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May 2011 cover with one large yellow flowerStephen Lewis

Thoughts, p. 6

The Simple List, p. 14

Editor’s Note, p. 40

Your Words

Trends Worth Trying


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 77 
    Anne Roiphe on the life and death of a beloved companion—her cat Joey
  • Modern Manners, p. 83 
    Michelle Slatalla on keeping the guest list small—without offending anyone
  • Expertise, p. 87 
    Five things never to say to a recent college graduate

The Guide






  • Moneywise, p. 197 
    How to find a loyal-shopper program that fits your life; clever ways to save on your next cup of coffee; lower your expenses on everyday staples


  • What Makes My Life Real Simple, p. 205
  • Your Renewable Energy Plan, p. 206
    Want to feel more alert and alive right now? This invigorating game plan will show you how
  • Perfectly Imperfect, p. 216
    A decorating pro shows you how to make your home look more beautiful and feel more like you
  • The Mom Book, p. 224 
    No mugs or scented candles in this house. One mom reflects on the glorious (homemade) gift that she receives every Mother’s Day
  • Adult Swim, p. 228
    Fabulous and flattering suits made for grown-up figures


Credits, p. 285 
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 290
Exclusive savings for music fans—a satellite radio, a keyboard, headphones, and more

Clip and Save: Real Simple   to Go, p. 291 

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