What Happened When a School Attempted to Ban a Teen's Art

In the end, social justice prevailed over painful irony. In the final hours before the launch of a Connecticut high school art show, a gifted, charismatic senior had her project, a statement on body shaming, victim blaming and censorship, removed from the show. Just in time, the school superintendent stepped in to reinstate the work, but in the interim, a groundswell of passionate young voices took to social media to support the young artist and challenge the limits of self-expression in our schools....more
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Writing: The Raw and the Cooked

We all hear about how to improve our diets by eating unprocessed, “cleaner,” whole foods. Similarly, allowing ourselves to write “raw,” to release our fresh, unprocessed voices onto the page, can bring a boost of energy and a new sense of authenticity to our work. ...more
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A Letter From My Younger Self

Writing “a letter to my younger self” has become a common tool for compassionate reflection, for taking stock of how far you’ve come, and maybe sharing your hard-won knowledge with others. There’s a cathartic, therapeutic benefit for revisiting that awkward teen, the semi-lost college student, the new wife or the new mother that still kicks around in your soul, and letting her know that she did okay, after all of that. In fact, everything she did got you where you are today. ...more

Were You Sexually Assaulted? I Believe You

I believe you. Even though your face isn’t bruised, even though your bones aren’t broken. Even though it’s been days or weeks since it happened. Even if, at some point in your life, you thought you loved him, or you really did love him. This time, you said no. Maybe you were still together; maybe you were broken up, or breaking up. It doesn’t matter what you wore or what you drank. You said no. More than once. ...more

Why You Should Kinda Stop Saying This Word

“Kinda,” as in “kind of,” or its cousin, “sorta,” has become a staple of our professional vernacular. In presentations, meetings, and conference calls, “kinda” and “sorta” add a comforting conversational lilt, and can serve as less irritating filler devices than “uhs” and “ums.” But while the occasional “er” might be merely distracting or slightly irritating, using “kinda” and “sorta” can actually detract from your message, change your meaning, and even impact your listeners’ confidence in your material. Here’s why....more

What to Do When You Can't Sleep

One reason I left the “city that never sleeps” is precisely that: It never shuts down. There’s always something going on. That energy and intensity can be exhilarating, especially if you are able to shut it out come bedtime. But if you can’t, there goes YOUR energy and intensity, along with your productivity. (Car alarms were my ultimate downfall.)...more
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New Minivanthem to Rock Your Cupholders

In this new music video, “Mini Van” transforms the quintessential family car into the ultimate swag wagon, elevating its coolness to out-of-this-world proportions.  ...more

Love, Tossed Out of The Window

It’s hard to describe what it feels like to discover your husband has been cheating on you. Luckily, I’m not often asked about it, because people are usually too afraid to ask. They convince themselves that it’s none of their business, that I probably don’t want to talk about it, or that it would just make an otherwise lovely afternoon uncomfortable. The truth is that I want to say all of this out loud because it really happened....more
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Even Better the Second Night: The Passover Ha-Haggadah

For more than a decade, I’ve been hosting Passover seders with a twist: We laugh. Not that oppression and bondage and brick-shaping are particularly funny. But after years of arid ceremonies and pasty matzoh balls and the same old same old, I struck out with my own Passover haggadah, which I called the Ha-Haggadah. Besides, I’ve had mostly Reformish Jews, non-Jews, and kids around my table, and we needed some kind of “hook” to keep folks engaged....more