America's Love-Hate Relationship With Mothers

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on June 2, 2014. Newsflash to future moms: “We” are not pregnant. Unless your husband or partner is expecting to receive a complimentary uterus at your next ultrasound appointment, you, Oh Pregnant One, are the one with child. You’ll have the stretch marks and the splayed pelvis to prove it. Don’t let anyone take that away from you. Repeat after me: “I am pregnant. We are having a baby.”...more

My Trip to the DMZ

This article was first published in The Huffington Post on June 13, 2013Everyone line up single file in two lines. Good. Now turn to your left. You're facing north. Are you ready? You only have a few minutes. Set? Good. Now take your pictures. ...more

Ted Kennedy, Why Did You Have to Die?

This article was first published on The Huffington Post on May 29, 2013 as "The Affordable Care Act Accident"Those who support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") see it as a landmark victory for Democrats in their pursuit to provide more equitable health care to all Americans. I see it as an accident that happened because Ted Kennedy died....more

So Long, Pro-choice. Call Me Pro-faith.

As posted to the Huffington Post on May 7, 2013:Whoever came up with the term "Pro-Life" is a marketing genius. It's a phrase of positivity and affirmation for something universal: life. It lays claim to all that is good, and by doing so casts any dissenters in the shadow of death. Literally. Because if you're not Pro-Life, then axiomatically, you're Pro-Death....more

Thank You, Beirut. Your Friend, Dubai.

This editorial first appeared in the Huffington Post on April 24, 2013Before I left for my trip to Lebanon this December, my 84-year-old neighbor told me about the fantastic nightlife in Beirut. She had visited the city after World War II, while her husband was stationed in Europe. She told me about Beirut's unique blend of European sophistication and liberal leanings in an Arab milieu. Just about 150 miles from Cyprus on the Mediterranean, Beirut served as a gateway to the Middle East....more

War and Peace Fruitcake

There was a spot, down in the basement, in an alcove right off the laundry room, on a shelf next to some boxed holiday dishes and linens.  That’s where the fruitcake would go.The smell was unforgettable: spicy, sweet, savory – and boozy.  As a kid, I was afraid of it.  My father would labor over this culinary enterprise every October.  After he baked it, the fruitcake would be stowed away in a ceramic container, soaking in a bath of brandy and Champagne for two months. ...more

The McBrownie: I'm Lovin' It

“There is no harm in repeating a good thing.”-- PlatoWell, Plato never got to see the cinematic classics Super Size Me or Reefer Madness.For the un-ordained, Super Size Me is an award-winning documentary chronicling one man’s 30-day consumption of food and beverage, sourced strictly from McDonald’s.  Not surprisingly, he gains weight, becomes irritable, and loses his libido.  He throws up a lot.  The conclusion: McDonald’s is the anti-Christ of food....more

Employee Based Healthcare: An Obsolete Entitlement

Advocacy for universal healthcare in America has stirred up the debate over the government’s role in society. Should the government require that all Americans are medically insured? If so, those who cannot afford it will get their insurance paid by the government. It won’t take long for the collective chorus to start chanting, “Entitlement!”...more

What Americans Can Learn from How Catholics Think

In November of 2011, Catholic church-goers had to pay a little more attention at Mass. The Liturgy of the Catholic Missal had been modified for the first time in forty years. A new Latin-based translation refined selected phrases, notably the switch from, “And also with You,” to, “And with Your Spirit.” Parishioners stumbled. Placards were referenced. Changes were accepted....more

The Pill: Ironic Reliance on a Non-Feminist Drug

The Pill: No other drug has the audacity to co-opt a generic word all for itself.Pfizer, the nation’s largest pharmaceutical company, lists over 215 products on its website. Yet the Pill’s notoriety as a female contraception drug is so ingrained in the American consciousness, no other descriptors are necessary. Too bad for that also-ran helper Viagra; the erectile dysfunction drug needs the modifiers “little” and “blue” to distinguish it from the Pill. Oh, the irony....more