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Jennifer Dorr

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What I Told My Kid About Sandy and Climate Change

(18) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 7:31 AM

Through my window, I watch snowflakes frost the carcasses of trees downed by Sandy. Though 80% of homes in my NJ town lost power during the super-storm, ours did not. To my three-year-old and five-year-old, Sandy delivered an endless play-date, with a stream of friends and cousins flowing to our...

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Beyond the Bubble: Children's Books That Illustrate Poverty

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2012 | 9:56 AM

The presidential candidates have uttered few words about the 15 percent of Americans who live in poverty. Our culture is a long way from the sense of communal responsibility that inspired Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his second inaugural address, to say, "The test of...

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Tomboy Mom Wrestles With Roughhousing

(14) Comments | Posted October 20, 2012 | 6:37 PM

I am a mom who likes to wrestle, throw balls, and guest star as a dragon overlord in my children's games. Yet lately, as my son transitions from toddlerhood to boyhood, I've grown self-conscious about encouraging certain kinds of rough-and-tumble play. My daughter's physical play style is raucous and loud,...

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Are You There God? It's Me, Mommy: How Unaffiliated Parents Can Fill 'the Void' When They Don't Want to Join a Religious Institution

(47) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 8:03 PM

It would be all together more convenient if I did not believe in God. It's not like I believe in a sympathetic patriarch who parts the Red Sea when prophets or ordinary folk ask. I'm an "ethnic Jew": the kind who rarely goes to temple yet is struck by a...

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