Monthly Archives: November 2012

Over-thinking Sesame Street

This is my TIME.com column today, Adults Read Too Much Into “Sesame Street,” about the bizarre adult conflation of Elmo/Kevin Clash and what it says about how we see children:   Many adults who have been tracking the story about Elmo-creator Kevin … Continue reading

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Thanks for the Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. I really mean it: Happy Thanksgiving. When I was little, it seemed a banal benediction. ‘Have a nice day’-ish. The truth is, I wasn’t too pro on Thanksgiving. Didn’t like the muted colors, the dreary weather, the icky food. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Tale of the Pharmacist-Philosopher

I had a run-in with a pharmacist not long ago. I’d left my half-finished bottle of antibiotics in Vermont, so back in Boston I had my husband write me a new prescription. The pharmacist balked and told me it was … Continue reading

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All Vamped Up

You don’t mind a little self-congratulation do you? I’ve shown towering restraint in the run-up to the final installment of the Twilight series (opening tomorrow!) I held my tongue when Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were recently photographed ohmygod! holding hands again. … Continue reading

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Cherchez La Femme

Here’s my TIME.com column today on, what else, L’Affaire Petraeus. Maybe I should start by saying that I met Paula Broadwell at Aspen this summer (where we had a delightful conversation while treadmilling and, yes, she looked awesome and seemed nothing … Continue reading

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Flowers for Ida

I spent one of the most formative years of my life as a mental health worker at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (“Mass Mental,” as it was affectionately called). I had recently returned from a sojurn in Bangladesh and hadn’t … Continue reading

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Not Gloating Yet

“A succession of potential Republican nominees -– Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich –- were bright, attractive, and have compelling narratives. Instead, Republican voters (or, at least, enough of them) bought into this Democratic mantra that only a … Continue reading

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