Conversations

Today, I decided to tell Jake, who was home sick from school, what life was like in the distant past when mommy was eight years old. Me: Televisions only had thirteen channels. There was no remote. You had to get off the couch and change the channel. Jake: That’s horrible. Me: And if you called someone ...Read more.

Housing and Babies

Apparently McMansions can inspire more than just lust for a new home. Demographers are now speculating that the formerly gangbusters housing market was the cause of the baby boom of 2006, the first year in more than three decades that the United States birth rate reached population replacement levels. The argument goes something like this: When housing is hard ...Read more.

In Case Anyone Is Wondering

Now that John Edwards has withdrawn from the race for President, I’m planning on voting for Barack Obama....Read more.

Let’s Stop Scaring Women

No more coffee or diet soda during pregnancy: Too much caffeine during pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage, a new study says, and the authors suggest that pregnant women may want to reduce their intake or cut it out entirely. I’m sorry, but this old saw has been around for years, and I don’t believe ...Read more.

Mistakes I Won’t Make Again In This Lifetime, Part I

Never, ever tell a child you think the school district will call a snow day till you receive a confirming email. It wasn’t pretty....Read more.

California Dreamin’

It was 65 and sunny today in New York. Driving in my car with the windows down, I suffered from geographic dislocation. I kept thinking I was driving east down Beverly Blvd, toward La Brea. But then I would look up and see the Hudson River and the Palisades, not the snow capped hills surrounding the L.A. basin. ...Read more.

The Latest in Outsourcing

The latest trend is outsourcing is in wombs.   That’s right. Baby brokers are matching up would-be first world parents with Indian women desperate to earn enough money to raise their families out of poverty. A full-on parenting package, which includes everything from the cost of in-vitro fertilization to the paying the birth mother what ...Read more.

A Belated Christmas Tale

I confess to utter bafflement when it comes to the emergence of Joni Mitchell’s wonderfully depressing song “River” as a Christmas standard. So I enjoyed reading this article in TNR about how it all came about. Of course, I am probably not one to talk. A few weeks ago, my older son asked me to ...Read more.

Enough

Can we all agree to leave this poor woman alone already? It’s enough....Read more.

On Iowa and elections

At a dinner last winter with my writing partner and her husband, I said that when it came to the next presidential election I would bet on an African American man over a woman any day. Needless to say, I stand by my prediction....Read more.