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  • From Skinny Girl To Athlete Each day I encounter people paralyzed with fear of the unknown. They have no idea what their potential is professionally, physically, and emotionally because they are too afraid to expose themselves to failure. I know because I was that person. In my twenties, I was the person so afraid to fail that I kept everything ...
  • The Two Quests Of John de St. Jorre John de St. Jorre, who first revealed in a 1994 New Yorker article the identity of the author of the erotic French novel, Story of O, has compared his search for that mysterious person to the decades-long search for his mother. His new book, Darling Baby Mine: A Son’s Extraordinary Search for His Mother, describes ...
  • ‘Free-Range Kids’? It Depends… Last October the New York Times Magazine published an article about a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who turned his backyard into an elaborate play space for neighborhood kids so they could “take risks and play rough and tumble” without adult supervision. No doubt many readers smiled and nodded to hear about a defender of outdoor play ...
  • News Alert: Psychologists Discover Pathological Pettiness (PP) Psychologists have discovered a new mental disorder for which there is no known treatment: Pathological Pettiness or PP for short. The condition is manifested by the constant need to respond bitterly to the slightest threats to one’s person. Thus, the numbers of people for and against one are magnified all out of proportion. In short, ...
  • How A Betsy DeVos Department Of Education Could Lead To A Massive Transfer Of Public Funds Into The Private Sector On Monday, January 30, 2017, hundreds of patient protectors braved the bitter New York City cold to stand firmly in defiance against the impending appointment of billionaire school-choice crusader Betsy DeVos, 58, for Secretary of Education. The brazen assembly, short on time yet not lacking hope, was among one of many gatherings crisscrossing the nation. ...
  • 8 Things Kids Are Masters At Destroying Six boys produce a lot of destruction around my house. Everywhere I look, there are nicks in bookshelves and unintended holes in the walls from errant hands or fingers or just curiosity, and there are cracked toilet lids and picture frames that have no more glass and shattered lights that took an accidental knocking. But the ...
  • Brexit And Northern Ireland: Fact vs. Fiction Belfast at night. Since the Brexit referendum last summer, there has been no shortage of pundits pedaling an image of a Northern Ireland on the brink of economic calamity. It’s time to dispel some popular fiction with actual facts. Northern Ireland has evolved dramatically over the past two decades into a modern, thriving region. Far from being ...
  • Rethinking the College Mental Health Crisis: Do Bubble Wrap and Special Snowflake Myths Prevent a Vision for Needed Change? This is Part One of a three-part series about Mitigating the College Mental Health Crisis. Every generation has its’ own martyrdom anthems. Boomers (born 1945-1960): I had to walk ten miles in the snow to get to school. Generation X (born 1961-1980): I had to wait at the bus stop in the cold. Millennials (born 1981-1995): ...
  • Weekend Roundup: Disarming America’s Soft Power Presidential historian Daniel Franklin writes this week that U.S. President Donald Trump could be a once-in-an-era “reconstructive president” in the mold of Andrew Jackson, FDR and Ronald Reagan. Like those former leaders, says Franklin, he has upended the status quo by realigning partisan constituencies and departing entirely from the previous governing consensus, a shift that can ...
  • Pet Health Insurance If you consider your dog or cat to be a member of the family, you are not a pet owner — you are a “pet parent.” There’s a vast difference, according to Robert Jackson, CEO of HealthyPaws.com, a pet insurance provider. Jackson’s company, he says, provides health and accident insurance benefits to people who would “do ...
  • Open Arms And Open Doors I have a confession to make. For many years I have prided myself on how incredibly American I am. I have puffed my chest out and basked in the privilege of my whiteness. I have thought very highly of myself, my fortune to have once traced my family back to the Civil War, where many of ...
  • Killer Mike Spotlight – #BlackHistoryMonth Michael Render, better known as Killer Mike, is one half of the hip hop supergroup, Run The Jewels. The group took the world by storm when they released their debut self-titled album in 2013, and have had a stronghold on the scene ever since. But in addition to Killer Mike’s success in the music industry, ...
  • Personal Finance Checklist At Age 50 In a youth-oriented culture, it is easy to feel a little over the hill by the time you turn 50. When it comes to building wealth though, your 50s are the prime of your life – a period when you have a chance to emerge from debt, enjoy your peak earning years and start to ...
  • Women Startup Challenge Europe to Award €50K to Tech Startups How do we disrupt a tech culture that’s made it difficult for women entrepreneurs to access capital? The thing is, there are plenty of talented women out there, and we need to continue to put our money where our mouths are and actually fund startups led by women. Funding disparities for women-led tech startups is a ...
  • Athletes For Human Rights, Peace And Inclusion “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Statue of Liberty (Emma Lazarus, 1883) This inscription has long served as a welcoming call to the refugee seeking shelter. Many ...
  • Mostly Free Ideas For Celebrating Valentine’s Day Throughout The Year Valentine’s Day … I never truly understood it. As history would have it, loved ones exchange flowers and candies in the name of St. Valentine. It’s supposed to be this big day of romance. But, my philosophy is: when you love someone, you shouldn’t need a holiday to tell you to do nice things for ...
  • New Book, ‘Jack And Norman,’ Misses The Point On Prison Re-Entry On the morning after his release from prison on charges of forgery, manslaughter and bank robbery, Jack Abbott appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, joined by his much-publicized sponsor, author Norman Mailer. Guest host John Forsythe thrust a host of predictable questions at Abbott, whose prison essays, “In the Belly of the Beast,” ...
  • Perspective Is Everything Perspective is everything. A close friend of mine was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She started aggressive chemotherapy a week later and was told she would lose her hair within two weeks. Although she was obviously upset, she thought about an ex-colleague in her early thirties who had died suddenly of a heart attack a few ...
  • No Shortcuts For Yuja Wang, The World’s Greatest Living Pianist Yuja Wang was still an undergraduate at Curtis when she got the call: piano soloist Murray Perahia was under the weather. Could she jump on a plane to southern California and perform the next day with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields? She could, and she did. The pianist, barely 22, played with authority ...
  • 5 Reasons NOT To Buy a 4K TV – Yet LG’s wallpaper OLED at CES. Even though I’m an early adopter geek, I suffer a tech reporter’s reflexive professional interest in buying a 4K TV. Why anyone else would buy a 4K TV I find a puzzlement. What’s my 4K damage? Five reasons. 1. I’d need a BIG TV. To get the full benefits of 4K, I’d ...