So it's happened again... another teenaged boy took a gun into a school and started shooting, leaving three dead and several more seriously wounded. In this case, it was in the small town of Chardon, Ohio, outside of Cleveland, but it could happen anywhere, any time. Read More
Sometime Friday or Saturday, a 6-1/2 ton defunct satellite will fall to Earth. No one has any clue as to where the estimated 26 pieces of the spacecraft that survive re-entry into the atmosphere will land-scattering harmlessly in the ocean or hitting your neighborhood on its 500-mile long path of impact. Read More
I really did not have to watch Nancy Grace mouth Cindy Anthony's words to her daughter Casey (for what seemed like) at least 30 times in a one-hour broadcast. Cindy's motherly "I love you"-to a daughter who may be a murderer-does not rate the number of repetitions Grace gave it. Read More
Chances are, you know someone like me who was sexually abused or even raped.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. As someone who has experienced first hand what sexual violence can do to a life, I make every effort to change societal attitudes on this vital topic. Read More
Jennifer Hudson is singing everywhere these days-at the Grammys, on her latest album, and on the scale. She's gone from a size 16 to a 6 and looks fabulous. It's been quite a turnaround after the emotional devastation she suffered in 2008, when her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew were murdered. As everyone in the world must know by now, she's lost 80 pounds through Weight Watchers. Read More
I was truly saddened to read the recent findings that showed more adolescent males are dying than ever. Most of the adolescent deaths stem from reckless behavior, whether car accidents or violence. Suicide was another major factor, accounting for a quarter to a third of all deaths in 10-24 year-old young men. Read More
We sit mesmerized watching houses and cars get swept away. We stare at talking heads, called nuclear experts, saying "no problem" or "major disaster." We listen to first person accounts of those who have experienced a quake so violent as to shift parts of Japan by 13 feet and affect Earth's wobble. Maybe we watch with a detached air; there is safety in disassociation. Read More
You're exhausted, but having trouble sleeping. You keep getting one lousy cold after another. You feel like there's a heavy lid over your usual wellspring of happiness. You can't seem to function right and don't know why.
It's always a pleasure for me to watch a woman at the top of her game-whether it's Serena Williams clocking a 129-mph serve or watching Kathryn Bigelow's acceptance speech at the 82nd Academy Awards after her historic win as the first woman to snag an Oscar for Best Director. (She was only the fourth woman ever nominated.) Read More
It takes up residence in the pit of your stomach and gnaws away at your heart. It lurks behind the false smile you plaster on your face in front of friends and relatives. It breathes fire into your potential happiness and dissipates it into steam. As Iago warned Othello, "It is the green-ey'd monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on." Read More
Papa John Phillips, of the iconic 60s band The Mamas and the Papas, liked to see himself as a man with no boundaries. Taboos, like incest, were meaningless to someone who considered himself a god, a power tripper fueled by ego and massive quantities of drugs. And his daughter Mackenzie was his victim, as she discloses in her recent book, High on Arrival. Read More
No matter how much Daniel Schuler denies on "Larry King Live" that his wife was drunk on that fateful day in July, there was that damnable busted bottle of Absolut vodka in the crushed metal of Diane Schuler's minivan. Had that 1.7 liters snuck up and beckoned her on that weekend morning, whispering drink me, then sip some more in the car as you listen to the radio? Read More
"Summertime, and the living is easy..." which George Gershwin wrote for the musical Porgy and Bess in 1935, is still the tune that comes to mind as I slip into a summertime state of mind-a gentle lullaby that is both somewhat melancholy and very comforting. Read More
While the FBI investigates whether David Carradine's death was the result of foul play, it appears more likely that it was a case of auto-erotic asphyxiation (AEA). The question remains whether he acted alone or with a companion. Read More
As I watch the daily news, I see constant reminders that women are still unconsciously living out old patriarchal myths. For instance, we've all watched political wives like Hillary Clinton, Silda Spitzer, Elizabeth Edwards, and Dina McGreevey stand by their men in some very uncomfortable situations. Read More