The Fix Is In: Miss Universe 2016

To me there are three High Holy Days of Pageantry each year: Miss America is the apex (with a Holy Week to go along with it), then Miss Universe, and Miss USA. It’s no secret that my favorite part of Miss Universe are the national costumes. I actually missed them live this year because I […]

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Your silence will not protect you– no matter your age

When I was in high school I wore a pin on my winter coat that featured Audre Lorde’s quote, “Your silence will not protect you.” Yes, I was far more idealistic then and while I wouldn’t wear a button with a slogan on my coat these days, I find myself thinking of Elie Wiesel’s words […]

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Book Reviewing in Action: Friedman Fellows Brothers Celebration

I get to read and think about a lot of great (parenting) books. That also means I often get a lot of ideas about what to do– or not do, as the case may be!– with my boys.  When I reviewed Laura Markham’s latest, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings, for Brain, Child in the winter I […]

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Background Checks in Youth Sports: Not Just for Sexual Abuse

I’ve long been a strong proponent of background checks for all who work with kids— not just for sexual abuse (though, sadly, this still remains a very real issue as just this week Marvin Sharp, an Olympics-level gymnastics coach who had been arrested last month for sexual abuse of young girls was found dead in […]

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A Sweet New Set of Miss America Predictions

Today I arrived in Atlantic City for the 95th Annual Miss America Pageant. On the way down I caught up on some New Yorker reading. Last week’s issue had an article on Atlantic City, which somewhat tellingly does not mention Miss America (nor Monopoly for that matter). Nick Paumgarten’s “The Death and Life of Atlantic […]

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Pink Warrior Boy?

Today I faced one of my first true parenting dilemmas– and one of the first times my partner and I have disagreed on a decision. I signed my eldest son, Carston, up for town soccer where he will play on a U4 team. He needs cleats and shin guards for the first time so we […]

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Veronica Mars: The Girl Who Gets Me Through Post-Op Periods

10 years ago I discovered Veronica Mars. At the height of my obsession with Season 1 of the show, I was simultaneously recovering from major jaw surgery (which also necessitated another minor surgery after the crazy complication of a loose screw!) and studying for my General exams for my PhD in Sociology. That meant I […]

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How had I never before read The Blue Jay’s Dance?

Louise Erdrich’s The Blue Jay’s Dance is one of those books that it seems like I’ve always known about. And yet I’d never read it. When I received Daisy Florin’s lyrical, moving review of the book (published today at Brain, Child!) I knew I had to read it. Florin’s summary and the ways in which […]

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Jump! Bigger than the ropes

I can now say that thanks to a Lifetime reality show something I wrote is a little bit less true. The four-episode Jump! about a double dutch team in New Jersey showed me that jump-roping has more to do with teamwork than I previously thought. In Chapter 1 of Playing to Win I detail the […]

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A Life That’s Good/You’re So Beautiful: Thoughts on Empire and Nashville

I’ve never been a big live music person; in fact, I can probably count on my hands the number of concerts I have attended. That said I *love* musicals, which helps explain why I enjoy watching ABC’s Nashville and Fox’s Empire (though I was late to the game on this one and recently binge-watched the […]

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