Western Feminists Discover New Tool of the Patriarchy: Salad!

Violence against women is spiking around the world. According to the BBC, last week, Taliban militants in the northwestern Badghis province of Afghanistan shot and killed a twenty-five-year-old woman who divorced her husband and then remarried. That same week, according to multiple news reports, a thirty-year-old woman was beheaded in a remote village in the … Continued


USDA Demands Holiday Snacks (and Parents) Be Removed From Schools

Starting next year, bringing a dozen homemade cupcakes to your child’s classroom to celebrate his or her birthday will be tantamount to lighting up a cigarette on the blacktop. Candy canes and gingerbread men people will be verboten during the school’s Christmas party winter celebration. And this Spring, don’t expect any candy in the classroom; … Continued


Ode to the Strip Mall

This Christmas season, I find I’m doing a lot more shopping at my local strip mall. Oddly, I’m enjoying it. Strip malls often get a bad rap. Most are thought of as cold, architecturally unpleasant outposts for life’s necessities—dry-cleaning, medications, a quick bite to eat, batteries, stationary, a haircut or a manicure, the odd gift … Continued


Martha Stewart Snoops to A New Low

Moments into the new VH1 Martha and Snoop Dogg cooking/freak show, viewers are treated to jokes about pot, porn and profanity. What fun! The show hardly mirrors the much-talked-about trailer, which went viral almost immediately after VH1 released it last month. In that trailer, Martha and Snoop look relaxed as they dance and flirt. They … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Parents: Stop Scaring Your Kids About the Election

The morning after the election, I vowed not to go on Facebook . . . and then promptly logged on. As I predicted, my feed was filled with emotional posts from my liberal friends, who were somewhere along the five stages of grief. I saw denial (Vermont hasn’t reported yet! There’s still a chance!), anger … Continued


Kids Don’t Like Veggies. So What?

As a toddler, my oldest child was an infuriatingly picky eater. Although I envied his carb-heavy diet of bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta, I worried that he wasn’t eating nutritiously. Each time I took him to the pediatrician, I braced for the diagnosis: scurvy or rickets or some other nearly obsolete condition last seen in … Continued


New York State PTA’s Inane Panic Over GMOs in School Lunches

The New York State Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has proposed a measure that will require all New York state schools to serve meals free of genetically modified ingredients (or GMOs). While I applaud parents for taking more interest in their children’s nutritional development and becoming more aware of the types of meals being served at … Continued


The Unsung Virtues of the Old-Fashioned Family Photo Album

I have roughly 10,000 photos sitting on my iPhone. I’ve never downloaded them because my computer doesn’t have enough memory to hold all the photos. Last year, I downloaded around 7,000 photos to a separate memory drive. It sits in a drawer. The pictures are never seen. Sometimes I scroll through the most recent photos … Continued


You Gotta Fight For Your Right . . . to Microgreens

The Beastie Boys would be so disappointed by today’s teenagers. No longer interested in sex, drugs, and rock and roll, today’s generation of bores is more interested in the composition of their organic salad. When did American teenagers become so staid? According to New York magazine, an increasing number of teenagers have decided to become … Continued


In Defense of Culturally Appropriating Food

Lena Dunham needs you to pay attention to her. Despite making headlines in February after the debut of season six of her HBO ratings-bomb Girls, and again making news after revealing her fascinating theory that violent crime in America is directly associated with the handguns present in the latest installment of the Jason Bourne franchise … Continued