BLOGS


  • Kin By Mania: The Bond I Feel With Other Bipolar People Is Inexplicable She moved like me. That’s what I noticed first. Her eyes and hands darted as she talked — playful, acerbic, digressive. We talked on past 2 a.m., her speech breathless, crackling with opinion. She took another hit from the joint and passed it back to me on the dorm suite couch, as my brother fell asleep ...
  • 7 Hidden Truths About Postpartum PTSD I Want Everyone To Know If you’re a new mom, you probably hear about postpartum depression all the time. There are articles galore to be read. You’ve memorized all the warning signs. But if you regularly get flashbacks to traumatic moments in the delivery room, don’t like to talk about giving birth because it’s painful for you, and have symptoms of ...
  • La. Supt. John White’s Job Is The Subject Of A May 30, 2017, Lawsuit When it comes to the state ed superintendent position, Louisiana is in an unprecedented spot. The state ed superintendent is supposed to be approved by the state board of ed (BESE) each time a new BESE board is elected– every four years. A two-thirds vote is required to for La. BESE to approve a state ed ...
  • 4 Tips For Dating After Divorce After going through a divorce, it can be strange and unsettling to re-enter the dating scene. Chances are it is very different from when you were in it the last time. You’ve probably never heard of “Netflix and Chill” or navigated through dating apps such as Tinder or Bumble. You are most certainly wondering how the ...
  • Cooking Off The Cuff: More Fish With More Pasta – Rigatoni With Monkfish When Jackie and I see a particularly beautiful piece of fish in the market, it’s hard to resist pointing to it and saying, “Give us that one” – even when it’s too big for two. That’s what the freezer is for, and not long before we left for a trip (we’re now in London, eating ...
  • A Great Way To Commemorate Future Memorial Days We just had another Memorial Day weekend and it led me to ponder this holiday. Memorial Day has evolved with me over the years. I remember going on picnics back home in Michigan on Memorial Day weekend. With winter weather only a few weeks behind on that weekend, it was a real celebration of being ...
  • Stockholm Pursues Climate Holy Grail — A Fossil Fuel-Free Future — Part 4: Transforming Transportation To achieve its paramount goal of being fossil-fuel free in 2050, Stockholm will need to eliminate about two million tons of greenhouse gas emissions by then—a drop of over 80 percent. Fortunately, Stockholm’s efforts are occurring in a nation whose national energy policy and goals are aimed at achieving major early emissions reductions. By 2020, for ...
  • Addiction Advocacy Needs A Bill Gates, David Geffen, Warren Buffett, Or Tom Steyer Addiction and drug overdoses claim one life every four minutes in America. In the time it takes to order a latte, someone dies—from an illness that is highly treatable. The addiction crisis is the result of social prejudice; criminal justice policies that incarcerate people with addiction instead of giving them treatment; health care policies that ...
  • Being Convinced We’re Always Right Is Our Next National Emergency function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); It’s no secret that we’ve reached the apex of the the age of entitlement. Social media and political polarization have pushed people on either side of the spectrum to dig in their heels and refuse the other side. We’ve come to value being right more than being humble. It’s ...
  • Where Have All The Shopping Montages Gone? If you have not seen the opening sequence of 2009’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” please do so now. It is one of the most delightfully absurdist depictions of what NYC aspirants think the city is like, complete with potential meet-cutes, a Gucci namedrop, and blacking out from bliss due to a rhinestone-encrusted egg purse in a ...
  • Trump’s Presidency Has Normalized A New Meanness In America This post was originally published at RobertReich.org Last Wednesday, on the eve of his election to the House of Representatives, Montana Republican Greg Gianforte attacked Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian newspaper. What prompted the violence? Jacobs had asked Gianforte for his reaction to the Congressional Budget Office’s report showing that the House Republican substitute for ...
  • An Open Letter To Brokers I come in peace. I have been hard on you in the past. At times, I was insensitive to the fact that you are husbands, wives, Moms and Dads. You have mortgages to pay and children to educate. You’re under pressure to generate revenue for your employer, and they’re not exactly a charitable group. All too ...
  • Tips For Your Child’s First Summer Sleep-Away Camp Is your child signed up for sleep-away summer camp this year? Each year, millions of children attend one of the more than 12,000 summer camps in the United States. Nearly 60 percent of these programs are sleep-away camps for kids. While some children look forward to this time away from home, others may find it ...
  • Stockholm Pursues Climate Holy Grail: A Fossil-Fuel-Free Future — Part 1: Ambitious Goals A Note About The Five–Part Stockholm Energy Transition Series The first three articles present Stockholm’s climate action plan in historical and global perspective. They describe the city’s efforts to reduce emissions from heating, cooling, and transportation, along with how the city recaptures energy from wastes and wastewater. The articles also explain how Stockholm will compensate for ...
  • How Is Trump Picking A New FBI Director Even A Thing? In his Tuesday briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer noted that President Trump was today interviewing two new candidates for the FBI director job ― former assistant attorney general Christopher Wray and former TSA administrator John Pistole. Prior to his overseas trip, Trump had been reviewing other candidates, including former senator Joe Lieberman, who ...
  • The Tragedy Of Dakota James’s Death And Overlooking Other Violent Epidemics This blog entry began as a Facebook post as I reflected on the outpouring of skepticism around the autopsy findings in the death of Dakota James, a 23-year-old gay man who disappeared early in the morning on January 25. The autopsy declared his death an accidental drowning, suggesting he fell into the water on his own. ...
  • Trump Is One In A Long ‘Tripartisan’ Line Of Flip-Floppers Of all the arrows a political candidate has in his/her quiver, charging an opponent with “flip-flopping” is often feckless and can even have a backlash effect. The strategy of most candidates is to put themselves in the mainstream of the voters while portraying their opponent as extreme. When a candidate is charged with flip-flopping, moderate ...
  • An Open Letter To Islamophobic Sexists Written by Tasbeeh Muhamed & Tahira Ayub Dear Islamophobic sexists, I understand that it might seem strange to see the word “sexist” coming right after “Islamophobic.” In fact, to you, it might even seem strange to see the word sexist written by a Muslim woman. I understand you are of the opinion that Muslim women are submissive ...
  • Trump Will Be A Nightmare Client For His Legal Dream Team Donald Trump has lawyered up. He’s engaged New York über-litigator Marc Kasowitz, who routinely charges $1,500 per hour, to help him contend with the rapidly expanding federal probes into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. From a legal standpoint, the decision to retain Kasowitz is a no-brainer. ...
  • Trump’s First Trip Abroad Was Basically An Apology Tour Conservatives used to love to lambaste Barack Obama for traveling abroad and “apologizing” for U.S. conduct. Mitt Romney popularized the argument during one of the presidential debates in 2012. The “apology tour” became an oft-repeated meme among the president’s critics. According to the Heritage Foundation, the former president “apologized for his country to nearly 3 billion ...