Monthly Archives: January 2013

Why Pygmies Make Better Parents

My TIME.com post on why modern parents have things backwards about child development, nurturing, and the value of play: “With narcissism levels on the rise among college students, and kids everywhere growing up with inflated egos and deflated life prospects, it’s hard to make … Continue reading

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Constructive Paranoia

I’ve been reading a new book called The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond (the Guns, Germs, and Steel guy), about what we can learn from ‘ancestral’ (i.e. hunter-gatherer) societies. He’s pretty clear about the things we might not wish to … Continue reading

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Call of the Wild

Sometimes on my walks around my house in Vermont, I forget who has the upper hand. It’s easy enough to forget; I have the suburbanite’s acquisitive, territorial nature. I like to put on my snow shoes and galumph around the … Continue reading

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Sneezles and Wheezles

Here’s a little flu-season poetry for you, qua Christopher Robin. And here’s my public service announcement today on the folk wisdom of preschoolers, from TIME.com, which, I’m happy to say — because I am a flaming narcissist/former preschool teacher — Andrew … Continue reading

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I Have a Voice (And You Do Too)

My son asked me last night if there is still a role for feminism in the 21st century “with all the progress we’ve seen.” Of course! I told him. Steubenville, Ohio and New Delhi, India are surely proof enough. But … Continue reading

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(Don’t) Rush To Judge Me

(Update: Just noticed that uber-blogger, Andrew Sullivan, picked me up again a few days ago for my  TIME.com column last week on the link between India’s skewed sex ratios and violence against women. Here’s the link.) I have a love-hate relationship … Continue reading

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The Case of the Missing Girls: Skewed Sex Ratios and Big Problems

Here is my TIME.com column on the recent rape-murder of an Indian medical student and Asia’s “missing girls”: (And I’m happy to say that Andrew Sullivan picked me up again here.) The horrific gang rape and murder of a 23-year old … Continue reading

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