The True Power of Apology

As I read the article on National Public Radio’s website entitled, “Why Not Apologizing Makes You Feel Better,” I was struck by how deeply I disagreed with the premise. According to researcher Tyler G. Okimoto: “We … find that apologies do make apologizers feel better, but the interesting thing is that refusals to apologize also […]

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Ryan Gosling *Hearts* Dairy Cows, but Needs a Biology Lesson

Ryan Gosling joined a long list of controversial celebrities this week.  Securing his position among the likes of Alicia Silverstone, Perez Hilton, and Dennis Rodman, the actor, who is best known not for his acting talent but the “Hey Girl,” internet meme, issued a letter to the National Milk Producers Federation on behalf of his […]

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Is Political Like-Mindedness Tearing Us Apart?

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I moved from rural Southwest Virginia to Portland, Oregon. During the flight out, a cat safely stowed beneath the seat in front of me, I read Amanda Quraishi’s recent The Broad Side piece, “Being Blue in a Red State: Hope for Democrats?” I confess to feeling a […]

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6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: We’re Going Nuclear

Suri Cruise is the almost-seven-year-old daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Suri Cruise now has bangs. Suri Cruise’s recent acquisition of bangs was a headline featured by various news outlets, including ABC News and The Huffington Post (the latter noting that the elementary-schooler has blazed her own “sartorial trail”). I am more than seven years old, and […]

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Kamala Harris & the Minefields of Political Attractiveness

It’s time to make a pact. From now on, if you are in a professional setting and you’re thinking in your head, “Now that is one attractive man/woman/person/employee/colleague/business associate, etc.” this is what you must do from this day forward – Keep. It. To. Yourself. This is especially important if you are the president of […]

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Dr. Ben Carson: Not Right for 2016

The day I became aware of Dr. Benjamin Carson’s National Prayer Breakfast speech in the February, I was dumbfounded. As the President of the United States sat two chairs away, instead of delivering a speech that was billed as his account of how Jesus Christ was his ultimate role model, Carson launched into a 25-minute […]

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Performance Art for the Mature Woman

Going to the Museum of Modern Art in New York is on my list of “Top Ten Favorite Activities.”  MoMA houses my favorite painting “Starry Night” along with some memorable works by Matisse and Wyeth’s “Christina’s World.”  The latter has taken my breath away since I first saw it reprinted in a fifth grade art […]

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Do You Know Your Stomach’s “Bliss Point?”

I’ve been accused, more than once, of being a foodie. I don’t mind; there’s nothing wrong with being interested in food and cooking, or with taking more than a passing interest in what one eats and where one’s food comes from. To me, it’s all part of caring about my health and being mindful of […]

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Even Feminists Like to be Pretty and That’s OK

I have always had this stereotypical, internal struggle about feminism and being a girly-girl who loves sparkly things and spa days. Especially when it comes to raising a daughter. No, seriously. Hear me out. There are so many types of parenting. Gender neutral being one of them, which for a while I truly tried. But […]

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Proposition H8

Cross-posted with permission from jedmorey.com The 1990s brought forth a bastion of political correctness. All at once, we were forbidden from saying “black,” “retard,” and “fag,”  in lieu of the more acceptable terms African-American, mentally-challenged, and homosexual. Efforts to use politically correct terminology were so successful and so thorough that the words looked weird written […]

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Paying for The News Isn’t New

Last month I attended the SXSWi conference, and while I was perusing the trade show I discovered the New York Times booth smack dab in the middle of the exhibit hall. They were doing nifty portraits of people made out of words from our favorite section of the NYT. Naturally, while we waited in line […]

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Legal Polygamy? Not Likely.

There’s a piece of deliberately inflammatory click-bait in USA Today making what author Steve Deace calls, “A modest proposal for polygamy.” The column uses a whole lot of deeply provocative language to suggest that marriage equality proponents are being bigots by only considering expanding marriage to include same-sex couples, but not larger groupings of romantic […]

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Albert Einstein’s Obituary, Yvonne Brill Style

In the wake of the New York Times’ controversial obituary of Yvonne Brill (beef stroganoff, anyone?), a pioneering rocket scientist and according to her son, Matthew, “the world’s best mom,” I thought a rewrite of Albert Einstein’s obituary was in order to highlight the disparity in how the New York Times might have written it […]

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Romancing Feminism

A few days ago, I wrote about how I might be breaking up with feminism for a great many legit reasons. There are plenty of things to be disappointed about with feminism as a movement. But this image below seduced me back in:     Brilliant women. Smart women. Creative women. Strong women. Worthy women. […]

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