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Judd Apatow, Stop Fooling Yourself. You’re Conservative

Poor Judd Apatow. He’s apparently spent a lot of time reading self-help books in recent years. If only he had come to me earlier, I could have saved him so much time and money. Because after reading his interview with Vulture’s David Marchese, it’s quite clear to me: Apatow is a conservative, and I think … Continue reading

Yes, Motherhood Is A Privilege, But It’s Exactly The Opposite Of Selfish

Is there anything more tortured than our era’s relationship with motherhood? Exhibit A is an op-ed by novelist and publisher Karen Rinaldi in The New York Times’ most recent Sunday Review. While the piece meanders a bit, its central message is encapsulated by this one sentence: “Motherhood is not a sacrifice, but a privilege — … Continue reading

Play Hard. Work Maybe?

Donald Trump’s election as president focused national attention on the declining fortunes of many older American men. However, “Leisure Luxuries and the Labor Supply of Young Men,” a recent working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), indicates that the bottom’s also fallen out, economically-speaking, for young men without college degrees: Between … Continue reading

What Happens When Jews And Christians Throw An Israel Celebration Party

The Bible is filled with stories of miracles. But if there’s one major takeaway from the 2017 Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Summit, it’s that miracles still happen in our time, and it’s our job to notice and truly appreciate them. The 11-year-old CUFI, which now boasts 3.5 million members, recently gathered in Washington, DC, … Continue reading

11 Ways To Save The Planet Without Shrinking Your Family

Save the planet. Have the (grand)child who’ll solve all the tough problems (Boston.com).   NPR wants to save the planet, and in case a recent study was TL;DR for their tweeps, NPR summarized the findings. In their article, we learn there are reportedly four ways to go green most effectively: “By the numbers, any of these … Continue reading

Finally, There’s A Name For The Generation Between Gen X And Millennials

Oh, to finally feel understood! And get a little air time. I mean really, growing up, all I heard about were the Baby Boomers. Now all I hear about are millennials, millennials, millennials. Seriously. Jan Brady would understand. It’s as if no one else ever existed — especially no one between those two demographic bulge … Continue reading

Unless Feminism Doesn’t Support Women’s Choices, Charlotte York Is Not Anti-Feminist

Charlotte York deserves credit for her wisdom and persistence, in addition to exuding happiness (hbo.com).   Thank goodness I’m not a millennial. They can’t even watch “Sex and the City” and simply appreciate a witty ode to female friendship. No, instead binge-watching repeats of a Clinton- and Bush-era show must prompt an accounting of which … Continue reading

How American Parents Spend Their Time

Two-parent households have more time to spend reading and doing other activities with their children (WTOP.com).   Do you live to work, or work to live? Regardless of where their hearts are, many Americans spend more time with their colleagues each week than they do with their own families. Work sets the rhythm of our … Continue reading

In ‘4:44,’ Jay-Z Raps A Father’s Perspective On Infertility

             Pregnant Bey glows, surrounded by her family (thesun.co.uk). Did Jay cheat on Bey? He certainly seems to confirm “Lemonade’s” cheating allegations on his own new album, “4:44.” If that’s true, it’s a big deal for the couple and their marriage. But for the rest of us, Jay-Z’s rapping about … Continue reading

Looking For A Radical Solution To Bitter Politics? Teach Your Kids Manners

Some of those eighth graders enjoyed meeting the Speaker of the House (Instagram/@speakerryan).   What, exactly, are we teaching our kids? Having just started Sen. Ben Sasse’s new book on raising kids to be thoughtful citizens, this question has been on my mind. But seeing The Hill report that “nearly 100 eighth graders from New Jersey … Continue reading