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.
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. Or maybe it's because I now live in New York City, where the only bad luck you'll typically encounter -- like a Con Ed blackout or a cabbies' strike -- happen whenever they damn well please.
"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."
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 one say to the others, laughing. "We can't be late for our own graduation!"
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?
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).
I was always terrified of marriage. It seemed to me like a place where women lost sight of themselves. And I was quoted saying things like "Marriage is like living with a jailer you have to please." Or, as Gloria Steinem once said, "I can't mate in captivity."
Like all moms, my mother gave me some wonderful pieces advice over the years, the most valuable being her encouragement to follow my own course and seize the career I wanted. She'd left her singing behind when she'd decided to marry and raise a family; and so I think she poured much of that passion into ensuring that my sister and brother and I never lost sight of our own dreams. I've never forgotten that about my mom -- and so this year, I thought I'd turn the tables around and ask you: What piece of advice did your mother give you that has had a lasting impact?
Today is International No Diet Day. In other words, food lovers, it's a day to fall off your "don't even think about it" dietary regimen, and dig in to you heart's content.
In honor of Huffington Post's 9th birthday, we're celebrating by sharing 9 ways to reinvent yourself. That's because Arianna herself has been a shining example of reinvention for her entire career.
"You have to do what you dream of doing," Arianna once said, "even while you're afraid."
The women who are featured in my book are living proof that age and circumstances are, in the end, no barrier to achieving a dream.
Storytelling is one of our oldest art forms, and oldest urges, dating back to the Stone Age, when the ancients told their stories by carving them on the walls of their dwellings. Millions of years later, native Indians would carry on the tradition, gathering in a circle around a fire, while their tribal leader told them a tale to end their weary day.
The year was 1993, and according to a Harvard study by Dr. Carol Gilligan -- as well as research conducted at the University of Minnesota -- as girls approached adolescence, they stopped raising their hands in class; their self-esteem began to wither; and, most distressing, their academic curiosity spiraled downward -- particularly in science, math and technology. This did not bode well for the future prospects of the nation's young women, especially when it came to employment.
Executive Editor, Jill Abramson, is a front page story herself: After 160 years of men filling that prestigious post, Abramson broke the glass ceiling in 2011 with her landmark appointment, having spent her 35-year career at the Times and elsewhere as an investigative reporter, editor, bureau chief and Managing Editor.
Like most people who do a lot of their work at home, I frequently live amid chaos -- phones ringing, emails binging and someone always popping up at my study door, telling me so-and-so is calling just as someone has arrived for a meeting! It can often be overwhelming.
I am a proud American and passionate patriot -- but I am, first and foremost, a comedian's daughter. So I was triply thrilled to see President Obama make a special appearance this week on Zack Galifianakis' white-hot web series, "Between Two Ferns," on Funny or Die.
This week, Time.com invited me to reflect on the creation of "Free to Be...You and Me," which premiered as a TV special 40 years ago Tuesday. I was delighted to accept the offer to talk about "Free to Be" and the impact it's had on subsequent generations. Thanks for lending me the platform, Time.com -- and Happy Birthday, "Free to Be!" --MT
If there's one thing that runs in my family, it's the love of storytelling. My father, Danny Thomas, started that ball rolling. He became a nightclub star not just because of his talent for keeping his audiences in stitches, but also because he could spin a yarn that kept them perched forward in their seats. Dad passed that passion along to my sister and brother and me (when we all get together, we can't wait to tell each other a story!), and now it's moved on to the next generation: My niece, writer and filmmaker Kate Thomas, tells stories every day on her website, Travel With Kate; and this week, she's written one that truly touched my heart.
Today is International Women's Day, and, as usual, I have mixed feelings. It's always exciting to celebrate the achievements and breakthroughs of women ,whether in their own communities or in the bright light of the global stage.
But the day also underscores the ongoing inequality between genders. We don't celebrate an International Men's Day. If we were a truly equal society, would we need a day of our own?
Last year, I threw my back out, and the experience was, in a word, hell. Couldn't walk, couldn't stand and couldn't sit without lightning rods of pain shooting up and down my body. For someone who lives to be seven places at once, this was hardly convenient.