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A woman approached me at my kids' school the other day. We know each other only from meetings around town; I don't think we'd ever spoken one-on-one. But something compelled her to move beyond her shyness and reserve. I was instantly curious.She … more
Many of us are having a hard time accepting the fact that we have a mentally unstable, narcissistic bully for a President (calling him a clown would be disrespectful to clowns) and we feel helpless to do anything about it. But there is some glimmer … more
This has been one of the busiest months for Fraud Watch. It began with reports of counterfeit products, moved to fraudulent disaster relief, and now focuses on one ofthe most extensive data breaches in American history. Late last week, Equifax, one … more
We recently recognized the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.To put that in perspective, Facebook didn't exist and the Groper in Chief had to issue his insults face-to-face because Twitter didn't exist either.But how about perspective with a … more
Lawmakers and the media have devoted much of their attention recently to deaths from opioid overdoses, as well as to the broader "deaths of despair" that include suicides and deaths from alcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis. But despite the intense … more
After two weeks of nonstop coverage of massive hurricanes, the blame game has only begun, beginning with climate change and unregulated growth — for good reason. But the situation would not be nearly so dire without decades of well-intentioned … more
Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution in Washington. He is himself a bona fide liberal, or at least, what passed for a thinking liberal a decade ago. He is a sharp commentator on American politics, and has … more
Labor Day has come and gone. Big yellow buses are slowing traffic twice a day. But it's not time to give up on gardening and move on to watching football and waiting in a Lazy-Boy for the maple leaves to turn red. Your gardens still need you. Let's … more
Becker was the co-founder of the famed band "Steely Dan." I am so fortunate to have seen him perform live with Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen in Hartford, Conn., a number of years ago. The tickets were a gift from my fiancee who accompanied me … more
Gus is now 2,150 days old and it's been at least 365 days since I wrote my last Fatherhood column. As might be expected, so much about him has changed over the past year and now we are looking at even bigger changes, with him starting … more
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