Entries by Marlo Thomas

Terrorism and the Family - A Thanksgiving Day Reflection

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 8:36 PM

The telephone call was as unexpected as it was disappointing. It was from my dear friend in Los Angeles, who was supposed to be arriving in New York today for Thanksgiving.

"I can't make it," she sad sadly.

"Why not?" I asked. "Is everything okay?"

"Yes, I'm fine...physically," she...

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The Mammogram Debate: Five Important Things You Should Know

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 9:21 AM

Maybe it's the Girl Scout in me, but I always like to be prepared. So when I went to my doctor recently for a routine mammogram, I came armed with the latest statistics.

"Why am I coming in here every year for a mammogram, if cancer doesn't run in...

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What's In A Name? Everything -- If It's Yours!

(18) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 8:21 AM

What's in a name?

That concept has been buzzing in my head a lot lately, especially now that we're deep into wedding season. Last month I attended the nuptials of two friends, and in both cases the women guests seemed more than a little eager to know which name the...

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Father's Day 2015: Love, Memories... and Loads of Laughs

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 9:34 PM

It's hard to believe that it's been 24 years since I picked out a Father's Day card. I always enjoyed that ritual of choosing just the right one--funny or loving--that I knew my dad would enjoy.

He passed away in 1991, and not a day has gone by that...

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Where To File Your Taxes, With Jean Chatzky (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 5:29 PM

If you're looking for ways to file your taxes, Jean Chatzky has an answer for you. If your income is less than sixty-thousand a year, you can save money by filing for free through the IRS. Sixty-thousand and above, Jean suggests using a tax filing software or to...

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On Thankfulness

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 11:39 AM

It was the simplest of moments. I had just raised the blinds in our living room, and was awestruck by the view of Central Park, bathed in the morning light. The Park is always stunning - it's one of the reasons Phil and I chose this apartment when we were...

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Breaking Out: Jennifer Aniston Takes the Cake!

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 12:15 PM

It is always inspiring to witness a rare act of transformation, especially when it involves someone we've come to know and admire. This month, that startling moment of truth is on display in movie theaters across America.

When Jennifer Aniston first appears onscreen in Daniel Barnz' unsettling new film, Cake,...

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Taking Stock for the New Year: Doing the Doable!

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 12:51 PM

If you lived through enough January firsts, you know that, when it comes to New Year's resolutions, we often set ourselves up for failure. Challenging ourselves to a mother lode of well-intentioned but giant tasks -- losing 40 pounds, changing jobs, moving to a new home -- we often become...

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The Fight Against Bullying: Taking It Up A Notch

(16) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 8:10 AM

I once watched my father break up a fight. He was walking me home from school, and we passed by four boys on the sidewalk, three of them menacing the fourth, who was smaller and looked scared. Just as we approached, the biggest of the boys threw a punch at...

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The Number Is 800-799-SAFE -- Call It

(5) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 3:23 PM

Here's the telephone number:


Grab a pencil, write it on a post-it note, put it in plain view, memorize it. It's the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and if you're being abused, they can help you. They'll pick you up, they'll take you -- and your children, if you...

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Joan Rivers -- Farewell, My Funny Friend

(11) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:29 PM

For the past 48 hours, every time I've gone to that sad place about the unexpected -- unfathomable -- passing of my friend, Joan Rivers, I've found myself, just a few moments later, beginning to laugh.

I keep hearing the classically Joan lines she might have said, had she...

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The Summer Bucket List -- So...How'd You Do?

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 11:07 AM

My good friend, and colleague, stand-up comedian Vicky Kuperman, has been sending me emails throughout the summer, updating me on the progress of her "bucket list," to which she'd turned her complete attention back in May.

According to Vicky's regular dispatches, she's been bucketing like crazy this...

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Robin on Robin -- Remembering That First Laugh

(8) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 11:17 AM

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If comic brilliance could be converted to nuclear energy, Robin Williams would have qualified as a one-man power plant. Lightning-quick, wildly unpredictable, and possessed by an endless cast of characters and voices -- on stage and off -- Robin...

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Dispatch From The Hamptons: (Guiltless) Fun In the Sun!

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Talk about heaven on earth.

I'm writing this from the desk in my little room in a lovely and charming inn in East Hampton, New York. I arrived here last month to begin work on a new play at the Guild Hall theatre -- "Clever Little Lies," a funny...

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Celebrating the Solstice: Memories of Summers Past

(3) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 10:01 AM

Run a Google search for great quotes about the summer season -- which officially begins tomorrow -- and you'll see exactly how differently (and personally) it affects all of us.

"Summer afternoon -- summer afternoon," wrote Henry James. "To me those have always been the two most beautiful words in...

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Freaky Friday: 13 Wacky Superstitions From Around The World

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Memo to gods of doom everywhere: You don't scare me today, even though it's Friday the 13th.

I can't say for sure why I've never been a 13th-o-phobe. Maybe it's because I grew up Catholic and celebrated "Good" Fridays every year -- even when they fell on the 13th....

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The Best Pieces Of Advice From Dads Everywhere

(22) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 10:05 AM

"There are two kinds of people in the world: those who stop at a traffic accident to see if they can help, and those who just drive by."

I was just a little girl when my dad first told me that -- and I remember actually watching him do...

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Golden Words -- The Great Commencement Speeches of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 10:35 AM

A few days ago I was walking near my apartment when a swarm of young men and women whooshed by me. They were all wearing long robes and holding their mortarboard hats fast to their heads, as they rushed in the direction of our neighborhood school.

"Hurry!" I heard...

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From Chocolate To Candy Crush -- It's Name Your Poison Day!

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 11:44 AM

June 8th is one of my favorite days of the year. When else can you leave a trail of candy wrappers (or lottery tickets, or trashy novels) in your wake, and feel good about it?

On this day, you can -- because it's National Name Your Poison Day, and across...

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Getting Older...And Better!: Debunking The Myth Of Aging

(6) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Who was it who once said, "Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care?" Ah, yes, that would be William Shakespeare (who, incidentally, died just three days short of his 52nd birthday -- which was considered quite old at the time).

Well, I hate to disagree with the...

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