Jealousy: Uglier Than I Ever Imagined

Years ago I remember getting into my car in a parking garage and being stopped by an angry lady. She wanted to know if I had already paid my parking fee. (It was one of those parking garages where you pay the ticket at a machine and then feed the ticket into the turnstile on the […]

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January 26th, 2013 by Wanda

Gun Control: Weighing In

People like to argue that when we lobby for gun control, we are throwing out the baby with the bath water, that people kill, not guns. Because we are a nation focused on particular individual rights to the exclusion others, we make this argument. I lived in Europe for quite a few years, and there were […]

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January 10th, 2013 by Wanda

Menstruation: Why We Should Mark the Day

  While some cultures have always noted a child’s  passage into adulthood through ritual (for example, through a Bat Mitzvah, Quincianera, or Naihes), unfortunately, many American girls make that transition with silence, or worse yet, shame. Girls are told by parents to hide even the wrappers of feminine hygiene products, because “no one wants to know you are […]

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January 8th, 2013 by Wanda

Strong Bodies, Beautiful Bodies, Plastic Bodies?

In the new year, the self-improvement industry kicks into high gear. This year, I am going to be thinner and take better care of my skin. I will be irresistible. My best me ever. At least, that is the mantra so many women are repeating this January and not dissimilar to the lines I use to […]

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January 4th, 2013 by Wanda

Fly Balls and New Year’s Resolutions

When I was in 7th grade, my dad taught me how to track down a fly ball, especially a pop-up that looks way too short. You just get on your horse, hold out your glove down low as you keep running, dive if necessary. I learned you can get to a lot more balls than […]

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January 2nd, 2013 by Wanda