Does Social Media Take Away Our Right to Be Forgotten?

There is a history podcast that I listen to mostly in my car. In addition to telling me little-known stories about famous rulers, the podcast also spins tales about lesser-known figures. Sometimes the details that are included astound me such as what the person ate, how he spent his free time and even the exact reasons for his death. (It seems there are a lot of historians and even forensic scientists who study past lives to figure out how people died.) ...more

Uploading history to the family cloud (Or, that didn't happen to you, honey)

My husband and I have been together for 17 years. And during that time, we've shared a wonderful son, a collection of amazing travel photos and a series of shared memories. We share those memories even when we don't mean to....more

Purim: Feminism, drunkenness, cookies

This piece originally appeared at Kim's Kitchen Sink (my blog).The wonderful Jewish holiday of Purim is on today! It's one of my favorites, so I thought I'd share a little bit about it. Big thanks to my girl Stephanie Nudelman out in NYC for being my "second pair of Jew eyes" to proofread this for typos and accuracy....more

Dr. Ruth - The Voice of Sex and Reason

She is known by celebrities, media personalities, dignitaries and medical professionals alike and continues to speak boldly and proudly about sex, even at the seasoned age of 85....more
What a great tribute to Dr. Ruth. It was good to read her history. She has made a real ...more

Sharing Your Past with Kids…Would You Do It?

Recently, I provided comment to a CNN story that followed up on President Barack Obama’s announcement of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. During the announcement, he stated that when he met the young men of the “Becoming a Man” program, he shared his story (including drug use) and admitted that he had made bad choices. The focus of the CNN story was would you share stories of your past with your children or others....more

The Sexual Health of the American Presidents

Image: rnike via Flickr We've heard stories about our country's leaders, both real and false. In our times, it's hard to consume news without running into some scandal or another. Like them or hate them, information about political leaders is always useful in getting a picture of that person in that place and time. So what can we learn about our presidents from their sexual health?...more

The Heart - A symbol of LOVE

The Heart Wants What The Heart WantsPosted on February 6, 2014 ...more


Majorette only had two memories of her grandfather, one was of a tea party with him when she was five, and the other was a very peculiar Thanksgiving dinner at the age of 8, shortly before he died.  Liem Pfanzig (pronounced “Pansy” upon entering the States), was not a particularly happy man, having escaped Germany several months before WWII ended.  There were many secrets behind his dark eyes – secrets that he went to his grave protecting.  Liem was Jewish, however, his desire to practice medicine had led him to bury his heritage, changed his name (for the first time), and ba...more

Standing On A Corner in Winslow, Arizona

♫ Standing On A Corner in Winslow, Arizona ♫Recognize those lyrics?It's, Take It Easy, by The Eagles.Don't worry, even though I've heard the song many times, it didn't hit me until I saw this:...more

MLK Day: How We Remember History

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Though many assume that the day our nation remembers him falls on his birthday, that isn't the case. He was born on January 15th. Which doesn't fall on a Monday every year, if you were wondering....more