Archive | January, 2011

Sarah Palin Moratorium? I’m Not With Dana Milbank on This One

January 31, 2011

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No Sarah Palin news for a whole month.?  Ahhhh. Sounds sort of heavenly, doesn’t it? No videos from her Alaskan home television studio.  No reports of her playing the victim.  No stories of the obscene sums of money her …

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Can’t Afford to Invest in Education? Good Luck to Our Future

January 29, 2011

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This week, the Washington Post reported on a top-performing school in Montgomery County, Maryland that is failing under the warped guidelines of No Child Left Behind. It reminded me of a post I wrote about a year ago after …

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I Get the Message

January 28, 2011

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These go perfectly with my “Stop me before I volunteer again” Post-It notes.…

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Politics and Snow — Bring It On!

January 27, 2011

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It’s been a busy week for me at Politics Daily!  You can find me over there this week – When the likes of Chris Matthews become equal opportunity insulters when they toss around terms like “Balloon head”  and “makeup salesperson” …

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Princesses Fighting Cancer

January 24, 2011

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As a mother of a daughter, I’ve long had ambivalent feelings about princesses, especially how Disney princesses are marketed to our children.  Most little girls go through a phase where they latch on to one of the Disney gals — …

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The Flip Side of Lisa Belkin’s “Jinxed” Theory

January 19, 2011

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As a general matter, I enjoy reading the posts at Lisa Belkin’s New York Times blog, Motherlode.  I’ve met Lisa and she’s a lovely person, a great writer and her column has interesting food for thought.  But there are …

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“Chinese” Mothering Isn’t for Me

January 17, 2011

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2011 is a tough time to be a parent in America.  Explaining to our children why a nine-year-old was shot and killed in a rampage in Arizona.   Managing the amount of pop culture exposure one’s child should have (if …

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Mothers of Intention — Aftermath of Tucson Edition

January 12, 2011

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In the days since the massacre in Tucson and attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, many people have been weighing in on the tragedy.  Here are a few thoughtful posts worthy of your time: Ilina from Dirt and Noise …

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The Shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the Language of Violence

January 9, 2011

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Before the horrendous assassination attempt on Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the shooting of 20 people, leaving six of them dead, Giffords knew that she had been specially marked by by her opponents.  Tea Party conservatives wanted her out of …

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Things That Made Me Mad This Week

January 7, 2011

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Not enough women writers to keep the column Broadsheet going at Salon.  Really?  I wish they’d called — I could have given them a really long list of great women writers who think about the broad spectrum of politics from …

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Breastfeeding Moms Equal Capitol Hill Bipartisanship

January 6, 2011

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Networking in non-traditional settings is nothing new for women. When our husbands think we’re just hanging out with the girls or managing the soccer game and birthday party schedules for our kids, we know that those relationships can be, and …

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Mothers of Intention — Another Change We Need in Health Care is Insurance Coverage for Lymphedema Sleeves

January 5, 2011

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This is cross-posted from Toddler Planet where my amazing friend Susan Niebur, a breast cancer patient herself and a true Mother of Intention, is trying to make it possible for other breast cancer patients to obtain lymphedema sleeves and other …

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