Teenagers, alcohol, and sex

I was listening to a repeat of a National Public Radio (NPR) show called "Fresh Air".  Terry Gross was interviewing Peggy Orenstein.  Ms. Orenstein wrote the books Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Schoolgirls, Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap, and others.  The interview was repeated because her latest book, Girls & Sex, is coming…

Comic Books for Parents, Part III

In previous posts Comic Books for Parents: Part I and Comic Books for Parents, Part II, I discussed (respectively) the adult nature of comic books and how a parent who is concerned might lesson the harmful effect of that nature on their children.  I have discovered that even the most permissive of parents are surprised at…

What is truth? Do we care?

When Pilate was interrogating Jesus, John records in his gospel that Jesus said, "Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice."  Pilate famously and derisively responded, "What is truth?" So, what is truth? Take a look at a dictionary and you will find that it is hard to define truth without referring to "true",…

Death by Despair

According to a March 23, 2017 article on National Public Radio (NPR) "Morning Edition", husband and wife researchers Anne Case and Angus Deaton have discovered that deaths by suicide, drug use, and alcohol abuse have risen dramatically for older, white, middle-aged Americans with only a high school degree.  These statistics remain unchanged for minorities and…

Mystery Men

In a previous blog, Mystery Mavens, I listed mystery authors -- all women -- whom I have enjoyed and would recommend.  It's time I gave the men their due. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle If purists would argue that Edgar Allen Poe invented the mystery story, I think it's inarguable that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought…

Uncivil Debate

If you are like me, you probably listen to an opinion on a radio broadcast or read a book with which you disagree.   You might share a work space with a committed conservative or a liberal equally certain that her position is the correct one.  Someone may come to your door asking for money or…

Scoring Brave New Word

I was at my dentist office, and the hygienist looked at my book as I sat in the chair.  "Brave New Word," she said.  "What's that?"  I was more than a little surprised.  I thought everyone knew Aldous Huxley's book Brave New World, in which he postulates a future, frightening Utopia in the year 2495,…

Gray Movies

When our children were young, I attempted to introduce them (from time to time) to culture from before my time, including older black-and-white movies.  As they aged, they would ask suspiciously, "Is this a gray show?"  I'd like to list some of the older movies that stand the test of time. Some renowned classics are…

President Trump and His First Month

Why wait until the first 100 days is over?  How is the new President doing?  I'm sure your opinion depends on what side of the aisle you make your home, but let's see if we can't agree on some things. Trump has been busy fulfilling his campaign promises In my lifetime, I can't recall a…