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The Moment I Knew

Posted April 7, 2011 | 01:39 PM (EST)

I was standing with family and friends in Collioure, France, watching the most spectacular and beautiful fireworks I had ever seen when I knew my marriage was finished. It was Bastille Day, 2002. A little less than a year earlier, my family and I had moved to Paris for two...

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Who Gets to Call Herself a Feminist Matters More Than We Might Think

Posted November 11, 2010 | 02:49 PM (EST)

Within the past few days, young and famous feminist Jessica Valenti defended her decision not to take part in a panel based on More magazine's recent list of hip and important young feminists and Nora Ephron all but dismissed the old-line feminist movement of the...

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What the Rally for Sanity and Obama Have in Common and It's Not Politics

Posted October 31, 2010 | 11:43 AM (EST)

On the bus ride home to the Shenandoah Valley with some of the nearly two hundred people who made the hours-long journey to the Rally for Sanity, October 30, we were fired up. We were talking politics, the Democratic Party, The Tea Party, Republicans, and, well, passion. Mostly...

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When Is a Literary Feud NOT a Literary Feud?

Posted August 26, 2010 | 09:54 AM (EST)

For all those tired of debating who is a "real" American and to whom Constitutional rights apply, and don't, the feud between literary star Jonathan Franzen and bestselling novelists Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult is a welcome distraction.

Actually there is no feud. It's just two popular women writers angry...

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Do I Want to Know I Will Come Down with Alzheimer's?

Posted August 11, 2010 | 02:06 PM (EST)

Five years ago, right before her seventy-eighth birthday, my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The symptoms had been apparent for several years but alcohol masked some of them and denial, perhaps, masked others. Once my mother finally entered a rehabilitation facility and was no longer drinking, it...

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Stop Me Before I Click Again

Posted July 19, 2010 | 11:25 AM (EST)


On a recent short getaway I was sitting over breakfast one morning with my friend B, clearly jonesing from both the absence of my netbook and the dearth of decent newspapers available at the hotel at which we were staying. While I pushed my eggs around my plate,...

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Nobody is Gonna Tell Me Who to Be Friends With!

Posted June 17, 2010 | 05:57 PM (EST)


Weirdest story of the week: The New York Times today ran a piece on some schools and some school officials discouraging students from having a "best" friend. Being friends with everyone is supposed to, well, put an end to bullying.

I was bulled in middle school and...

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WHY Are We in Afghanistan? And Other Pressing Questions of Our Time

Posted May 12, 2010 | 09:30 AM (EST)

Bill Press had a discussion on the "war" in Afghanistan on his radio show this morning. I put the word "war" in quotation marks because it remains difficult for me to decide whether this is an actual war or another incursion/occupation based on our idea of promoting democracy around...

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What Do You Believe? Conscience vs. Reason: Can Values Be Fact?

Posted March 23, 2010 | 09:18 AM (EST)

Belief systems are a funny thing. They're hard felt, hard won and nearly impossible to shake. And unfortunately, most of them are often built on things other than facts.

Polls frequently tell us what the American public "believes." We "believe" that health care reform will not make a difference in...

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I Am Giving Up Hope for Lent

Posted February 17, 2010 | 12:27 PM (EST)

In the Christian tradition, Lent is a period of forty days, beginning Ash Wednesday, when the observant go into a period of denial, penance, and prayer, and, more commonly give up something important to them until Easter. While, as a Jew, I do not subscribe to the risen Christ --...

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Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me....

Posted January 29, 2010 | 01:59 PM (EST)

"I'm going to go out in the yard and eat worms," is how the rest of that sad ditty goes. If you didn't say it as a child, you know someone who did. And we have all certainly felt that way more than once or twice.

Arguably,...

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Obama, Woods, Racism and Me

Posted December 17, 2009 | 04:05 PM (EST)

In this spot was a post I wrote a few weeks ago which talked about Obama (and the failure of good health care reform) and Woods (right after his debacle was revealed) as heroes who had been fallen by pride.

Many people saw this as offensive and racist, although many,...

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Note: Call Doctor Re Memory & Knowledge Loss. Terrified.

Posted December 11, 2009 | 08:27 AM (EST)

There are post-it notes all over my mother's room at the assisted living place where she has lived since being diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the summer of 2005. She loves post-it notes. She likes them in bright colors like hot pink and green. Some of them have her name...

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What a Difference a Year Makes: Will We Ever Have Truth in Politics?

Posted November 6, 2009 | 07:04 AM (EST)

Arianna Huffington 's headline in HuffPo Tuesday was "Obama One Year Later: The Audacity of Winning vs The Timidity of Governing." On Wednesday's Hardball MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews was pissed: he thought Obama had already become an incumbent insider who plays golf and hangs around with big money guys. He...

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Who is Kidding Whom? The Shriver Report on Women

Posted October 22, 2009 | 12:05 PM (EST)

I don't think I or any woman I know needs to read "The Shriver Report: A Women's Nation Changes Everything" by Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress. Although the Report is being highly touted as important on several NBC programs, all the women I know know exactly...

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Big News? Women Over 50 Less Likely to Remarry

Posted September 17, 2009 | 06:15 PM (EST)

Duh.

Okay, perhaps the New York Times article that graced the front page of the Style section recently deserves a little more parsing than that.

But really. Like that other scary statistic that turned out to be wrong -- remember the one about women over forty being as...

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The End of the World: One Reality Show and Internet Comment At a Time

Posted September 15, 2009 | 10:08 AM (EST)

Once upon a time, a little Pollyanna-ish I know, I actually believed that most people were decent, most people were inherently good, and most people, when given the chance, were kind. I also believed in a) manners b) civility and c) generally good behavior in public and private.

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Didn't We Always Suspect Guilt Was Good?

Posted August 25, 2009 | 10:31 AM (EST)

Sometime in the middle of the self-help movement in the early seventies, my father came to the dinner table with a book he had just bought. It was by Thomas Harris and was entitled I'm Ok, You're Ok. "Guilt," he announced, putting the book down on the table with a...

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Who's Your (Bad) Mother? Ayelet Waldman Takes On The Art of Mothering

Posted May 4, 2009 | 01:25 PM (EST)

How about this Mother's Day we all give ourselves a break, pick up Ayelet Waldman's latest book, Bad Mother, put our feet up, eat some chocolate, and pat ourselves on the back that the kids are still alive, we are, too, and that, really, if we think real hard...

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"Trickle Down Torture"

Posted April 23, 2009 | 07:25 PM (EST)

Will anyone every forget the pictures of Lynndie England, looking as though she were gleefully enjoying he torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad during the American occupation of Iraq? Or then president George Bush's insistence that England was one of a few "bad apples" in the...

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