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Harry Truman's Lies and Fukushima

(27) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 5:08 PM

Almost 67 years ago, President Harry Truman ushered in the nuclear age with a boast and a bunch of lies. On the first anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, they are more deadly than ever.

In his first official statements about the bombing of Hiroshima, Truman carefully focused on...

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Why Do Single Mothers Get Shafted?

(614) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 4:07 AM

This year, on the day when we celebrate our mothers, the first Happy Mother's Day call I will make is to my sister. She has been one of those women on the front lines of motherhood, with the most difficult job in the world: A single mom. Of teenagers.


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The Moment I Knew

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2011 | 6:40 PM

In the years that followed, my ex would go to a high-powered divorce lawyer in Manhattan, who would say to him, "Oh, Christ! Not another one. If I had a penny for every time a man comes in here saying that his wife 'found herself'!" Then, it was wounding: a...

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The Gender Gap in Motherhood

(386) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 5:44 AM

"How can you leave your children?" It was the question leveled at me when I was away from my children for four months to interview the atomic bomb survivors in Japan. I heard it again, when I was facing divorce and my husband and I had to decide...

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Hiroshima: The Lesson We Never Learned

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 1:01 PM

On the 65th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we risk losing the memories of the survivors.

I went to Hiroshima in 2001 to interview the hibakusha -- literally, the "bomb-affected people." I made this journey as a Japanese-American woman who had no knowledge of the atomic bombings...

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Quality of Life at the End of Life

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 12:23 PM

My father recently sent me a picture of my mother playing with a lizard. It was a Jackson's Chameleon, green and black with three horns on its head. You might think, how cute, or that she was visiting a zoo with children, or that she is an intrepid exotic animal...

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This Is Your Society on Oil

(5) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 11:08 AM

I know why BP is lying to us. But why are we lying to ourselves?

This oil spill has become a blot -- not just a slick, deadly blot in our ocean, but a black spot on our vision so that we can no longer see the future, or the...

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Guns in School

(16) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 9:05 AM

My son was shot three times - in school - by a BB gun, and I didn't know it. He was shot in the back, and in the ankle, and at the base of his skull. This was not a single, isolated spree of a crazed shooter in the school...

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Writer's Block and Health Care Reform Protestors - What They Have in Common

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 2:08 PM

Ever noticed that writer's block only strikes when you aren't writing?

Ha, ha: joke right? Not really.

Writer's block isn't something that happens to people who have never written anything. Which means, we who suffer from it can write. We have written. So why do we suddenly fear that we...

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Lying About Hiroshima or This Train Takes Me Back To Hiroshima

(4) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 10:05 AM

When the publishing world's latest scandal chugged into view last month, the problems with The Last Train from Hiroshima were quickly dismissed as minor: The author had been duped! With photos no less! It was the witness who had lied. James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic, etc. for those who have recently...

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