Why We Should Bring Back “Ma’am” and “Sir”

The ever winsome Rachel Maddow won kudos last week for her response when a New Jersey congressman called her “sir” on the air. “It’s all right, I answer to both,” she said, laughing, after Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., a Democrat from Paterson, quickly corrected himself with a “ma’am.” The exchange is notable for two reasons: … Continued


Media Perplexed: Four Children are “Work”

You don’t have to be a fan of Kellyanne Conway to be angry at how the headlines treated her last week. All you have to be is a parent blessed with a large family. In the latest public skewering of an advisor to the president, Conway was roundly mocked for the reason she gave when … Continued

Culture, Parenting, Politics

Facebook Live Claims Another Victim: Steelers’ Coach Mike Tomlin

Bill Belichick is professional football’s version of Grumpy Cat: a seemingly dour and prickly coach who was pronounced “hard to love” in a recent New York Times article about his team, the New England Patriots, which heads to the Super Bowl in two weeks. It’s a reputation that Belichick has seemed unable—or unwilling—to shake, despite … Continued

Culture, Sports

How Twenty One Pilots Are Saving American Kids

At first glance, they’re a parent’s worst nightmare: A pair of punked-out, tattooed Millennials who perform songs about suicide and despair while wearing black face masks that seem even more sinister than the make-up and ear gauges they conceal. But don’t be duped by the dark façade. The alt-rock duo Twenty One Pilots, currently on … Continued

Entertainment, Music

How to Prevent the New Year Divorce

Tipped off by Elvis Presley that not everyone is merry at Christmas, churches are increasingly tending to those who are hurting over the holidays. Their “Blue Christmas” services acknowledge that pain rarely takes a day off and, in fact, can intensify at precisely the season when the whole world seems happy. But churches should also … Continued


The Virtues of Christmas Music—Even When It’s Played 24/7

For many Christians, the quiet promise of Advent has given way to a mourning and gnashing of teeth more befitting Lent. The cause? The annual lament over crèches disappearing from public spaces and society’s insistence on wan “holiday” concerts and greetings. But in focusing on skirmishes lost, Christians overlook ground they hold firmly: the message … Continued

Culture, Music

“Running While Female,” and The Comforting Lie of Safety

Runners across the nation recently emerged from the warm haze of endorphins to express shock and disbelief that 43 percent of women runners have reported being harassed while running The statistic came from a Runner’s World online survey—in which I participated—about how safe runners feel on the road. As surveys go, this one was particularly … Continued


Yoga Pants Flash Mob Terrorizes Hapless Letter-Writer

If the history of journalism proves that Craigslist killed classified advertisements, it will also show that flash mobs killed letters to the editor, and yoga pants were the garish accessory to the crime. Exhibit A: The civic-minded resident of Barrington, Rhode Island, who wrote a letter to the editor of the Barrington Times decrying the … Continued


Fifty Lashes for the Vice-Presidential Debate Moderator

Tuesday’s vice-presidential debate was mesmerizing, not because of the candidates’ positions or demeanor, but because of the extraordinary balancing act performed by the moderator. For ninety minutes, the nation watched, entranced, as Elaine Quijano managed to remain upright despite the weight of false eyelashes that, had the laws of gravity held, should have caused her … Continued


Why Hillary Clinton Won’t Reveal Her Weight – and Why She Should

Actors who have the misfortune of turning another year older every year are celebrating a new California law that makes it illegal for some entertainment websites, like IMDb, to reveal their ages. They hail it as one small step against age discrimination, but it’s actually a giant lunge backward, one that gives oxygen to the … Continued