Faith & Prayer
American Idol and AT&T: Fair Play or No Fair?
I’m the type of American Idol viewer who tunes in for a few songs, maybe follows one or two contestants until they’re voted off, and usually misses out on all the good controversy. So I can’t say that I’m the die-hard fan who screams foul if my pick doesn’t win, or laments that it’s the…
13-Year-Old Daniel Hauser Refusing Chemo On Religious Grounds; Court Orders Treatment
Over the past couple of weeks, the news has been filled with headlines about 13-year-old Daniel Hauser, a Minnesota boy diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Citing religious grounds (the family are members of the Nemenhah Band of Native Americans, who are proponents of natural healing methods), the boy and his mother began refusing chemotherapy after a single…
The Weekend Wuss-Out–Musings On the Ethics & Responsibilities of Friendship
This Memorial Day Weekend has been a long and busy one for my family. My brother’s wedding took place (yippie! Mazel Tov, guys) so I spent the last three days in a flurry of bachelorette parties, rehearsals, rehearsal dinners, and finally the main event. Then today my husband had a good friend of his over…
Still Room for National Boundaries?
I recently got into a somewhat heated discussion with a close friend. It wasn’t meant to be heated – I’d asked a pretty simple question, “Do you think you care more about what happens to an American vs. what happens to, say, a Canadian?” Cue fireworks! Okay, so maybe the question wasn’t so innocuous.
A Bernie Madoff Schadenfreude Story
Schadenfreude–nounsatisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune. I once had a boss so mean I woke up in dread each morning, and lay awake every night fearfully, fantasizing about what terrors lay ahead for me the next day. She belittled me, berated me, treated me with contempt–even called me stupid to my face. She…
Why Can’t I Recycle? A Case of Grocery Bag Guilt
Why, oh why, am I so completely and utterly incapable of remembering to bring recyclable bags with me to the grocery store? It’s not like I haven’t got any…. Heck, I have canvas totes from conventions past and beach vacations yet-to-come cluttering up my closets, falling out of cabinets, coming out the yin-yang and falling…
Your Ethical Advice, Dear Reader?
Instead of the normal blog post contemplating one topic, I thought I’d share a slice of my daily internal monologue. In advance, I both warn and agree with you: Yes, I will most likely question myself into an early grave. New York City is wonderful for meandering, one of my favorite ‘activities’. It’s also…
Should I Facebook My Way to a More Authentic Self?
One of the reasons this blog came to be was a desire to be more authentic while searching for the answers to our ethical dilemmas. While we’re far from the experts on how to be authentic, we are on a continuous journey to figure it out. Personally, when I remove myself from my professional and…
Pregnant At 66…?!?
I was just watching this Diane Sawyer clip (see video embedded below) on ABC News about the 66-year-old British woman, Elizabeth Adeney, now 8 months pregnant and soon to become the UK’s oldest-ever mother. She’s a successful career woman who chose to have in vitro fertilization in the Ukraine after being denied the treatment in Britain…
Keeping the Tags On That Dress–Just In Case
My brother’s wedding is right around the corner, and what do you know, I’m a bridesmaid. Luckily, my fantastic sister-in-law-to-be chose a great dress for her bridesmaids (thank you!), which is very wearable and wasn’t too expensive either. Just another sign he’s marrying the right person–yay! So, I snipped the tags off the minute I…
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