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My Thanksgiving Gratitude List

posted by hfields

Right now, I could use to focus on what’s going right, when so much around me is about what is going wrong. My hope is that in doing so, I will remember to be the sort of person who appreciates her life and behaves in accordance with that attitude.

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Are We Women Being Pressured Into Motherhood?

posted by hfields

Sometimes it sure feels like we are. In an essay I wrote for DoubleX.com’s “Your Comeback” blog, I discuss the fabled biological clock, why mine doesn’t seem to be ticking, and whether it’s ethical to bring babies into the world […]

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Holiday Gift-Giving: Why Do We Do This to Ourselves?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Time for the holiday shopping frenzy! Unless, of course, you’re one of the crazy folk who checked shopping off their holiday to-do list back in August. (You know who you are, and I just don’t like you sometimes.) I’ve culled […]

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Mooching Off Your Parents: An Adult Child’s Perspective

posted by hfields

In my family, love and money sometimes get confused, and I’m sure I’m not alone there. My folks have been known to show their affection and concern, though not exclusively, in the form of cold, hard cash.

The Canal Killings: Can We Call These Soldiers Heroes?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I’ve been following CNN.com’s “Killings At The Canal: The Army Tapes,” an investigation into the circumstances leading up to, and following, the premeditated murder of four Iraqis in 2007. I suppose I’ve been waiting for my lightbulb moment when I […]

On Black Friday, Would You Push Other Holiday Shoppers Out Of The Way?

posted by hfields

We all know what’s just around the bend: Black Friday! Even as I write out my shopping list of Thanksgiving cooking ingredients, I know that the day after, stuffed with turkey, I’ll be eyeballing the 2009 Black Friday sales. And this year, with the recession hitting so hard, there are sure to be incredible deals for those who can lift their somnolent selves off the couch (even to get to the computer and shop online) and engage in some hardcore retail therapy.

Why I Skip Family Holidays, and Why You Should Too (Sometimes)

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Goshdarnnit, Hillary…your oblications and holiday survival tips post puts me in the position of bad angel. Nonetheless, I gladly pick up the horns and pitchfork to make my personal pitch for skipping oblications for…self-gratification vacations?  A few years ago I had […]

My “Oblication” Vacation: Holiday Survival Tips For That Stressful Family Trip

posted by hfields

I’m not the kind of gal who likes a whole lot of family togetherness. I live within city blocks of my whole family, so I get plenty – some would say too much – of it with my own side of the clan. And I’ve just never been comfy being on my P’s and Q’s with other people’s relatives. The idea of spending 7 days cooped up, smiling politely and nodding as we negotiate our way through decisions both great and small (who’ll grab up the check on dinners out, where we should souvenir shop), makes me break out in a sweat, and we haven’t even hit the beach yet. From the moment the idea of this family trip came up, I experienced panic, resentment, anger, then great steaming heaps of guilt and shame.

Have Some Respect and Make the World Green

posted by Padmini Mangunta

NBC is starting its 3rd annual Green Week this Sunday to promote, you guessed it, greener lifestyles via green-themed content throughout their programming. Kudos to NBC for its efforts, but I tend to agree with this blogger on Chicago Now […]

Habitual Lateness: An Ethical Or Etiquette Issue?

posted by hfields

We all have that one friend or family member who’s guilty–they say they’ll meet you for dinner at a quarter to seven, and seven-thirty rolls around before you catch a glimpse of their apologetic face. No matter how often you glance irritably at your watch as they breeze in, no matter how obviously it irks you, they simply cannot be on time.

I Support Same-Sex Marriage. Why Don’t You?

posted by hfields

I cannot imagine another ethical position to take other than supporting our fellow citizens’ right to marry. To criminalize love, to deny a portion of our society equal rights under the law, simply because of your fears, prejudices, or religious views, is despicable to me.

Sammy Sosa Bleached Skin Rumors: Sad, Scary, Or None Of Our Business?

posted by hfields

Is Sammy Sosa following in Michael Jackson’s footsteps? Recent photos of Sosa show the retired Cubs baseball star with dramatically lighter skin after what he calls ‘skin rejuvenation treatments’.

Gossip Girls Pushes It with Monday’s Threesome

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Apparently, 3 of our favorite GG characters both know exactly what a threesome is and will be taking part in one this Monday. Time for sweeps week, people, and making money the old-fashioned way — the promotion of promiscous teens!

Kimberly Munley: One Brave Police Officer, And The Hero Of Fort Hood

posted by hfields

I’m not one of those people who tosses out the word “hero” comfortably. I feel that news accounts of folks who are just doing the decent, ethical thing in a moment of crisis sometimes blow the term out of proportion and devalue it. Not so with police Sgt. Kimberly Munley, the hero of the Fort Hood’s terrible incident yesterday. She, in my opinion, is the real deal.

The Box: Would YOU Push The Button?

posted by hfields

Cameron Diaz’s new movie (also starring Frank Langella and James Marsden) is out today, posing the moral question, “Would you kill a stranger to keep your own family well? Watch the trailer and let us know:

Rihanna Speaks Out; So Does the World

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Case in point, Rihanna’s interview with Diane Sawyer, which airs tomorrow on 20/20. I was one of probably millions who Googled the five-minute Good Morning America clip from this morning. Personally, I am happy that she is taking her experience and letting something positive come out of it–whether or not you or I value her role in society, she does play an important role to young women everywhere. And if Rihanna speaking about her involvement in this sad situation helps one girl get out of a similar situation, amen to that.

How To Get Out Of Jury Duty (Ethically)

posted by hfields

How is it that two days of jury duty can feel like two months in purgatory? Can sitting in a room with nothing to do but read a good book, away from the demands of one’s job, the ringing of […]

Things Don’t Add Up in Wal-Mart Scuffle

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Wal-Mart seems to be playing a much larger part in our blog than usual lately, but apparently that’s where all the news happens.  Actually, the incident I’m referring to in this case actually occurred three years ago, but the trial […]

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