Pediatricians Could Be the Lobbying Key in Gun Safety

If you’ve been following the gun control debate over the months since the Newtown tragedy, one thing has become radically apparent: the gun rights movement is far better organized than the gun control movement. And the gun rights movement is emerging victorious, at least on the federal level, because of it. But a recent story […]

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Brave’s Merida is Herself Again. But for How Long?

The has been much Disney fanfare welcoming the “new and improved” Princess Merida from the movie Brave — a new image, and an official induction ceremony at Disney World, complete with a live Queen Elinor, and adult Merida, taking her “rightful” place next to all the other princesses. But Disney’s Merida makeover — sexy or […]

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Can “Maybe” Empower Our Children in Times of Fear?

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 […]

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Showing That “Every Mother Counts”

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 […]

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I Want My Mother Back

I want my mean, bitchy, drunk mother back. The mother who was depressed and melancholy, who said cruel things about my work and criticized my parenting, who undermined instructions to my kids by saying, “You really don’t have to pay attention to her.” I want the mother back who invited herself to my first apartment […]

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Let’s Really Value Motherhood

The one day a year when we honor our mothers is once again upon us. On Sunday, millions of moms will get flowers and candy, a gift or two, and sticky pancakes or burnt toast lovingly prepared by husbands and kids turned cooks-for-a-day. As individuals, we’re pretty fond of our mothers. But as a nation […]

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6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: Crime and Punishment

According to my Twitter feed, most everyone was on pins and needles Wednesday evening as the jury announced its verdict in the Jodi Arias murder trial. Spoiler alert: shooting someone in the face, stabbing him dozens of times and then slicing his throat does not help your argument that you acted in self-defense. Unfortunately, there are […]

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Licensing – and Condiments

A friend of mine wrote a Facebook plea, that every military spouse I know can empathize with: “Dear Air Force – can you tell me if we are moving or not, we need soy sauce – I need to know whether to buy the Costco size or not.” I know, it’s a small thing, but […]

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Ode to Sylvia Plath: 50 Years After Her Death

I once told my dad in high school that I planned to become a Sylvia Plath scholar. “And how exactly will that make you a living?” he asked. Good question, but I had a plan. I would teach Plath Studies at a university, write books about Plath and travel to far away places to lecture […]

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