Category Archives: Musings & Rants: Life, Parenting, Relationships

Thoughts on Love and Partnership for Two College-Age Daughters

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A mom, on her 25th anniversary, offers her daughters some scraps of advice. September 1, 2016: I’m sitting at the dining room table wrapped in a too-big fleece that was hanging on my hook in the hall, one that belongs … Continue reading

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Hey Young Women – Think Twice about Changing Your Name

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Imagine a female presidential candidate whose name reminds people of her independent existence rather than her marital status. Much of America appears to think that Bill Clinton is up for a third term—that Hillary in the Oval Office is really a … Continue reading

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What My Kids Learned about Economics from Soccer

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  We all get told that capitalism is dog eat dog.  But competition takes teamwork, and kids can learn a lot about economics from sports. So can adults. What if we actually applied what we learned on the soccer field about rules, cheaters, sportsmanship, and … Continue reading

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Is the Hijab a Symbol of Diversity or a Symbol of Oppression?

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Coca-Cola’s America the Beautiful ad on Super Bowl Sunday aimed to be a celebration of diversity, showcasing the many ethnicities that make up our modern social fabric. Right wing pundits jumped on the ad as a symbol that White Christian … Continue reading

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An Atheist Photographer Takes a Trip that Changes His Life

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When freelance photographer Chris Johnson climbed into the passenger seat of a borrowed Honda Civic and set off with his brother Peter to see the Southwest, he thought he was in for a journey of at most a few thousand … Continue reading

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London’s “Atheist Church” Goes All Out to Celebrate Its First Holiday Season

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Last January, a small Sunday morning gathering in London dubbed “atheist church” by the local press went viral globally. Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones, two British comedians, had organized the event in a decommissioned Anglican church. They called it “Sunday … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Message from Toys R Us: Skip the Thanks-giving

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In the past few weeks, America’s biggest purveyor of pink plastic has unveiled their plan for the 2013 holiday season. In the process they probably revealed more than they intended to. What Toys R Us exposed was a cynical willingness to … Continue reading

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