Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers.— Ellen Goodman
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We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.
What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time.
The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace.
We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.
Most people do not consider dawn to be an attractive experience - unless they are still up.
Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.
The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears.
Maybe this year, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but looking for potential.
I regard this novel as a work without redeeming social value, unless it can be recycled as a cardboard box.
What he labels sexual, she labels harassment.
Today, much of journalism and politics are in a kind of collusion to oversimplify and personalize issues. No room for ambivalence. Plenty of room for the personal attack.
Ultimately, time is all you have and the idea isn't to save it, but to savour it.
Our 'mistakes' become our crucial parts, sometimes our best parts, of the lives we have made.
We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook?
In today's amphetamine world of news junkies, speed trumps thoughtfulness too often.
You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children.
But they remain your co-authors forever.
In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.
How come pleasure never makes it on to.
.. a dutiful list of do's and don'ts? Doesn't joy also get soft and flabby if you neglect to exercise it?
Slowly we adjust, but only if we have to.
The things we hate about ourselves aren't more real than things we like about ourselves.
This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved. In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage.
Age is an accumulation of life and loss. Adulthood is a series of lines crossed.
In the biotech revolution, it is the human body, not iron or steel or plastic, that's at the source. Are the biocapitalists going to be allowed to dig without consent into our genetic codes, then market them?
Values are not trendy items that are casually traded in.
Once upon a time we were just plain people.
But that was before we began having relationships with mechanical systems. Get involved with a machine and sooner or later you are reduced to a factor.
I wonder whether our adoption of Shrink-ese as a second language, the move from religious phrases of judgment to secular words of acceptance, hasn't also produced a moral lobotomy. In the reluctance, the aversion to being judgmental, are we disabled from making any judgments at all?
We have become a nation of Kodachrome, Nikon, Instamatic addicts.
But we haven't yet developed a clear idea of the ethics of picture-taking. ... Where do we get the right to bring other people home in a canister? Where did we lose the right to control our image?
The same people who tell us that smoking doesn't cause cancer are now telling us that advertising cigarettes doesn't cause smoking.
instant opinion is an oxymoron. You don't get real opinions in an instant. You get reactions.
women who once aspired to the image of superwoman now worry about becoming superdrudge. Those who wanted to have it all now ask whether they have to do it all.
All in all, I am not surprised that the people who want to unravel the social contract start with young adults. Those who are urged to feel afraid, very afraid, have both the greatest sense of independence and the most finely honed skepticism about government.
Pro-choice supporters are often heard using the cool language of the courts and the vocabulary of rights. Americans who are deeply ambivalent about abortion often miss the sound of caring.
I rewrite a great deal. I'm always fiddling, always changing something. I'll write a few words - then I'll change them. I add. I subtract. I work and fiddle and keep working and fiddling, and I only stop at the deadline.
If there's a single message passed down from each generation of American parents to their children, it is a two-word line: Better Yourself. And if there's a temple of self-betterment in each town, it is the local school. We have worshipped there for some time.
There's a trick to the Graceful Exit.
It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over - and to let go. It means leaving what's over without denying its value.
People have been writing premature obituaries on the women's movement since its beginning.
She goes in with a prejudice and comes out with a statistic.
It is not that fathers are better or worse, not that they are more loved or criticized, but rather that they are viewed with far less intensity. There is no Philip Roth or Woody Allen or Nancy Friday who writes about fathers with a runaway excess of humor, horror ... feeling. Most of us let our fathers off the hook.
Kerry asks Americans to look at the evidence. Bush asks people to believe.
The great myth of our work-intense era is 'quality time.
' We believe we can make up for the loss of days or hours, especially with each other, by concentrated minutes. But ultimately there is no way to do one-minute mothering. There is no way to pay attention in a hurry.
The truth is that we can overhaul our surroundings, renovate our environment, talk a new game, join a new club, far more easily than we can change the way we respond emotionally. It is easier to change behavior than feelings about that behavior.
Forty is ... an age at which people have histories and options. At thirty, they had perhaps less history. At fifty, perhaps fewer options.
What advertisers call brand loyalty is merely the consumer's defense against the need to waste energy differentiating among things that barely differ.
The central paradox of motherhood is that while our children become the absolute center of our lives, they must also push us backout in the world.... But motherhood that can narrow our lives can also broaden them. It can make us focus intensely on the moment and invest heavily in the future.
We each have a litany of holiday rituals and everyday habits that we hold on to, and we often greet radical innovation with the enthusiasm of a baby meeting a new sitter. We defend against it and - not always, but often enough - reject it. Slowly we adjust, but only if we have to.
Welfare is ... the victim of national compassion fatigue.
Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds.
The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, aren't even aware of.
Women have gained access to the institutions, but not enough power to overhaul them.
My generation is the first in my species to have put fitness next to godliness on the scale of things. Keeping in shape has become the imperative of our middle age. The heaviest burden of guilt we carry into our forties is flab. Our sense of failure is measured by the grade on a stress test.
Parents remain our touchstones, fellow travelers, even after death.
They are both missing and present.