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Not Only Does Banning Straws Not Help The Environment Much, It Hurts Disabled People

Last June, an organization I’ve been affiliated with for a long time — since high school, in fact — held its semi-annual meeting. Allowed a guest, I invited a retiree I know to join me and my then-infant daughter. Everywhere I walked in the hotel ballroom that day, fellow members greeted me warmly and cooed … Continue reading

6 Reasons Millennials Should Stop And Embrace Parenthood

Americans love babies. At least, we do in theory. It’s just not clear we all enjoy raising flesh and blood miniature humans anymore. Last Friday, Pew Research released the results of a June survey showing that “41 percent of U.S. adults think that families of three or more children is ideal. . . . the … Continue reading

What College Students Say About Their Campuses When They’re Allowed To Be Honest

As far back as 1965, George Harrison urged his listeners, “Think for yourself.” That was good, countercultural advice at the time, and it seems it still is. But the counterculture has since shifted right, especially on college campuses. In the wake of the American Civil Liberties Union’s disappointing decision to embrace free speech relativism, I … Continue reading

Attacks On Public Officials Will Make Only The Worst Want Those Jobs

As we look back over an emotionally charged week that finally saw the president reverse a heartbreaking policy to separate young children from their parents at the Southern border, I feel like I still need to catch my breath. Since the policy has already been discussed at length, I’d like to turn my attention to … Continue reading

7 Strategies For Building Relationships Outside Your Political Tribe

A recent survey of Dartmouth’s undergraduates found that Democrat students are more likely not to befriend another student because of their political views: “55 percent of Democratic respondents said opposite political views would make them less likely to befriend another student, compared to 21 percent of Independents and 12 percent of Republicans,” the survey found. … Continue reading

Why Millennials Should Rethink Slow Love

Every generation thinks they know better than their parents. Of course, even as a Xennial, who’s just barely older than the oldest Millennials, I often marvel at how differently they view the world than the rest of us. Case in point: what anthropologist Helen Fisher calls Millennials’ “fast sex, slow love.” Thanks to cultural shifts … Continue reading

‘The Cat In The Hat’? We’re Too PC To Publish That

My three-year-old recently noticed “The Cat in the Hat” on her bookshelf, a book my parents saved from my own twentieth-century childhood, which I don’t think I’ve read since I was my daughter’s age. It has appealing rhymes and a story my daughter liked. (The cat is very mischievous!) But reading the book as a … Continue reading

Comedy’s Unfunny Ladies Are Making Nasty People Of Us All. We Can Do Better

Growing up in New York, we knew how to quickly shut down crazy comments: “If everyone else were jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it too?” we would disapprovingly ask whenever another kid proposed doing something foolish or morally questionable. It’s an apt question and one that I’d like to put to many … Continue reading

Why I’m Conflicted About Drew Barrymore’s Working Mom Comments

Is there any Hollywood star more likable than Drew Barrymore? I’ve long been a fan, so I was interested to read about her widely applauded mothering post. But when I read that Instagram post, “Olive has a working mother,” I found myself having rather mixed feelings — not the non-stop feel-good reaction I was expecting. … Continue reading

Marco Rubio’s radical but wise proposal: Make Daylight Savings Time permanent

Marco Rubio is bringing the sunshine. Last week, he introduced two bills in the U.S. Senate, one to make Daylight Savings Time permanent nationwide, and a second to approve the Florida legislature’s move to do the same within the Sunshine State’s borders. Having just survived another round of groggy mornings after the switch to DST, … Continue reading