From the Chicago Tribune op-ed
As an experiment, social psychologist Paul Piff once invited people to play Monopoly, then he rigged the game. He selected two players, but one was given twice as much cash to start the game and received twice as much cash each time he passed Go. The lucky player rolled two dice on each turn, the opponent rolled one.
At the end, when the winners were asked to explain their success, they would describe their talent for the game and the clever strategies they had used. “Almost nobody attributed their success to the initial flip of a coin that got them into their position of privilege,” Piff reported. Continue reading
From the Boston Globe op-ed page 9.5.2015
THE ORIGINS of Labor Day are slightly hazy, but the US Department of Labor points to one of the likely originators as Peter McGuire, a union leader in the 1880s who wanted to honor workers “who from rude nature . . . carved all the grandeur we behold.”
On Monday we will continue to celebrate the grandeur of work. But isn’t it time to do something about the rudeness? Fair pay is important, but we also need to change to a culture where people are appreciated. Continue reading
from The Daily Beast
At a dinner party in a sprawling apartment on Park Avenue, I brought up the topic of gratitude—and everyone looked down at their plates in embarrassment.
Had I brought up Caitlyn Jenner, sex slavery, or women menstruating through their eyeballs, nobody would have finched. But gratitude? Not in polite company, dear.
I had just spent a year living gratefully and writing about it in my new book The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking On The Bright Side Can Transform Your Life.
I am neither sappy nor spiritual, and while I eat kale and quinoa, I’m not new age-y. I don’t Continue reading
from Conde Nast Traveler, May 2015
Starting your kids’ wanderlust early is beneficial for everyone in your family.
My sons still talk about the family trip we took down the Salmon River in Idaho one summer. The scenery was gorgeous and the rapids were rough—and the guide let my oldest, Zach, negotiate one wild pass alone in a rubber canoe. He was 7 at the time. His little brother Matt, then 5, paddled excitedly along with my husband. Were they too young for that adventure? Absolutely not. Continue reading
from Huffington Post May 2015
On Mother’s Day, young kids cheerfully give their moms flowers, candy, or whatever bauble Dad has helped them buy. But they’re often mystified. Why say thanks to mom? Isn’t she supposed to take care of you?
from The Daily Beast 4/28/2015
Larry David may be a knock-out star on TV, but his play Fish In the Dark was completely shut out at the Tony nominations, announced this morning. Same with producer Harvey Weinstein’s musical Finding Neverland, which is winning adoring audiences but no Tony love. Continue reading
When we first got married, I told my husband I wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 15th, when flowers and chocolates went on sale. Maybe you can’t put a price on love, but $39.95 for a dozen stems seemed too high. Why pay jacked up prices when we could have our own romantic day anytime we chose?
My husband immediately got in the spirit, and every year since then, he’s brought me the nicest roses discounts can buy. Love always seems lovelier to me at half-price the next day. Continue reading
When we shop for holiday gifts, many of us look for things that will make our children happy. We can’t wait to hear their appreciative cries of“thank you! thank you!”once the wrapping gets ripped off.
But here’s a tip: Don’t count on it. Continue reading
Bradley Cooper appeared on Broadway this year half-naked. Neil Patrick Harris wore fishnets and high heels. Hugh Jackman mystified in wading boots. All were terrific, and it was a thrill to watch big stars give powerful, knockout performances that didn’t depend on their names or fame. They proved themselves as serious, hard-working actors. Continue reading