Lines to Add to my Son’s Baby Resume: Infant Scientist and TV Star


Is there anything worse than a Harvard stage mother? No, there is not. When I was an undergraduate and saw all the babies going to do experiments in William James Hall, I vowed that someday my kids would do the same. But in the haze of postpartum life I forgot my promise to myself. Until […]


Shrinking and Pinking: Shifting Sports

Lolo Jones competing in bobseld, Martin Meissner AP

New shifts in sport have been all over the news lately. Danica Patrick is the first woman to shift into the pole position (the top qualifier) at the Daytona 500. And while the International Olympic Committee’s unexpected and shocking decision to drop wrestling from the summer Games impacts more men than women, it’s telling that […]


The Sociology of the Teen Mom Series (in the Media)

Teen Mom logo

MTV’s Teen Mom juggernaut (which includes Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, along with the 16 & Pregnant series that inspired the follow-ups) is a treasure trove for sociologists. It often shows the inter-generational transmission of poverty (particularly powerful you see it unfold before you); linked to this is much about education, health, technology, and […]


The Reading Room (PAW Review of How We Forgot the Cold War)

How We Forgot the Cold War cover

Reading is absolutely my favorite activity. I like it more than shopping in fact (though obviously shopping FOR books or book-related items [including clothes] is the ideal blend…)! So it’s always wonderful when I get to write about reading. I really enjoyed working on this piece for PAW (Princeton Alumni Weekly– I always love seeing […]


Pint-Sized Phenoms: The Bonus Edition of Extraordinary 9-Year-Olds

2012 Sportskids of the Year

Last week it was the teens, but this week it’s a group of nine-year-olds who are so special they had to get their own post. Their varied interests show how kids can find a passion and love in many different areas. 1) Quvenzhané Wallis- Wallis is the youngest nominee for Best Actress at the Academy […]


Pint-Sized Teen Athlete Phenoms

Emery Lehman by J.Geil

When I was 16 I was thinking about college, driving, and my AP exams. The 16- and 17-year-olds I describe below seem similar– but they are also thinking about medals, championships, and endorsement deals. Tennis is used to having young phenoms, though there has been a bit of a decline in recent years.  But an […]


The High Holy Week of Pageantry: Miss America 2013, No There She Is

Miss America 2013

If you follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook you know that I was scratching my head when Mallory Hagan was announced the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant. I felt that I knew so little about her that after she was crowned I actually had to look up her platform in the program book […]


The High Holy Week of Pageantry: Miss America 2013, Press and Predictions

Miss Puerto Rico in Swimsuit on crutches!

The time comes round every year: Miss America week! Tomorrow is the live broadcast and as usual I’m excited (but this year should be especially interesting with a 20/20 feature on the pageant starting at 8 pm). The 2013 Pageant will be a little different for me than last year’s– a time when I thought […]


Blogging and Reading in 2013!

Reading in 2013

Like my friend and writing buddy Rebecca Sullivan (whose blog June Carol Clair I love)–and inspired by another by writer friend, Nina Badzin–this year I’m going with an unconventional New Year’s resolution. I’m going to keep track of all the books I read in 2013 on my blog and include, like Nina, “pithy” reviews. I […]


Bikini Babes: Olympic Gold and Pageant Bling

Miss Mexico 2012

Last week some pageant bling helped me get into the holiday spirit. Take a look at these amazing/atrocious gowns from the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant and tell me they don’t make you think of a) A Christmas Tree and b) A Mrs. Claus outfit gone wrong. (Well, actually only if Mrs. Claus was a part-time […]