Archive for July 2012

Team Bullied: Dear Daughter, I was Bullied

Team Bullied: Dear Daughter, I was Bullied
I’m publishing this piece to support the efforts of Carrie Goldman, author of the book Bullied and creator of Team Bullied, an online community where people can share their experiences and get support. Click here to participate. Dear Daughter, I was Bullied Dear Daughter, I’d like to tell you about an experience that changed my... Read more »

Chick-fil-A & Gays: Why a Boycott Won't Do a Lick of Good

Chick-fil-A & Gays: Why a Boycott Won't Do a Lick of Good
Yesterday I was among the first in my Facebook network to proudly share the Muppets image stating that the Jim Henson Company is severing its ties with Chick-fil-A because of President Dan Cathy’s comments against gay marriage. Within seconds, the likes starting popping up on my screen, and before long many of my friends (and... Read more »

When Grandparents Are Out of Touch, Literally.

When Grandparents Are Out of Touch, Literally.
My daughter’s grandparents came for a quick visit over the weekend. I don’t know what it’s like in your family, but for my daughter these little jaunts are the pint-sized version of backpacking through Europe: pure adventure, mayhem, and fun. Her schedule consists of swimming, shopping, schlepping, dancing, coloring, and singing, followed by a tiny bit... Read more »
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Best Advice EVER for CEO/Mom-to-Be Marissa Mayer

Best Advice EVER for CEO/Mom-to-Be Marissa Mayer
Hey Marissa, Congrats on the new gig at Yahoo and your pregnancy! I have to tell you, a lot people are saying you’re going to crack under the pressure of being the CEO of an ailing Fortune 500 company and a new mom. Haters. Follow my advice and you’ll be good to go. Pinky swear.... Read more »

Do Married Moms Make Single Women Feel Bad?

Do Married Moms Make Single Women Feel Bad?
This morning, I had my first face-to-face meeting with a marketing consultant who is quickly becoming a new friend. In the blink of an eye, as often happens with women, the conversation turned away from business and right to our personal lives. She’s not married and doesn’t have kids; I have both a husband and... Read more »

My High School Reunion & Why I Can't Go Back, Yet

My High School Reunion & Why I Can't Go Back, Yet
My high school reunion is this weekend and I’m not going. Sure, there’s a part of me that wants to see all of the old familiar faces, find out what everyone’s been up to (in a non-Fakebook-y sort of way) and feel proud, even if I never mention them, of my recent personal and professional... Read more »
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Posing Nude: A Sad Day For Female Athletes Everywhere, Courtesy of ESPN

Posing Nude: A Sad Day For Female Athletes Everywhere, Courtesy of ESPN
I typically don’t get into the Should Women Pose Nude debate because frankly, I’ve got better things to do than duke it out over whether nudity is exploitative, Americans are too puritanical, or I’m an oversensitive feminist. Plus, after you’ve pushed a baby out of your vagina in front of a bunch of strangers and... Read more »

How I Got Hooked: Confessions of a Celebrity Gawker

How I Got Hooked: Confessions of a Celebrity Gawker
I’ve heard it said (on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab, I should probably disclose) that the first step in the addiction recovery process is to admit you have problem. In my case at least, this seems to be a whole lot of bubkus. I have two addictions raging simultaneously these days, and admitting to either isn’t doing... Read more »

Chicago Crime Surges: Is It Time for Families to Leave?

Chicago Crime Surges: Is It Time for Families to Leave?
As I gaze out of my apartment window here in Chicago wondering where, and not when, the next random shooting will take place (23 last night alone), I can’t help but recall a quote by Martin Niemöller that graces the entrance to the Holocaust Museum in D.C. “First they came for the socialists, and I did not... Read more »
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Reigning in the Praise: The Case for Average

Reigning in the Praise: The Case for Average
Two days ago, my daughter and I went to the park with a ball the size of the ones we used to wing at each other during those dreaded games of dodge ball in junior high school. After kicking it around for a few minutes, we started an impromptu game of catch. Standing a few feet away... Read more »