Category Archive: life

America: stuck in the slow lane?

Car manufacturers spend millions each year on advertising, touting their latest models as they glide through glistening nighttime city streets and hug curvy mountain roads, but the reality for the American driver isn’t… Continue reading

on art and mangroves

If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning (first post was way back in November 2010, eons ago in internet time) you may recall that I have a thing for tiny houses.… Continue reading

medicating our children

I’m back from a very productive weekend in Nantucket, which I spent writing with an informal group of women, all of whom were working on various projects: a psychiatrist, a psychologist, an ob/gyn,… Continue reading

what’s in a major? liberal arts vs. engineering

Happy Monday! The start of another work-week has me thinking about what gets us employed in jobs we actually like (and maybe even love): our education. Our course of study, and the degrees… Continue reading

what would Japan do?

Japan’s disaster puts everything in perspective, doesn’t it? In spite of incredible hardships and overwhelming loss, the Japanese people have kept their collective cultural spirit intact, even days after the disaster, and even… Continue reading

Mike Huckabee & single moms

To Mike Huckabee and your fellow hypocritical brethren: you’ve really gone and done it this time. You’ve taken trolling for birther votes to a new low. In case you were trapped under a… Continue reading

Italy, no country for women

Italy is one of my favorite places on earth, but not because of the way it treats women. In the late 1980s I spent my days as a student studying in Florence armed… Continue reading

Egypt, Mother of the World

Throughout the Middle East, Egypt is known as “The Mother of the World”: the 6,500-year-old-and-counting birthplace of modern civilization and culture. Throughout Egypt, and across the Middle East, women—the mothers of the world—are… Continue reading

The creative habit: use it or lose it

I made one of my crazy 24-hour whirlwind visits to NYC last weekend. Among other things (some of which I’ll probably write about here, eventually), my friends and I went to the Body… Continue reading

it’s looking biblical out there

Earth to naysayers: climate change is already well underway. We’re well past the “drill baby drill” denial stage. Instead we need to figure out how to best adapt to what’s next. As far… Continue reading