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There’s plenty of places in this country that encourage disenchantment, cities and states that practically compete to provide visitors with a sense of disillusionment and despair. Then there’s Hawaii. From the moment I arrived, there was something like a command to surrender to enchantment, a mandate for ecstasy. This makes a certain kind of sense: Hawaii’s physical beauty is legendary; the fact that even the air itself--smelling of flowers, of ripe greenness, fecund and...
Zika Virus is scary, especially if you're thinking about becoming pregnant, or already are. Recently, a close friend of mine told me over a bagel and cream cheese that the only thing giving her pause about becoming pregnant immediately was the threat of contracting it. Even though, thus far, the virus has cropped up relatively far away, it has recently inched closer (to Florida, but that link gives you reasons not to freak out...
Today is a good day, you know? It's a day when we can all just entertain ourselves by thinking about the likelihood of the top of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's head possibly, cartoonishly separating from his body due to the high amounts of steam accumulating in that big, bloviating dome. It's a day when we can feel happy about the fact that even though we'd never be naive enough to think that just because...
Late last week, Chelsea Clinton announced that she was expecting a baby with her husband of four years, Marc Mevinsky. What does this mean beyond the fact that Clinton and Mevinsky will soon be parents, and that Hillary and Bill Clinton will soon be grandparents? Not that much, really. Oh, wait. Did I say "not that much"? What I really meant was that this is sure to be the biggest game changer in the...