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My marriage is the most important relationship in my life. Yes, the most important.
My husband and I existed as a couple long before we decided to have children. And on the day (God willing) when all four of our kids make their way as independent citizens of the world, Bryan and I will once again live in a household of two. In the meantime, we don’t like the idea of waiting until the year 2034 to make our marriage a priority.
To quote Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham of Downton Abbey: “Marriage is a long business.”
I propose a “marriage first household” to make that business a happy one!
Eight Ways to Put Your Marriage First:
Some small-minded pundits are guaranteed to grouchily opine this is neither the time nor the place to be re-circulating unfounded conspiracy theories. Then again, mightn’t it be more imprudent to ignore the latest rumors and dark mutterings concerning something as important as the nomination of a presidential candidate? Of course we’re talking about the uncanny similarities between the 2012 Republican primary race and a game of Angry Birds.
The skeptical amongst you will be tempted to dismiss this subject as the lunatic ravings of a recently returned passenger from an extended trans-Canadian vacation on the bourbon train, but there is more here than meets the eye. First off: you’d have to be a hermit living in the darkest recesses of a Sonoran desert zinc mine not to be aware of the popular multi-platform phenomenon that is Angry Birds. And the 2012 Republican primary race? Well, perhaps not as many, but still way up there.
The two activities share several basic characteristics: both are infuriatingly frustrating, defy physics and logic as we know them and can instantly turn into terminally addictive pastimes that many experts consider to be a leading cause to loss of both sanity and productivity in America today.
The object of Angry Birds is to use a slingshot to fling various flightless birds at flimsy houses built by egg-thieving green
“Marisa Anderson is one of the most authentic, naturally gifted psychics I have worked with.”– Professor Hans Holzer, Ph.D.
Marisa Anderson continues as she speaks about the Catherine Woods murder case in New York. It had been worked on via the counselors for the defense which was a different angle for her, and it gave them the information ahead of time before the prosecutor had given them what they needed. “I gave them exactly the info from the murder scene as though I had entered it, giving details of articles on the floor in each room such as pasta dishes in the sink, a whipped cream can kicked to the side of the room, a mattress up on its side in the bedroom, footprints of a sketchers sneaker in the blood on a wooden floor toward the
At the SXSW Festival 2012, HBO rolled out the red carpet, screened three episodes of Lena Dunham’s Girls, and viewers wandered into a bona fide hit. Whose time, incidentally, had come.
What writer/actress/director, Lena Dunham has written is good and true. At least in my opinion as a single person perpetually amazed by cutting-edge social and romantic horrors.
Mostly, Girls makes me
Whether it’s the regular tweets of the big-name food pundits or the countless anonymous contributors to online food discussions, an astonishing amount of advice is now dished out on what food we should buy and where we should buy it. While much of this guidance is sound and reasonable, some of it is wildly inaccurate or just downright unrealistic.
Take the latest mantra that cropped up in an online discussion that I was following: ‘Before you buy any food you should go and visit the farm, because that will answer all your questions.’ Buying direct from the farm or at the farmers’ market is something I wholeheartedly enjoy supporting. In doing so, my family hasn’t bought into the appalling practices of industrial agriculture; we’ve used our dollars to support local farms — and the food usually tastes great, too. But is it realistic to expect every conscientious consumer to have the time and ability to actually visit the farm first — let alone the expertise to assess what they see when they get there?
As the saying goes, the more you know the less you
The film The Hunger Games presents a heroic struggle in a world that has failed to make the transition to some form of sustainable prosperity. People are barely surviving on a ruined Earth and in a society that has regressed to ritualistic, annual killings for past misdeeds.
This is a horrifying view of the world ahead, particularly because it has a ring of authenticity — we know that a future this terrifying could await us if we continue along our current path of climate disruption, resource depletion, species extinction, unsustainable population, and more. To turn from this path of collective ruin, it is vital that we step back and take a fresh look at the story of the human journey. We face big challenges and it will take an equally big vision to transform conflict into cooperation and draw us into a promising future.
A future of conflict and suffering is easy to imagine while a future of harmony and health is still a vague and unformed possibility in our collective
For many American cities, the budget process is basically fiscal hell, and the politics of plugging potholes and funding schools akin to legislative purgatory. But a tiny miracle just arrived in New York City. Communities are experimenting with Participatory Budgeting, a system for giving local people a say in planning their budget priorities. While it’s no magic bullet, the program marks a small step toward economic democracy in Gotham.
The Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC) project is just a pilot so far, starting with a pot of a few million
To understand the importance of Washington D.C. Emancipation Day, look no further than the story of those who thought this event would never happen.
When we think about the development of America’s democracy, we shower attention toward our Founding Fathers. A short drive down the Potomac River leads you to George Washington’s Mount Vernon — the home of a general whose bravery on the battlefield led a developing country to independent
We’ve had the “mommy wars” before and they were a waste of time. Work is what almost all of us do one way or another.
And this stay-at-home mom business is just another false political category like “soccer moms” — an easy label that doesn’t fit anyone and a way to force a wedge between women voters.
You can’t stay at home if you’re taking care of children whether you’re a mom or a dad. You’re out and about bringing them here and there, getting things done and often assisting at the schools or after school
Just because a volcano is dormant doesn’t mean it won’t erupt again. Sit on top of it, and even minor tremors are a disturbing reminder that the potential for disaster is very real.
That’s how I felt when I read about the recent computer glitch that temporarily shut down our third largest stock exchange, BATS Global Markets. Trading of Apple shares was suspended for five minutes, and BATS’ own shares fell to a fraction of a cent.
Over the past year, the New York Times reported, there have been at least 110 such tremors that blocked trading in one or more of the nation’s 13 stock
The majority of U.S. states make it illegal for anyone to take their own life or receive assistance in taking their own life. More than 30 of these states have laws on the books specifically identifying assisted suicide as a crime. A number of states address the concept of assisted suicide in the common law classifications while one state — Montana — has had the criminalization of physician assisted suicide nullified in
Reading that The Spring Show, sponsored by the Art and Antique Dealers League of America will be held May 3 to 6 at the Park Avenue Armory, led me to go through the list of some of our great shops (besides our great auction houses, of course) for furniture, jewelry and objets d’art with some history. After all, we’re an old city with the best shopping in the world. Where else would you go?
Aero – 419 Broome Street
Though primarily a showcase for Thomas O’Brien’s designs, this huge showroom also houses modern antiques from the mid-20th century.
Alan Moss Studios – 436 Lafayette Street
European and American home furnishings and objets d’art join glassware and a literally stunning array of chandeliers.
Antiqueria Tribeca – 129 Duane Street
Fans of French Art Deco, particularly Lalique, need look no further than this gallery, which offers affordable elegance in a gracious landmark townhouse.
Bermingham & Co. – 243 East 60th Street
Fabrics, dcor, furniture, with some particularly fine French and Italian
What a day! Last Wednesday, those of us who could shell out the price of 15 barrels of crude oil were treated to a plethora of oil industry canned (barreled?) wisdom on oil and energy, its present and future, by a battery of veterans and experts in the field, from that sly and wizened old fox Boone Pickens to Nobel Laureate Steven Chu at the “New York Times’ Energy Summit”
Much was learned, much was overlooked. In its introductory handout, that day’s “Energy” special section of the New York Times, the tone was set by the Times’ indefatigable oil reporter Jad Mouawad who in his featured reportage instructed us all, the great unwashed, that “oil is a global commodity whose price is set on the global market.” Here was the gospel of oil patch doctrine — with its inference that its all about ‘supply and demand’ when setting prices on the world market. Not a whisper about that ‘force of nature,’ the OPEC oil cartel, nor the massive distortion rendered by the hundreds of billions of barrels of oil traded and speculated over the world commodity exchanges.
Perhaps the highlight of the day’s presentations was the ‘conversation’ held with our current Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu, who was quoted in the Wall Street Journal in 2008 saying, “Somehow we have to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” and his interlocutor, columnist Tom
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I thought I was doing a dead writer and her friend a favor.
Elisabeth Young-Bruehl — a psychoanalyst and biographer of Hannah Arendt and Anna Freud — had, in an earlier incarnation as a professor of philosophy, been Dominique Browning’s mentor at Wesleyan. They had become close, and that friendship had only increased Browning’s admiration for her: “I cannot count all the times I did things because I wanted her to be proud of me, or the times I read things that I wanted to share with her, or the times I saw things I wanted to puzzle out with her.” Now Young-Bruehl had a new book, “Childism: Confronting Prejudice Against Children.” Browning wanted to host a book party. But first, they’d have a long visit.
There was no visit.
A month before the publication of her book and just before Young-Bruehl was to spend several days with Browning, she
President Obama’s 2011 income tax documents showed on Friday that he paid a significantly higher rate than the significantly richer Mitt Romney, highlighting the titanic level of tax shirking committed by far too many 1 percenters.
President Obama paid 20.5 percent on earnings of $789,674. The president’s total income is the amount Romney raked in every two weeks last year, for a total of $21 million. Romney, the likely GOP presidential nominee, has estimated he’ll pay a tax rate of only 15.4
A little over eight years ago, I came out as a gay man to my family and friends. Amid this revelation, I continued to practice my faith as a Roman Catholic. It was at this time in my life that I came to witness the overwhelming support that Catholics have for LGBT people. In my role as a religion teacher, a priest once informed me that a parent had expressed concern over having a gay man teach religious
photo credit: ReutersEgypt’s Presidential Election Commission has deemed ten candidates unqualified for the upcoming election battle to succeed the toppled Hosni Mubarak. They include the surprise candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat al-Shater; the more radical Islamist Hazem Salah Abu Ismail; and Omar Suleiman, Mubarak’s long time spymaster.Egyptian citizens are massing in Tahrir Square protesting anti-democratic manipulation by the Commission as well as protesting in various pockets of the square this or that candidate on the roster — or, as it were, not on the roster.Of those in the current public glare, however, Omar Suleiman is the person I find most fascinating and perhaps consequential. First of all, last September I was told by a well connected Arab associate of mine that the military would put Suleiman up to stand for the presidency but would act as if he was separate from them. I was also told that a secret deal had been made with the Muslim Brotherhood to ‘acquiesce’ to Suleiman, who despite having served for decades as a powerful head of intelligence in the previous regime was known not to be corrupt.This was very hard to
They prepared the stage for His Holiness to arrive by filling it with break-dancing boys and girls dancing with gusto, playing guitars, and singing. We were in Honolulu, awaiting an appearance by the 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism and Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist, at an event put on by Pillars of Peace.
The event began with ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro who talked about how His Holiness had inspired him with his message of simplicity. To demonstrate, he removed one string of his ukulele and played with only three — showing that even with three strings, there was a lot he could do. He finished by saying that to make music, you must create it inside, before you can bring it outside.
Then the soulful Pam Omidyar, who founded this event together with her husband Pierre, took the stage to introduce the Dalai
In a country as complex as this, in which tourists have for so long existed in a separate strata to locals, the only way to learn anything about the “real Cuba” is to talk.
Luckily, this is a also a country in which everyone is happy to chat.
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Each time I pass Cafeteria El Diablo, I try a different cake, and she always laughs at me for asking so many questions about everything on display. On the counter is my breakfast cake.
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Each time I pass Cafeteria El Diablo, I try a different cake, and she always laughs at me for asking so many questions about everything on
The US is facing a $15 trillion national debt, and there is no shortage of opinions about how to move toward deficit reduction in the federal budget. One topic you will not hear discussed very often on Capitol Hill is the idea of ending one of the oldest American welfare programmes – the extraordinary amount of corporate welfare going to the nuclear energy industry.
Many in Congress talk of getting “big government off the back of private industry”. Here’s an industry we’d like to get off the backs of the taxpayers.
As, respectively, a senator who is the longest-serving independent in Congress and the president of an independent and non-partisan budget watchdog organisation, we do not necessarily agree on everything when it comes to energy and budget policy in the US. But one thing we strongly agree on is the need to end wasteful subsidies that prop up the nuclear
Spring is a time to start over and try new things, but after 30 years of gardening, there are the tried-and-true that simply must be planted every year–partly because I make dishes from them that last all year in my freezer, and partly because they are just so superior fresh to anything bought, even from my local farmer. This is my list.
1. Basil. Not the fancy kinds (although I do like to plant at least one purple basil because it’s so good and pretty in
There is a wonderful sketch in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl where four Yorkshiremen are trying to best each other regarding who survived the most indigent and treacherous childhood. Douglas Coupland referred to a similar phenomenon that occurs at AA meetings as “onedownsmenship.”
There is a new game in town in relation to busyness. If you observe conversations closely, does it not seem as if there is some sort of tacit contest regarding who is busier? For instance, you tell a friend that your day was jam-packed with back-to-back meetings, and she tells you that she had to fly the organ-donor helicopter to Santa Inez and back — twice — to save two Nobel Prize-winning rocket-scientist twin sisters who both needed kidney transplants?
And you think you had a busy day??
I have noticed that a large percentage of belated email responses I receive include the words “crazy busy” or some derivative thereof in the first two lines. If I were writing in German, crazybusy would already be one