What does “character” mean anyway? Amy Bloom has some thoughts.

Too many public apologies lately. Too many explanations and excuses, and many of them include some variation on this theme: “I wasn’t acting like myself. That was out of character for me....more

About Martha Coakley

by Diane Vacca Attention, all candidates and wannabees: Learn a valuable lesson from Martha Coakley.If you want to win, don’t take anything for granted. Fight as if your political life depends on it, because it does....more

Poll: Will You Pay to Read the New York Times Online, Facebook, or Twitter?

The New York Times announced today that it will start charging for online news in 2011. The "metered model" will allow viewers to see "a certain number of articles free every month before being asked to pay a flat fee for unlimited access." ...more

No, I wouldn't pay! For online content? Heck, no. I love the ease of online news, but not ...more

Message to Harry Reid: Dude, "Negro" is So 1960s

By now, everyone has probably heard of the Harry Reid and Rod Blagojevich outbursts about society's punching bag ... black folks. In case you haven't been paying attention (which in some ways, is quite sad): In a new book, Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, Reid is quoted as saying that the  believed Obama could become the country's first black president because he was "light-skinned" and had "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." ...more

Coakley vs. Brown in Massachusetts: How Did We Get Here?

A conservative Republican (didn’t want to give rape victims access to emergency contraception, questions whether global warming is man-made; called a local gay family with children “not normal”) in Massachusetts is threatening to win the seat that the late Senator Ted Kennedy, “the Liberal Lion” of the Senate, inhabited so powerfully until he died....more



Another good reason to keep newspapers alive - for the sales circulars

I spend hours online but I’m still a newspaper junkie.  Online shopping lets me research anything I’m thinking about buying.  And then there are all the juicy comments which are often called "reviews."  Ha!   I start off examining customers’ comments and then I stop at a review where someone is telling a harrowing story about exactly what happened the night they brought their new mattress home. Sagging!  Sides collapsing!  Back pain! Co-sleepers sniping at each other in the morning! ...more

I hate shopping. I'm thrifty and don't really want to buy anything - ever. But I do like sale ...more

Sarah Palin Takes On Fox

Sometimes NOT winning an election is the real path to victory. Al Gore, for example, translated his narrow, court-ordered loss to George W. Bush into a successful career as Captain Planet's alter ego. Sarah Palin, Vice Presidential nominee on the failed McCain presidential bid, is trading policy debates for speaking engagements and a brand spanking new career as a television pundit. ...more

What Jill said.


aka Joanne ...more

Dear Mr. Harry Reid...

Dear Mr. Reid,The comments you made were despicable and dishonorable.  To refer to Mr. Obama as having a better chance of winning the election, because he could basically stop sounding "Negro" at will is simply unbelievable. ...more

I'm back

I wear a lot of hats like most of the women I know. But when my son was born last year my first time mom hat took over and blogging took a back seat. I feared spending too much time online because of the possibility of missing those beautiful moments off.  But after some time, I began to miss it.  I missed weighing in on the issues that are important to me and those that are simply matters of frivolity. And really, I came to see being a mom as manageable and not the  big scary world everyone had been warning me it was....more