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Movies, Mommies, and Predators

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Ever wonder where our obsession with child predators began? The answer just might be at the movies. And “M” is the picture that started it all. What a creepy film. It opens with a mother puttering around the kitchen, waiting for her daughter to come home from school. We see the clock […]

Of Thee I Sing, Baby!

BY LENORE SKENAZY  | The shower is where America does it — in private, with no one judging, just because it feels good. I’m talking about singing, of course, that once-universal pastime that uplifts the soul, re-boots the body, and doesn’t demand a monthly fee. So why aren’t we singing all the time? In “La […]

As Heard Recently on the Second Avenue Subway

As Heard Recently on the Second Avenue Subway

BY LENORE SKENAZY  | To celebrate the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, we have commissioned the first New York Guide to Subway Jargon. Here it is  —  after 98 years in the making! Sick passenger (noun): Patently lame excuse for lateness. “I meant to call you on your birthday, but there was a sick passenger on […]

10 Resolutions Caregivers Should Make for 2017

BY RIMAS JASIN AND JUDY ZANGWILL | Every year, millions of people vow to eat healthier, exercise more, and stress less. But, too often caregivers who care for a loved one skip the New Year’s resolution and continue to forgo taking care of themselves. This year, let’s change that. Caregivers: let’s vow to take care of […]

A Year of Helicoptering America’s Youth

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It was the year of Pokémon Panic — any toy that gets kids outside must be stopped! — and the year a Florida school canceled its “Powder Puff” all-girl football game, suggesting the girls bob for apples instead. It was the year that we saw the first academic study of bouncy house […]

At Natural History Museum, the Scoop on Scorpions

At Natural History Museum, the Scoop on Scorpions

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Stephanie Loria would like to set the record straight: “If you get stung by a scorpion and you are a healthy adult, you won’t die.” She paused, then added, “You may wish you were dead. But they get such a bad rap.” Yes, pity the poor scorpions — so misunderstood. Fortunately, […]

Some Day, We’ll All Be the Butt of These Jokes

Some Day, We’ll All Be the Butt of These Jokes

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Hear that joke about old people? It kills ‘em every time. An elderly man comes into a bar and notices a lovely lady about his age having a drink by herself. He pulls up a stool, leans over, and asks, “So… do I come here often?” Sure, laugh. Or cry. Fact […]

Fossil Fools

BY DR. CARY GOODMAN | President Ellen Futter, architect Jeanne Gang, and the Board of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History are a group of Fossil Fools who care little about the climate crisis we all face. They want to expand the museum by polluting our air and ignoring the global consensus on […]

Meet the New Bot, Same as the Old Bot

BY LENORE SKENAZY | We don’t kill off our retirees just because they’re not working anymore, so don’t worry about our future robot overlords killing us off us when we’re no longer working — which we won’t be, since robots will be doing everything faster and better than us. Just as machines have been taking […]

When Clowns Carry Our Worries

When Clowns Carry Our Worries

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Let’s face it: Clowns are creepy. In a way, the current craziness out there has finally brought that fact out into the open, the way the word “frenemy” finally gave us a way to talk about something we all recognized but hadn’t acknowledged — and as did “bad hair day” before that. […]

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