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Mona Gable is a writer and journalist whose articles on politics, medicine, travel and parenting have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Health, Los Angeles Magazine, Budget & Travel, and Salon, among other publications. She is a contributor to the 2008 anthology, "The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change" and her essays have been published in two bestselling anthologies, "Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood," and "A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Daughters." She is currently working on a memoir.

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On the Perils of Genetic Testing

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 6:14 PM

In the fall of 2010, as my brother was dying of colon cancer, I learned a terrifying secret. He also had Huntington's disease, a horrific brain disorder that is passed down in families.

Suddenly, even as I was losing my cherished sibling, my childhood soulmate, I was also grappling...

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How a Smart, Successful Writer Fell for an Inmate

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 6:46 PM

You could call Amy Friedman's memoir, Desperado's Wife, a prison love story. After all, much of the action occurs in a medium-security Ontario prison. But that would be truly minimizing it.

On a suggestion by a writing student, Friedman, then a newspaper columnist in her late 30s and an...

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In Defense of Meghan McCain

(342) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 4:21 PM

Let's talk about breasts. After all, it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But the real reason I want to talk about breasts is Meghan McCain.

To recap, last Sunday McCain appeared on Christiane Amanpour's show on ABC, where she challenged Christine O'Donnell's fitness to be a U.S. senator....

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A True Populist Revolt in Bell: And It's Not the Tea Partiers

(40) Comments | Posted July 30, 2010 | 3:18 PM

We haven't had much to cheer about lately, between the Gulf oil spill and the war in Afghanistan and the pink mama grizzlies rearing up. So I'd like to give a shout-out to the fine citizens of Bell, whose unlikely populist revolt against city leaders has been the feel-good...

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Why Carly Fiorina Is Not Cool for California

(25) Comments | Posted June 6, 2010 | 5:31 PM

We're so lucky in California to have two wealthy women running for political office in our upcoming primary. Who says we haven't come a long way, baby?

But while I'm a big fan of eBay, the candidate I want to focus on is Carly Fiorina, who wants to be...

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Why Sarah Palin Is Not Only an Airhead But a Dangerous One

(970) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 7:28 PM

A while ago I promised myself I was not going to blog about Sarah Palin. Why feed her bottomless ego? I thought. Why give more ink to an airhead? Even when she invaded my turf in LA before the Academy Awards I didn't blink. Even when she and her entourage...

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Doctors Without Borders in Haiti: Why Couldn't They Land?

(42) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 7:22 PM

Bill Clinton is on the ground in Haiti with Chelsea touring the rubble. I'm elated the former president was able to get permission from the Defense Department to fly in. It's no small feat, I'm telling you. Because apparently not everyone can.

Take Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the highly...

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Why A Mom Should Be Allowed to Be Buried with her Dead Soldier Son

(42) Comments | Posted December 30, 2009 | 6:34 PM

I can think, off the top of my head, of a dozen sad stories this holiday season. But for some reason the story of Denise Anderson won't let me go.

Denise is 42, a single mom. Her son Army Spc. Corey Shea was killed in Mosul last year shortly...

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The Assault on Abortion AKA Health Reform

(6) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 8:54 PM


I'm still trying to get my mind around the idea that a little-known congressman named Bart Stupak hijacked the entire health care bill at the last second. While also managing to infuriate millions of American women like myself.

How did Stupak do it? And all with the apparent...

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A Lesson From Barack (and Malia) Obama

(34) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 6:43 PM

I know this isn't nice, but I was secretly pleased when the President outed Malia for getting a C on her science test. As a parent I found the news immensely reassuring. Why, the elder First Daughter has as much trouble juggling homework, sports and her social life as...

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Nicholas Kristof Talks About Sex Trafficking, Rape and Raising Kids

(17) Comments | Posted October 17, 2009 | 12:57 PM

Nicholas Kristof has found himself in some pretty tough spots. Brothels in Cambodia, refugee camps in Darfur, villages in Pakistan. Still, this last one might take the cake. "The night before I was in Ogden, Utah," says the New York Times' columnist, as if he couldn't quite believe he'd...

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Obama Going to Talk to Kids: Yikes!

(300) Comments | Posted September 5, 2009 | 6:40 PM

I'm so glad my children aren't in elementary school anymore. Otherwise I'd be spending the whole Labor Day weekend fretting over next Tuesday instead of cleaning the ashes out of my ears. 


Tuesday, as you all know, unless you've been preoccupied with your house burning down or ominous...

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Health Care Reform: White Like Me, Oh, Dear!

(35) Comments | Posted August 14, 2009 | 4:49 PM

I have to say it's really embarrassing to be a white person these days. Talk about behaving badly. Who would have ever thought that nice white people from Missouri and Pennsylvania could get so riled up about the Weimar Republic, say, or the Founding Fathers? Especially when the topic at...

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On Nancy Pelosi and Michael Jackson

(95) Comments | Posted July 10, 2009 | 6:34 PM

I'd like to thank Nancy Pelosi for nixing the resolution to honor Michael Jackson. It's not like Congress doesn't have anything to do. (Health care, anyone?) But it was a spectacularly bad idea from the start. And now with revelations about the late singer's drug problems, the coroner's office subpoenaing...

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A Word from Anderson Cooper

(11) Comments | Posted May 22, 2009 | 10:15 PM

Of course there had to be a question about the tea-bagging remark.

"On April 15th, as many as 700,000 Americans gathered to protest government spending in what were called tea parties," a young man in the audience begins. "Now, you dismissed these voices with a crude sexual joke saying,...

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Question: What Do Christiane Amanpour and Afghanistan Have to Do with the Prom?

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2009 | 7:43 PM

I really wasn't planning on writing about my daughter going to her prom. But sometimes the most unexpected occasions take on political meaning.

Don't get me wrong. It was priceless, one of those moments you hope your teenager will eventually appreciate you showed up for. Before the dance my daughter...

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Coping with Sexting

(64) Comments | Posted April 17, 2009 | 7:43 PM

Now that we've gotten those infernal tea-bagging parties out of the way, let's get to what's really important: sexting and teens.

I hope I don't need to explain what this trend is, because I'd just as soon leave that to Urban Dictionary or to Good Morning America, which recently held...

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Does My Teenage Daughter Get the Rihanna/Chris Brown Thing?

(21) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 10:19 PM

It sure was a big news day. Between Bernie Madoff being led off to prison, Levi and Bristol mercifully breaking up (now there was a stunner!), and Oprah bringing on BFF Tyra and devoting an hour-long show to "all the Rihannas of the world," I had a terrible time deciding...

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Why Obama Needs A Special Envoy to Africa (and not just George Clooney)

(4) Comments | Posted February 24, 2009 | 4:58 PM

This hardly seems like the time to worry about cholera in Zimbabwe. Or the rapidly deteriorating availability of medical care for the dying and women unfortunate enough to be pregnant. Heaven knows we've got our own problems, what with zombie banks, people losing their homes and suddenly budget-conscious GOP governors...

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Obama Needs to Watch "Gossip Girl"

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2009 | 7:46 PM

Things are getting gloomy in California, and I don't just mean our stormy skies.
On Friday the Governator told more than 200,000 Californians who work for the state to stay home. From now on they'll get two days off a month until June 2011.
I know. You're...

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