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Alabama’s Anti-Immigration Law: What Happened To Putting Children First?

October 7, 2011 by


In Montgomery, Alabama, 231 Hispanic children were absent last Thursday, the day the state’s new anti-immigration law took effect. Last week, Alabama was awarded the dubious honor of being the first state in US history to request documentation of citizenship when enrolling children in school. I’m not purporting to understand the ends and outs of […]

Occupy Wall Street: This is Everyone’s Issue

October 5, 2011 by


I was out to dinner the other night with some women–one I had never met. She was an interesting woman. Vivacious. Outspoken. A yoga teacher. Honest about the difficulties of parenting. But she said something to me that I found disturbing. “You grew up on the east coast.  You know nothing about what it’s like […]

Lessons in Obesity: Our Kids, Chris Christie and Melissa McCarthy

October 5, 2011 by


Living in the east coast bubble, I often say that I my kids are immune to childhood obesity. What obesity? My kid is a rail. His friends are rails. They’re over-scheduled and neurotic, yes. Obese, no. (Okay, that’s not totally true, according to the “How Obesity Threatens America Report, 2011″ New Jersey runs around the […]

My Ex Called Our Daugher A Bitch, But He Was Kidding

August 26, 2011 by


My ex-husband called our daughter a bitch. My suspicions that he harbored misogynistic tendencies were confirmed. Confirmed because calling one’s ex a bitch, while unnecessary and immature, does not a full-on jerk make. Calling a 14-year-old girl a bitch?  That, a jerk makes. Name calling is a parenting no-no.I am sure that before our daughter turned […]

Photos We’re Moved By: Sixty-Six Years Since Hiroshima/Nagasaki

August 8, 2011 by


Pause. Sixty-six years ago August 4, in 1945, the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs. The first was in Hiroshima. The second was in the city of Nagasaki. These two events are the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date. The role of the bombings in Japan’s surrender and U.S.’s ethical justification for them, […]

Double Standard Debate: It’s Time for Female Politicians to Take Back the Crotch Shot

June 17, 2011 by


Remember our conversation about taking back the word slut? (If not, check it out here.) Along the same lines as reclaiming sexually charged and, yes, degrading words,  I propose we take back the crotch shot. Why should Weiner be the only one having so much fun with his? I’ve decided that women should begin taking […]