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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Yikes! I’m British! (God Save the Queen?)

“Do you think it’s OK if I wear my bike clothes to the swearing in ceremony?” my husband asked, on our way out the door. I thought about it for a second. “Um…no?” We were on our way to the local Town Hall to obtain our British citizenship. Though I don’t usually stand on ceremony, […]

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President Obama Thinks He Is Dad-in-Chief

Oops, he did it again! President Obama has decided that he knows what is best for  young women in the United States. In late 2011, he decided that young women need a prescription to obtain Plan B, otherwise known as the morning-after pill. He urged us to use common sense and pulled the daddy card. […]

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When Big Pharma “Strong” Arms Mothers, We All Lose

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 […]

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Dressed to Kill?

Close to 550 people died in April to bring us “affordable” fashion. As the death toll from the recent collapse of a Bangladeshi textile factory continues to rise, many people are asking how a building could just collapse on itself with thousands of workers inside, and what role lax building safety regulations played in the […]

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Secretary of State John Kerry

State Department Succeeds Despite Money Problems

The U.S. State Department recently held a briefing for about 20 opinion journalists from around the country. Some of America’s top diplomats shared insights into events going on around the world. Perhaps the most important lesson, though, was domestic. The Association of Opinion Journalists organized the meeting. (Full disclosure: I serve on AOJ’s board of […]

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