“What do you like to do for fun?” I often pose this question to the over-scheduled and stressed out teenage girls who come into my office. Some give me a look as if to say the last time they did something seemingly fun and frivolous was a spontaneous trip to the ice skating rink years [...]
Novelist Fay Weldon instructs us that, “Comedy is the most crucial thing we have left in a world that’s coming apart.” Comedy in all its familiar forms–from novels to films, from cartoons to stand-up comedy, from humor in the workplace to humor in intimate relationships–can help women recognize new sources of power within themselves. The [...]
I can remember like yesterday sitting at the dinner table as a child with my parents and siblings and feeling like the world was going to end. My parents would openly discuss current events, such as the hostage crisis in Iran, the assassination attempt on President Reagan, Black Monday in the stock market and the [...]
With all the commercialization of Mother’s Day, it’s important to stop and remember what it’s really about. Take this into consideration: Pregnancy is the number one cause of death for women ages 15 to 19 in the developing world. Not only that, but there are one to two maternal deaths caused by everyday in the [...]
When Laurie Edwards asked me if I was interested in receiving an early copy of In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America, I thought it was a great match – I have endometriosis and hypothyroidism, both chronic illnesses. Since my diagnosis years ago I have been an avid [...]
In my house, Mother’s Day might live in infamy as “The Day That Mommy Lost It.” Last year I told my husband that I didn’t want anything for Mother’s Day. “Don’t get me flowers. Don’t get me chocolate. I don’t want a card,” I said. My husband listened to my advice. He did get me [...]
Corporations have a very bad habit of telling moms how to be. Or better yet, co-opting some very common “mom” archetypes for their marketing pursuits. For decades, we were told “Choosy Moms Choose Jif.” More recently, “It Moms” were more likely to choose a particular fabric softener. This week, infant formula maker Similac has taken [...]
Doctor Who? No, not Dr. Who. “Doctor Who?” is what the National Review Online asks about Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President. Apparently, that well-regarded think-tank takes issue with such insistence upon a professional distinction. In the article entitled, “Diagnosing Dr. Biden: The second lady exemplifies a bloated class of people with irrelevant, [...]
Mommy blogger. Do you love the term or hate? If you aren’t sure, you’re not alone. I spent two years as a mommy blogger, during the tail end of a 20-year career as a newspaper journalist, and I went back and forth on how I felt about the term. When I first started blogging about [...]
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- The Sound of One Hand Praying? May 22, 2013
- Pussy Riot: Feminist Punk Icons on Film May 22, 2013
- Two Very Different Takes on Working Family Flexiblity May 22, 2013
- The Doubled Edged Sword of Murder Charges Against Ariel Castro May 21, 2013
- What is REALLY Important to Military Families May 21, 2013
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