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Susan Martin

Susan Martin is Home & Style Editor at The Buffalo News. She is a native of Western New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University.


Cool. Clean. Crisp. Comfortable. Is there anything so simple, so versatile, so completely wonderful as a big white shirt?It's a wardrobe essential.No, it's not as exotic as a sarong skirt. Nor is it as swanky as a new swimsuit. But the white shirt can't be beat when it comes to the basics.It can tie at the waist, top a bathing suit, tuck into anything. You can belt it.…

"DID HE KISS you?" "He took your clothes off, didn't he?" "Did you touch him?" Questions like these are at the center of a debate about whether children are credible witnesses in child abuse investigations.They were part of recent studies, involving a University at Buffalo psychologist, that have gained international attention.From examining the accuracy of children'…

The Kermit the Frog tie should have been the first clue: This was going to be no ordinary lecture about television's effects on children.Christopher Cerf, the fourth speaker during the "Communications: Television and Its Impact on Worldwide Thought" theme week at the Chautauqua Institution, is a creative and educational consultant with "Sesame Street" and the Children…

IN THE HOURS and days following the Supreme Court's July 3 ruling that gives states the right to impose new restrictions on abortion, Americans observed reactions from both sides of the battle.This is what they saw.On ABC's "Nightline," activist Randall Terry, head of Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion group, debated Faye Wattleton, president of the Planned Parenthood…

IN WESTERN New York, one baby boomer says that his lifestyle exceeds not only that of his parents -- but his own expectations as well.Another professional says that the boomers she knows are not so prosperous. They either rent apartments or own inexpensive houses in Buffalo's working-class neighborhoods -- and are glad to own any home at all.A father talks about how o…

Would you be able to help your child if he got hurt?Falls, burns, choking, poisonings, car and bicycle accidents are common childhood injuries. Always call your doctor if a child has a serious fall. If she gets burned, put cold water on the burned area immediately. Then cover loosely with a bandage or clean cloth; call your doctor for all burns.If a child puts somethi…

DR. ALLAN E. Kornberg has a tip for first-time parents: "Once a child begins to crawl, a good thing for parents to do is scoot around the house on hands and knees to see what the world looks like from that point of view."Strange, yes, but it's a real eye-opener, he said. "Parents will discover lots of things -- open electrical sockets, a pan left on the stove with the…

SANDBOXES OR spelling? Crayons or computers? Finger paints or flash cards? In a society where academics often follow a baby's first steps, parents face important questions relating to their preschooler's education.Are 3- and 4-year-olds ready to learn? How do parents choose a valid program? Is it realistic to expect all children to develop skills -- such as counting o…

A COVENANT EXISTS among the very young: No girl under age 6 shall leave the house without strands of beads around her neck, bracelets on her wrists and something plastic in her hair.The destination does not matter. She will wear them to school, the grocery store, birthday parties, roller-skating, ice cream jaunts. Everywhere.Children always have loved dressing up. But…

here's the scoop on Susan Dey's neckline: Her character on "L.A. Law," Grace Van Owen, has made the shawl-collared wrap blouse famous.Likewise, there's Lisa Bonet's ethnic ensembles. Roseanne Barr's ordinary outfits. And "thirtysomething's" Peter Horton's weathered wardrobe.On "L.A. Law," the fashion verdict for Susan Dey and Harry Hamlin is a sensual yet businesslike …

AT LAST, the warm weather is here. It's time to tackle the landscaping, hang the hammock, light the grill -- and enjoy.To help make this a special summer, here's a safety countdown:10. On the road again. Whether traveling near or far, make your home safe and secure. The Police Community Services Unit of the Buffalo Police Department has the following tips:Discourage b…

THE SCENE IS all too familiar: One fitting room. One body. Two mirrors. And 10,000 swimsuits, none of which fit.So goes the annual search for the perfect swimsuit.This year, before emptying the refrigerator of all contents except celery sticks, consider this. The swimsuit -- despite the anxiety it may or may not cause its wearers -- has a remarkable history.During the…

FREE FUNHOW MUCH FUN can be crammed into three months of summer in Western New York? And how much will it cost?The answers: A lot and not much, in that order.Buffalo comes alive during June, July and August, and the city and surrounding areas are crammed with activities to fill your calendar, not empty your wallet.First, grab a pencil and mark down these three popular…

FORMER "WINSTON MAN" David Goerlitz compares his new role as anti-tobacco activist to that of the child who denies that his parents are breaking the law."I'm like that little boy who loves his parents and doesn't want to believe that they are into illegal crimes -- like drug-pushing," Goerlitz said. "He denies it and denies it, and finally the evidence is so strong th…