To: Marybeth From: Dad is Desperate for a Date
Last year while on a road trip with somefriends, we turned on the radio with the windows rolled down and let our hairfly, something everyone should do when they have the chance. A song came onwith lyrics that included What do I stand for? The same song popped into myhead yesterday and made me think of the challenge I and my generation arefacing: What do we stand for?
No matter how firmly we tell women to be more like men -- to shape, stretch, discipline and work to overcome biological determinants -- biology keeps emerging as a crucial factor. Like everything else in life, it affects the less privileged women in a different, downsized way.
From this week’s email, a message from a dad whose ex-wife doesn’t share his concerns about the influence of the culture on their high schooler and preteens.
I hate to be the one to tell you this, but a serious case is now being made that our beloved Constitution gives us the right to have sex with donkeys.
My son, age 42, finally got married. His bride, in a shimmering turquoise maternity dress, walked down a red carpet with rose petals scattered by his 8-year-old twin nieces, to join a cantor who sang the Jewish blessings under a chuppah, a canopy held by a man on each corner, in a quasi-traditional wedding ceremony.
One significant development in the recent election was votes in four states approving same sex marriage initiatives. Until now, all previous state referenda to approve same sex marriage – 32 of them - failed.
Next week voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington will vote on whether to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. Given that there are good people on both sides of this issue, how are we to explain their opposing views?
If you want to see what the New Normal looks like when the American Civil Liberties Union calls the shots, look no further than Cranston, Rhode Island. That city of 80,000, the third largest in the Ocean State, is at the epicenter of the ACLU’s War on the Normal.
A week ago, after I gave a speech to a parent group, a mother with a difficult issue approached me. It was something she didn’t want to discuss in front of her school community during the question-and-answer session.
I am the mom of a 12-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. They have been huge fans of Nickelodeon TV programming throughout their childhoods.
You can’t give your children real self-esteem. They have to work for it.
One of my mother's favorite sayings is to do the best you can with what you have at the time.
Monday night, my husband came home around 8:30 and was surprised to find me painting my office. Early that morning, as I lay in bed, unable to sleep, I decided to paint my office. The deadline was driven by a Tuesday installation appointment for a TV. After all, why hang the TV on a wall with old paint, nail holes and patches of paint missing where the dry-erase squares had been removed?
It’s official. Brad and Angelina are engaged, succumbing to pressure from family members to finally tie the knot.
The poobahs of our popular culture never seem happy unless they're taking entertainment down to the "next level" of deviancy.
As a mother, you want to protect your children, but we also know that it's the conflict that provides the growth opportunity for children.
When I was young, I thought that I knew everything. The older I have grown, the more I have begun to understand how little I know. As a young, determined, hardworking financial consultant in the late 1980s and early 1990s, life seemed rather simple: Work hard, get ahead.
On May 8, North Carolinians will vote on Amendment One: an act which amends “the constitution [of North Carolina] to provide that marriage between a man and woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in [the] state.”
On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank. The following year a constitutional amendment made possible the graduated income tax, and Congress set a top rate of 7 percent on incomes above $11 million (in 2012 dollars).
In 1993, then Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan published a paper in which he coined the phrase “defining deviancy down.” He was ringing an alarm about what he saw as a dangerous social unraveling as result of our redefining deviant behavior as normal, rather than doubling down on traditional standards of behavior.
If you're tired of watching the Republican debates, tune in Sunday night to the Academy Awards presentations. The night will show off beautiful eye candy for both men and women, diversion with glitz.
Oh, have we got problems as a country and as a people -- not all of them connected with Iranian nuclear ambitions, the eurozone crisis and Mitt Romney's inner feelings about family dogs on the family station wagon roof.
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