Byline: By NAOMI SHULMAN

Let’s go back to the Before. Was it just six weeks ago? It was a lifetime ago. We had a houseguest, because houseguests were still a thing, and we...

Today I’m thinking about handshakes, that age old-way of making a small human connection. This is not something I thought about a couple weeks ago,...

It’s early morning on a school day. I am up before the sun, thanks to the local high school’s ridiculously early start-time (don’t get me going...

When I was small, my family had one TV. It was a small black-and-white set and it got two channels, but it worked, and for several years I watched...

“I am silently correcting your grammar.” The first time I saw this quote on a T-shirt, I laughed. I mean, correcting grammar is kind of what I do....

A few million news cycles ago, which is to say a couple of weeks ago, we heard about Elizabeth Warren’s experience with pregnancy discrimination...

Refusing to accept the unacceptable

10/4/19

When does our ability to cope morph into a refusal to act? The ability to bear up in less than optimal circumstances is often a good thing — a sign...

Friday Takeaway: Well-Directed

9/6/19

A couple weeks ago, I found myself back in my old stomping grounds, the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. If you’ve never been there, I promise you it...

“Nice” is an odd word. Ostensibly sweet, it often leaves a sour aftertaste. “Nice guys finish last.” “No more Mr. Nice Guy.” No offense to any...

Friday Takeaway: ‘The Giving Tree’

6/6/19

Remember Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree”? A tree loves a little boy. She loves him enough, in fact, that she willingly gives herself to the...

Friday Takeaway: Rigged

4/11/19

There aren’t many positive things to be said about the recent college admissions scandal — you know, the one where rich (and in some cases, famous)...

Friday Takeaway: What's in a name?

3/14/19

When I gave birth to my daughters, one of the first things the nurses did was ask their father and me what their names were. We spelled out the...

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