I have to do something about my home office. Like many of you, I spend most of my days in an office building, but work from home a couple of days a month, and always seem to tote a bottomless briefcase back and forth. So I’m counting on “Here’s Your Home Work” by workplace architect Neal Zimmerman, for help in creating a home office that works.

I need all the help I can get. The desk is a mess. My work files mingle with my husband’s, which mingle with personal bills to be paid and pictures to be mailed. I have learned a few things on my own, though, like putting blinds on the windows (no more squinting at the computer screen while shielding my eyes from the sun’s glare), installing a door to the once-open office (a must with a baby and her nanny now under the same roof), and buying a real desk chair (no more kitchen castoffs). Neal would surely approve.

I also plan to try the tips in “Travel Photography 101”, a feature intended to assist you on your summer vacation, but useful anytime you take aim. Since having a baby last July, I’ve snapped a thousand shots, but even to my completely biased new-mom’s eye, just a fraction of those are very good. Only in the last few rolls have I figured out why, and it’s one of the first topics writer and photographer Abrahm Lustgarten focuses on: composition. For me, just zoom, zoom, zooming in has worked wonders. Abrahm probably wouldn’t approve of this simpleton approach, but it’s a start.

Finally, I drooled over the tips in “Fire Master”, in which cookbook authors John Willoughby and Chris Schlesinger offer their delicious suggestions on barbecuing for the boss.

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Elaine Srnka