Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Walk On the Wacko Side

Well, well, Andrew Sullivan refuses to drive. Interesting. I find that a little scandalous, quite frankly, in a kids-in-playpens kind of way. I know, I know. Andrew Sullivan’s famous, child-free, an excellent bicyclist… all attributes I lack. But I aspire … Continue reading

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How To Fix Our Schools!

Let’s do a thought experiment: Imagine you have a really complicated surgical problem. Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm, let’s say. Just a little bulge in the body’s major vessel that extends from the chest to the abdomen that delivers a little blood … Continue reading

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Why Birth Control Matters for the American Dream

My TIME.com column today on birth control and the American dream: Melinda Gates was lauded for her bravery last week in stating her unequivocal support for contraception, especially for women in developing countries. She’s right, of course, that family planning saves lives, … Continue reading

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Blu Ray Blues

I recently emerged Rip Van Winkle-style from a long technological nap, so I was totally unaware of the complete travesty that is Blu Ray until I watched Star Wars part two/five on my swanky new TV last night. Words fail me. … Continue reading

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Evil Hypothesis #2: Only Child Life is Real Life

Adults harm children more than they help. Debate. It’s hard to wade through the sludge of child-bashing these days. If you were a visiting alien species, you might be forgiven for thinking adults were  perfect, unsuspecting angels who selflessly endure a … Continue reading

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Dogs Meet Non-Dogs

That’s my dog, Elsa, meeting a horse for the first time. (A friend rode over to our place from his house a couple miles away.) Elsa also squeezed under a fence to say hello to three shaggy, indifferent cows. She … Continue reading

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Evil Hypothesis #1

I know I’m supposed to be TOTALLY OUTRAGED that Mr. Gallus Strobel, mayor of the Black Forest town of Triberg, Germany, has designated special ‘women-only’ parking spaces in his town. That’s right: wider, longer, easier-to-maneuver parking spaces, for that very … Continue reading

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My New BFF

A few weeks ago, before taking up part-time residence in Vermont, I would have answered unequivocally, “my husband” to the question: Who is your best friend? Of course my husband! No contest. Best friend of 25 years (24 years and 363 days, … Continue reading

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How To Grow Up: Share A Bunk With 8 Year-Olds

My TIME.com column today on the benefits of being a camp counselor: Summer Camp: Can It Make Kids More Responsible? Why Interaction Within Mixed Age Groups Makes Kids More Mature There aren’t a lot of Harvard students who’ve worked as … Continue reading

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Mediocre Mom Blues

I’m phoning in a thoroughly mediocre parenting performance.  My husband is up in Vermont, admiring the panoramic mountain views (and possibly doing the odd ‘man chore’) while I am back home on the urban ranch, failing to complete the required … Continue reading

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