Bundle of Contradictions

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MARCH 29, 2012 4:23PM

An open letter to people on the fence about Obamacare

Dear healthy people,

It’s great that you’re deriving intellectual pleasure from debating Obamacare. I love that this theoretical dance you’re engaged in has no repercussions to you, a healthy individual. I would love to join you some evening for a spirited discussion on the pros andRead full post »
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MARCH 15, 2012 1:41PM

Why Women are Leaving the Workforce

The Nation recently ran a story about how women, faced with unequal pay, are opting out of the workforce in increasing numbers. They report that between 1993 and 2006, the amount of college-educated women in the workforce declined .1 percent a year. By 2008, the workforce had 1.64 million less colleg/Read full post »
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FEBRUARY 27, 2012 2:18PM

Watching a Friend Win an Oscar

Oscar ready!

Oscar ready! 
It’s been years since I sat down and watched the whole Oscars. With a two-year-old, it’s hard to get out to the movies these days, much less afford a ticket on a one-income-household’s salary. All the pomp and glamour has seemed very much removed frRead full post »
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JANUARY 12, 2012 12:20PM

The Great Recession: Now It's Personal

As a good humanist, Judeo-Christian-leaning liberal, I was raised to protect and defend the poor--an instinct so ingrained I have voted and given every year of my adult life from the compass of my bleeding heart. Even growing up under the poverty line, I still had it drilled into me that… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 9, 2011 11:40AM

Aural History

I’ve been giving some thought lately to what music I should expose my toddler to. There’s a lot of pressure involved. One false move and she could end up a huge Gwar fan. Or god forbid, Ke$ha. I’m not one of those rabid “Play Mozart to your baby or they’llRead full post »
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JULY 11, 2011 4:39PM

Life After Harry Potter?

July 15 marks the end of an era--a nerdy 14-year epoch I like to call the Harry Potter years. This Friday, the final Harry Potter movie will hit the screens and leave all of us Potterites with little lightning bolt-shaped holes in our hearts. There will be no more books; noRead full post »
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MARCH 11, 2011 3:33PM

Hunger Games

This is Part II in a series. For Part I click here 
By high school, “Monstro: The Largest Refrigerator in the World” was consistently stocked with a strange assortment of consumables and I went elsewhere in my quest for nourishment. Left to my own devices after school,Read full post »
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MARCH 10, 2011 12:53PM

How I Failed at Anorexia

Sometime in junior high I found a copy of “The Best Little Girl in the World,” and I was never the same. This truly awful book, written in the late 70s, follows the inner life of one Francesca Dietrich, as she falls down the rabbit hole of anorexia. I wasRead full post »
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MARCH 3, 2011 1:28PM

Bingeing, Knockers, and Theft

This is Part II in a series. For Part I, click here
I was in the grocery store with my mother when it happened. Like most kids, I spent much of this shopping trip begging for sugary foods with brightly colored labels. “Can I have the fruityRead full post »
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MARCH 2, 2011 3:20PM

Binge Eating Before I Could Drive

I was four or five when I first decided I was fat. I’ll end the suspense now and assure you that I was not fat. I wasn’t even chubby. I was what mothers everywhere like to cringe-inducingly describe as “curvy.” Like a little J-Lo in terry cloth shorts and cookieRead full post »