Monthly Archives: January 2010

Dogs vs. kids . . . discuss

John Homans’ essay, “A dog is not a human being, right?” in this week’s New York magazine got me reminiscing over the well-loved dogs in my life  – especially the one that’s currently living in my mother-in-law’s backyard in Southern … Continue reading

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Dr. Andrew Wakefield's MMR studies are unethical

The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism acted unethically, the official medical regulator has found. via BBC News – MMR scare doctor ‘acted unethically’, panel finds. Wakefield’s studies have been discredited repeatedly, but the anti-vax … Continue reading

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Why I don't care if the WHO exaggerated the H1N1 threat

Yesterday TIME asked if the World Health Organization raised a false alarm about the swine flu. Most of the scolding came from representatives of affluent nation’s that wound up with a surplus of the vaccine, proving a financial loss for … Continue reading

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Too young for Facebook?

A seventh-grader at a suburban Syracuse middle school has been suspended for setting up a Facebook page that officials say hosted a barrage of libelous, obscene and inappropriate postings about a teacher. Roxboro Road Middle School principal Steve Wolf says … Continue reading

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Nobody wants to be the 'wife'

I’m a big fan of Sandra Tsing Loh and her rant-a-rific works. I was especially inspired and adjusted my way of thinking about scary urban public schools after laughing out loud all the way through Mother on Fire.  Yesterday’s op-ed … Continue reading

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Getting over the hump: Q&A on parents and sex with Justine Roddick

There are a lot of jokes about the lack of sex once you tie the knot. As a married mom to two I don’t happen to think those jokes are very funny. Neither does Justine Roddick, daughter of The Body … Continue reading

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Edwards is 'most disappointing' father ever

To anyone with just a smidgen of cynicism in  their veins, it’s not news that John Edwards is the father of Rielle Hunter’s baby. But Edwards went ahead and made it official by releasing a statement to NBC today. “I … Continue reading

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Kids can't get enough of the interwebs

The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. via If … Continue reading

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The glamor of the teen pregnancy pact

Remember those seventeen (17!) teen pregnancies at a high school in Gloucester, Massachusetts that became even more shocking when it seemed the girls involved all purposefully tried to get pregnant at the same time? The story ignited a pro-sex ed … Continue reading

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Single mom goes AWOL due to lack of childcare

So I was kicking back with Kathie Lee & Hoda this morning and catching up on the, ahem, important issues of the day when the duo gave about twenty seconds to the story of Army mom, Alexis Hutchinson who is … Continue reading

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