Saudi Women Fight for Right to Move Freely, Right to Vote

When I was a youth growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I couldn't wait to get my driver's license. I turned 16, then impatiently waited another month to complete my driver's ed course. When I had my license in my hand, it was like holding a tiny piece of freedom. I could go to the movies or the bowling alley or to see my favorite musical (Co-Ed Prison Sluts, which incidentally is so good that it is Chicago's longest running musical), whenever I wanted to. Not that I had a car, but my parents generously let me use theirs. ...more

I got a speeding ticket the same week the Saudi women were showing their great courage. It ... more

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Huma, Don't Be a "Pakistani Good Wife"

Editor's note: After this post was published, the New York Times reported that Huma Abedin is pregnant. More updates below. Now that we’ve all stopped laughing about Weinergate, inquiring minds want to know: what will happen between Rep. Anthony Weiner and his wife? In case you haven’t heard, his missus is, as CNN reports, Not a Typical Congressional Wife, but Huma Abedin, a 30-something Pakistani-Indian American and chief aide to Hillary Clinton....more

At least she wasn't standing next to him, fighting tears, looking humiliated, smiling tragically ... more

Boomers as Burdens

Boomer bashing, always a fun activity for some, could become an extreme sport this year now that the generation has officially hit Medicare age. Instead of just going after boomers as self important bores the trend is to paint boomers as burdens. ...more

My husband and I have always worked in the newspaper biz, not one of your most highly paid ... more

Boomers as Burdens

Boomer bashing, always a fun activity for some, could become an extreme sport this year now that the generation has officially hit Medicare age. Instead of just going after boomers as self important bores the trend is to paint boomers as burdens. ...more

I agree, Marileigh. If society wants boomers to hang in there until an older age, it will take ... more

Bloggers' Reactions to the Tragedy in Tucson

The shootings in Tucson on January 8 have left some of us speechless. Others, however, have used their blog space to talk about violent rhetoric, mental health, health care, community support, helping others understand and the general feeling of sadness and shock. We've been keeping an ear to the blogosphere to see what some of you are saying. ...more

Early this week a friend and I went to San Francisco to the deYoung Museum to stand and marvel ... more

Buying an E-Reader? Some Things You Need to Consider First

If you are considering buying yourself or someone you love an e-book reader, I'm sure you've seen articles that declare that one e-reader is better than another. The truth is that none of the e-readers that those articles are talking about are bad, it's just that some e-book readers are a better fit for some people. When you set out to purchase an e-reader you need to ask yourself lots of questions so you can figure out what kind of e-book reader you are before you buy. I'm not going to tell you which e-reader you should buy, but I'm going to tell you what you need to think about before you buy it. ...more

great consumer info. But what device is the best for someone with a vision issue? I'm still ... more

Women Voter Mumbo Jumbo or Just the Prevailing Wind?

Year of the woman? Bah. Maybe we had more run, but we lost seats overall. And Sarah Palin doesn't seem to be helping things. Most of the women she backed lost. What about women voters, who were so important in 2008? Let's get one thing straight: women are swingers. That's what the numbers say, anyway. And women swung right. ...more

I like what you are saying about the need for experienced, thoughtful women to run. Here in my ... more

Thoughts on My Newly Retired Social Security Blanket

I see that we won’t get a cost of living raise from Social Security for the second year in a row. I say “we” because I started taking Social Security when I retired from my newspaper job at age 64. It was a good time to take an early out. Downsizing had begun. I opted to not wait until 66 to get the full Social Security amount because, frankly, I wanted in the system. I didn’t want to wait and have the government say, "Oops, too late. You’re out. Rule change.” ...more

I've heard many stories like yours fabGram (great name by the way)to ever think of SS as an ... more

Why the Anti-Aging Industry is an Assault on Womens' Well-Being

Gaea Yudron Sage's Play Exploring creative aging, wellness and spirit www.sagesplay.comIn 2002, three scientists published an article in Scientific American noting that "no currently marketed intervention has yet been proved to slow, stop or reverse human aging." But that doesn't stop millions of people from buying expensive anti-aging creams, utilizing various forms of cosmetic surgery, and generally doing everything they can to stave off any evidence that they are in fact growing older by the minute. Playing on everyone's fear of looking older is worth a lot of money-- the world's anti-aging industry has grown to $115 billion. ...more

I had tea with a friend who is starting radiation for breast cancer. She showed me her knitted ... more