Play Dates and Firearms: Do You Ask?

I have an eight-year-old son, and as much as I have tried to steer him to playtime activities that don’t involve an element of violence, it hasn’t worked.  For years, I allowed no violent toys.  No violent video games, no Lego sets that came with guns, no Nerf guns, no water guns, nothing.  Yet, every […]

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Could “Madam President” Be a Reality in 2016?

With all the chatter around the internet of a possible presidential run for Hillary Clinton in 2016, there has been a lot of talk about teaching our daughters to reach for what they want. Heck, if my daughter wanted to be President I would start paving the way today! EMILY’s List has just announced its […]

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Sports Indoctrinated: When Winning Wins

Not only did he overlook rampant underage drinking by his players, he also overlooked rape by his players. Fortunately for him, the only record that matters to his bosses is the winning one he has on the football field. “HE” is Reno Saccoccia, the head football coach at Steubenville High School, in Ohio. He has […]

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A Call to Civic Duty: One Year to Learn About America

A new call to fund a one-year stint in national service went out recently, but it mostly went unnoticed. The fact that people didn’t hear it is sad, but you know, there is just no fooling us anymore. The notion of a nation-wide commitment to national service went out of fashion in a hurry during […]

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Is Social Media Activism Truly Activism?

Nowadays, social media makes everyone feel like they have a big, booming voice to use for instigating change. Just spend a little time on Twitter or in the comments section of a newspaper article and you’ll read opinions and suggestions from everyone from issue experts to the tinfoil hat brigade. It’s a dynamic litany of […]

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Doctor Who, Jill Biden?

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, […]

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Women’s Business Travel in the Real World

All the recent articles about mommy business trips have my dander up, and there’s not enough Selsun Blue to settle down this cranky old broad.  Bring on the coal-tar shampoo, baby. The real skinny on business trips is that they stink equally for moms and dads.  Business trips are exhausting and usually only fun the […]

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Red States and License Plates

When I moved 1,200 miles with my family from Connecticut to Florida I didn’t think the political culture would bother me much. I am extremely liberal, and I don’t think living in a different part of the country is going to change my beliefs. But one thing I have discovered is a lack of fairness […]

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Broad of the Week: Viola Barksdale

Viola Barksdale gets kudos for our Broad of the Week. Never heard of Viola Barksdale? Surrounded by 91 laughing, mingling people I leaned into my grandmother, Viola Barksdale, at her 90th birthday party. Look at all the people you made!” I quipped. She beamed. I love getting to see everyone, but I most enjoy seeing […]

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Marrying Well Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

On the subject of finding the right partner, first we heard from Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook executive who advised other women, in her bestselling and controversial book, Lean In, to “marry well.” Sandberg wrote: “The single most important career decision that a woman makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that […]

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The Original “Take Your Daughter To Work” Day

Right around the time I began teaching, 1993 or so, I got a nice surprise in April.  There was to be a “National Take Your Daughters” to work day, the goal of which was to encourage parents to share their careers with their daughters, ostensibly to get them thinking about and gaining a view into […]

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Good Luck with That Poopy Diaper at 30,000 Feet!

“How is it anyone else’s concern if there is somewhere for you to change or breastfeed your baby in public? Why is it anyone else’s responsibility to help you when you are pregnant or a new mother?….Why do you want sympathy?” That’s an email I got — from a woman — when I had the […]

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The Sin of the Strapless Dress

Who knew that shoulders are the new middle school distraction? I feel sorry for those poor eighth grade girls at Readington Middle School in New Jersey. Their principal has banned the strapless dress for this year’s prom. Her reason for the ban? They are too distracting for the boys. There is a whole brouhaha brewing […]

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