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Genetic Crystal Ball-Gazing

Genetic Crystal Ball-Gazing

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Congratulations, you’re going to have a baby! Would you like to know if, 50 years or so down the line, he or she might develop colon cancer? And by the way, the baby may also have a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Would you like to know about that, too? Oh, […]

Rethinking Violent Crime and Prison

Rethinking Violent Crime and Prison

BY LENORE SKENAZY | It’s no secret that America loves to send people to prison. We have less than five percent of the world’s population and more than 20 percent of its prisoners — which is odd for a “Land of Liberty.” Lately it has become common to attribute our mass incarceration to the war on […]

Not Every Fear Need Be Expressed

Not Every Fear Need Be Expressed

BY LENORE SKENAZY | If you see something, say something. That campaign, launched in New York after 9/ 11 and rolled out nationally in 2010, suggests that anyone and anything we see could be out to get us, so our job is to immediately alert the authorities. What a wonderful way to turn kind, caring citizens […]

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 […]

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