I deserve some credit for learning lesson about store cards
I keep hearing that the recession is receding and that the economy shows signs of improving. Maybe it will grow to be true, little by little, and jobs and prosperity will return. 'Austerity'. It's strange how familiar we have become with this hair-shirt word. There is something monastic about it. It calls to mind the clean lines of Shaker furniture, minimalist decor or Victoria Beckham's disciplined, even severe, dress designs (though there's nothing austere about the price-tag of frocks at $2,000).