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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Stand Up and Vote

“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls that imprison men because they are different from other men.” (Lyndon B. Johnson) “Always vote for principle, though you may … Continue reading

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College Sex: 50 Shades of Black and White

A few days ago, I wrote a TIME.com column arguing that allegations of sexual assault on college campuses are hard to adjudicate (and even harder to prosecute) because, unfortunately, these cases often contain shades of grey: What to do about … Continue reading

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