Karen Astrid Larson

Karen Astrid Larson, editor of Bottom Line/Personal.


The Best of Times

A colleague recently mentioned something unusual—when she checks the time, it often seems to be exactly 7:11. That struck a…


Not at Thanksgiving!

One of my colleagues is dreading his family’s Thanksgiving gathering—he knows politics will come up and discord will follow. Families…

Personal Safety

Hotel Rooms That Kill

Carbon monoxide leaking from a swimming pool heater exhaust pipe hospitalized 16 guests—and killed one—at a West Virginia Holiday Inn…

Personal Safety

Toxic Sofas and Beds

A new study by researchers at Duke and North Carolina State universities found that Firemaster 550—a flame-retardant chemical mixture added…


How I Foiled a Pickpocket

My husband and I landed in Rome, jetlagged and luggage-laden, and rushed to catch the high-speed train to Florence. On…

Household Expenses

Trick to Reduce Your Phone Bill

My colleague recently called his local phone company to cancel one of his two residential phone lines. The customer service…