My Husband Isn't the Type of Father I Thought He Would Be

I woke up to the sound of someone calling my name. "Brittany, wake up. Wake up, the baby is crying." I blink my eyes, and glance at the clock. It is 2:00am. My husband stands over me and nudging my arm. The words suddenly resonate, as I hear the cries of our toddler in her room down the hall. I drag my body from bed and go to take care of her. Just Like I always do. Just like I have always done. ...more
I'm 57 years old, I've raised two children and feel I have the wisdom and perspective to give ... more

How to Fall in Love With Your Life Again

A friend recently shared her favorite advice for keeping her marriage strong. Her method doesn’t involve sexting or Kegels or kinky sex positions. Instead, whenever she’s feeling disillusioned in her marriage, she literally walks outside of her home and looks in the window at her husband, as if she’s getting a glimpse of a stranger’s life.While I suspect she’s a wannabe voyeur, she swears this technique helps her fall in love with her husband again....more
First marriage advice that actually makes sense (at least to me), and I've been married for ... more

Planning Your Small, Sophisticated Holiday Dinner Party

The holidays can be overwhelming with shopping, hand-writing holiday cards, making travel arrangements and seeing folks. Instead of picking that one date in December, smack in the middle of craziness, to host a holiday bash, why not throw a few smaller gatherings during the season?...more
I'm totally in sync with you.  I throw very similar  dinner parties. The only suggestion I would ... more

Which of the New Winter Movies Do You Want to See?

If you love movies, we are now entering the best time of year for visiting the silver screen. Many of the studios release their blockbusters and potential award winners at the end of the year. They are hoping the voters for Golden Globes and the Oscars will take notice of their efforts if they release closer to the time of the ceremonies....more
Thanks, Jane.  Now I don't have to bother reading the Holiday Movie supplement in the NY and LA ... more

What's Your Favorite Comfort Food?

One cannot live on grilled veggies alone: This week, we want to know about your favorite comfort foods. Tell us which are your favorites on this week's opinion poll!...more
Pasta!   Prepared any number of ways depending on my mood, and always if it includes pancetta. more

What Are You Thinking About Politics as We Approach Super Tuesday?

The presidential primary season has been particularly contentious in 2012, with many issues that are polarizing for women. Birth control, separation of church and state and even (astonishingly) the relative merits of higher education have become hot topics of conversation among the GOP candidates, the current administration and women online. It's the latter that we want to understand, so we're going straight to the experts in our latest opinion poll. ...more
One result of the current Republican "war on women" has been a call to arms, mobilizing women, ... more

Celebrity Baby Names: Which Ones Are The Craziest?

It's official. The rich and famous really are different from you and me. They fly on private jets. They send their kids to preschools that cost more than Harvard.  And when they have a baby, they will call the lucky offspring something that sounds more like a Kentucky Derby winner than an actual human baby name.Photo by Gary Calton/eyevine/ZUMA Press...more
Moxie Crimeflighter, daughter of comedian Penn Jillette. more

Celebrity Baby Names: Which Ones Are The Craziest?

It's official. The rich and famous really are different from you and me. They fly on private jets. They send their kids to preschools that cost more than Harvard.  And when they have a baby, they will call the lucky offspring something that sounds more like a Kentucky Derby winner than an actual human baby name.Photo by Gary Calton/eyevine/ZUMA Press...more
Moxie Crimefighter (daugter of comedian Penn Jillette). more

What Are You Doing for the Holidays this Year?

Do you love the December holiday season? Even though it can be chaotic and stressful, I still embrace the traditions and rituals that I grew up with. We enjoy decorating the house, hanging ornaments on the tree, and (can you hear that thundering herd of dinosaurs?...) sending paper cards by snail mail....more
I'm so lucky! My closest family and friends (a small group) will be coming to my house on ... more

What Is Your Favorite Holiday Food?

Think back to your earliest childhood holiday memories.  Chances are excellent that some sort of delicious dinner or dish is associated with the event.  I come from a large family and my mom always used to make 6 or 7 pies for Thanksgiving.  For me, the holidays are all about the smell of cinnamon and pies bubbling in the oven....more
I'm partial to potato side dishes for Thanksgiving but my family and friends rave about two ... more