken her skill at mixing color, paint and fabric swatches from the room to the wall...

Posted: 10 days ago

The “Schumacher family” is already known for cars. Now, Kathryn Schumacher — sister of Chuck Schumacher, head of the local car dealerships — wants her name known for collage, too. She’s a former interior designer who’s taken her skill at mixing color, paint and fabric swatches from the room to the wall...
Joan Rivers’ old jokes about Palm Beach discovered by author
 Christmas in Palm Beach is different. The nativity scene in front of Neiman Marcus has a concierge, a room service cart, a manicurist… Palm Beach is one of only a few places where plastic surgery falls under the category of “City Beautification.” Contrary to popular belief, money does not grow on Palm Beach trees. Gold...

12:45 AM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

Christmas in Palm Beach is different. The nativity scene in front of Neiman Marcus has a concierge, a room service cart, a manicurist… Palm Beach is one of only a few places where plastic surgery falls under the category of “City Beautification.” Contrary to popular belief, money does not grow on Palm Beach trees. Gold...
Can Diane Gilman sell 78,000 pairs of jeans in 24 hours?
 There’s an Abominable Snowman lurking inside the HSN studio. Actually, it’s a lighting guy wearing a cheesy Yeti costume and standing on a crate to look gigantic, but this is show biz — use your imagination. This Yeti’s wearing blue jeans — DG2 jeans by Diane Gilman — with his furry white mask...

9:19 PM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

There’s an Abominable Snowman lurking inside the HSN studio. Actually, it’s a lighting guy wearing a cheesy Yeti costume and standing on a crate to look gigantic, but this is show biz — use your imagination. This Yeti’s wearing blue jeans — DG2 jeans by Diane Gilman — with his furry white mask...
Is CHANGE challenging you?
 Let’s say your boss fires you and your longtime boyfriend dumps you — in the same week. Your life has just left the comfort zone and careened at top speed into the Big Transition Zone. Will you console yourself with a case of cabernet and an endless loop of Linda Rondstadt lamenting “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me”? Or will...

5:00 AM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Let’s say your boss fires you and your longtime boyfriend dumps you — in the same week. Your life has just left the comfort zone and careened at top speed into the Big Transition Zone. Will you console yourself with a case of cabernet and an endless loop of Linda Rondstadt lamenting “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me”? Or will...
5 tips from an expert shopper
 I love to shop. Sometimes, I go to Nordstrom just to inhale the comforting scent of retail. This is both a blessing and a curse, as my credit card bill reveals. On the positive side, I’m so experienced at not just the act of shopping, but also the act of placing virtual items into my shopping cart and the act of obsessing over things...

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

I love to shop. Sometimes, I go to Nordstrom just to inhale the comforting scent of retail. This is both a blessing and a curse, as my credit card bill reveals. On the positive side, I’m so experienced at not just the act of shopping, but also the act of placing virtual items into my shopping cart and the act of obsessing over things...
Why Jane Fonda snapped at Megyn Kelly’s plastic surgery question
 It might have been the most captivating moment on the first week of Megyn Kelly’s new morning show. On Wednesday, after Kelly asked Jane Fonda about her plastic surgery, Fonda rolled her eyes. “We really want to talk about that right now?” Fonda asked, aghast. What Fonda wanted to talk about is her new Netflix movie co-starring...

9:44 PM Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

It might have been the most captivating moment on the first week of Megyn Kelly’s new morning show. On Wednesday, after Kelly asked Jane Fonda about her plastic surgery, Fonda rolled her eyes. “We really want to talk about that right now?” Fonda asked, aghast. What Fonda wanted to talk about is her new Netflix movie co-starring...
Did Hurricane Irma loosen your screws? Maybe it’s time for change
 “You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far.” — Uncle Remus, “Song of the South,” 1946 Trouble will always find us. Sometimes, trouble can even be good for us — because disasters, natural or man-made, strip us down to our basic needs and strip away our veneer of crap. Trouble...

6:00 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

“You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far.” — Uncle Remus, “Song of the South,” 1946 Trouble will always find us. Sometimes, trouble can even be good for us — because disasters, natural or man-made, strip us down to our basic needs and strip away our veneer of crap. Trouble...
‘It’s the people who have been life-changing’
 The Kids’ Dreams motto is simple: “Making kids’ dreams come true … that’s what we do!” Since Patricia and Alan Lebow founded the 501(c)3 charity in 2007, it has raised more than $1 million and helped hundreds of economically disadvantaged students from Palm Beach County’s Title 1 schools. (Title...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 02, 2017

The Kids’ Dreams motto is simple: “Making kids’ dreams come true … that’s what we do!” Since Patricia and Alan Lebow founded the 501(c)3 charity in 2007, it has raised more than $1 million and helped hundreds of economically disadvantaged students from Palm Beach County’s Title 1 schools. (Title...