This Progressive 1970s Kids Album Sounds Reactionary Now, But Should It?

Music important to your past has a way of finding your present. Feeling suddenly nostalgic recently, I told my daughters I’d play them one of my favorite childhood records. So, with Spotify’s help, I streamed “Free to Be…You and Me,” an album I haven’t heard in 30 years. The album came out in 1972 as a … Continue reading

Our Perpetual Political War Is Poisoning Us

Americans can now be divided into two camps: those who relish constant conflict and those who do their darnedest to avoid it. Some conflict is inevitable in any life, and it’s nothing new. But the perpetual state of war that’s overtaken our news, our politics, and even our entertainment certainly is unprecedented (at least within … Continue reading

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

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

The Pences’ Marriage Boundaries Make Sense in Today’s World

The Pences have taken marriage seriously since day one (twitter.com/GovPenceIN). The most fascinating thing about The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker’s now viral tweet about Vice President Mike Pence’s marriage has been the response. Last Wednesday, Parker tweeted, “Mike Pence never dines alone w a woman not his wife, nor does he attends events w alcohol, w/o her by … Continue reading

SNL Trashes Ivanka For Taking The High Road And Supporting Her Father

Liberals wish Ivanka more like Patti Davis, less like Chelsea Clinton (Politico.com). As women, never in history have we had more opportunities. We can be mothers, career women, or some combination of the two. We can personalize what it means to live our best lives (thanks, Oprah!) and expect to be respected for it. (Or at least, … Continue reading

We Shouldn’t Only Care About Anti-Semitism When Trump Is President

The scene at the JCC in Albany, New York, after a bomb threat was called in (Slate.com).   What a messed up world we live in. New York-based law enforcement has now identified Juan Thompson as the man allegedly responsible for eight of the 100-plus calls targeting Jewish institutions nationwide this year. Bravo, law enforcement. You’re doing … Continue reading

How To Protect Your Infant In A World Of Anti-Vaxxers

Keep your baby healthy and happy — vaccinate (Pinterest.com)! Anti-vaxxers represent only about 2 percent of American families, although you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re more numerous. They certainly make a lot of noise and have some world-famous adherents. However, like malaria-carrying mosquitoes, this tiny group that punches above its weight may be on the verge of … Continue reading

Anti-Semitism Mars The Olympic Spirit

Every two years, countries put aside petty differences to join hands and sing “Kumbaya” at the Olympics. Or, more accurately, we don’t. Notions of friendly competition between nations and “the Olympic spirit” are wonderful theory, but politics always seems to intrude. There are peoples who have had trouble getting along since forever. For example, Britain’s Independent reported … Continue reading