In becoming obsessed with the Kennedys, we not only followed their fashion and lifestyle, we learned about government and politics.
It was after lunch, and, if I were to guess, my second-grade class was doing phonics exercises when our principal, Sister Mary Vaughan, announced over the P.A. system that President Kennedy had been shot, and would we all please stop our work and pray for him?
Jackie became pregnant for the first time in 1955 but after three months "suffered a miscarriage and learned that carrying and delivering a child would always be difficult for her," recalled JFK's friend and adviser Ken O'Donnell.
As we mark this 50th anniversary of JFK's presidency cut short, we might also pause and consider Caroline Kennedy as the six-year-old daughter and 11-year-old niece of gun violence victims.
Caroline Kennedy has the opportunity to be the most influential ambassador to Japan in 50 years.
When Caroline Kennedy goes before the Senate for her confirmation hearings to become the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, she could surprise everyone by showing an appreciation for Japan's single most important issue -- its aging population.
She is regarded as very bright and has long been interested in high-level politics. She is a lawyer and author. And she matches the Japanese appreciation of respected dignitaries. Which leaves the question: What is an ambassador supposed to do anyway?
Connections can get your foot into the door for an interview or, in the examples above, help you land the job, but, soon performance counts.
The whole purpose of breaking barriers and glass ceilings is to make more room for others to pass through.
As an American woman who has worked for decades advising Japanese businesspeople about cultural and human resource issues, I have mixed feelings about Caroline Kennedy's rumored appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
Eliot Spitzer and Mary Matalin clash over four hot topics: Can Weiner run after his spectacle of contrition? Does dynasty = destiny for Caroline, Chelsea, Hillary? Is Obama now entitled to a grand bargain? Will Newtown parents out-lobby the NRA?
I joined Birchbox myself although "beauty" is not my goal. (I've given up on that.) But I can't wait every month to see what they send me . It's always a neat surprise and worth a lot more than the $10 it costs.
Aside from the lack of language skills, Kennedy is a much better choice than most campaign bundlers who get plush ambassadorial posts for no other reason than having fundraised for the winning presidential candidate.
From WJZ-TV in Baltimore where she became fast friends with work colleague Oprah Winfrey to the CBS Morning News to anchoring, producing and reporting for NBC News, Maria proved herself again and again as someone who works hard and with a conscience. And why not?
Defending free speech is easy when everyone agrees with the speech -- it's defending odious and reprehensible speech that is always the harder path. More on this subject next week.
As an innocent bystander who watched from home and tried to follow the most important prime-time speeches and then channel surfed for different pundit reactions of both conventions, here is my assessment of the two presidential conventions of 2012.