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My Precarious, Precious Parents

A few Fridays ago, my parents were scheduled to pick me up at Point Pleasant train station at 1 p.m. The idea was to go to the “fine” baby store nearby so my mother could pick out a gift for an upcoming baby shower. While I was in Secaucus train station to make a connection that would have me on the train for two hours, I saw on the board that there were delays. As it turned out, I wound up on an earlier train that would get in at about 12:30 p.m. I called my mother and informed...

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Vaccines and Autism (Yes) in the Same Sentence

I’ve seen Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe. A film yanked off the schedule at the Tribeca Film Festival. Much maligned and the people maligning it hadn’t even seen it. Snatched up by the Angelika Film Center in New York City. Enter me, ticket in hand for the 1:15 showing on its first day. Producer Del Bigtree is standing outside the theatre answering questions as I head in to settle into a seat. I recognize him from a recent interview he did. At two points in an hour and a half I have to focus on not letting the tears...

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That Preventable Epidemic

A reputed national organization has called it an epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it kills nine people a day in the United States and impairs 1,153, also in a day. Parents have it in their power to do one simple thing that would greatly improve public safety. The looming question is, will they do it? Or will they be arrogant and think they know better in the face of actual studies? The death toll is rising. Experts have weighed in, but in many cases it’s falling on deaf ears. Parents think they know...

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An Open Letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama – Thank you for taking the time to read this. I’ll get right to it. I voted for you twice. I have no regrets. I was a strong supporter of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act specifically. However, I think you have a bit more work to do there, emphasis on reform. At the risk of getting my liberal card revoked, I must say out loud in print that I am getting screwed by the ACA. You see, somewhere between conservative media that won’t acknowledge anything positive has come out of the ACA and...

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I Thought I Was Fat

As I sifted through old photographs my mother had just handed me all neatly contained in a plastic bag, I kept having the same thought over and over: How did I ever believe I was fat back then? There I was in one photo, in shorts, not even on the borderline of fat. I was trim. In another picture, more shorts, more thin. In yet another, I have an actual waist, nicely accentuated with a belt. Bathing suit shots from resorts I visited in my 20s show a well-proportioned woman with an hourglass figure; she isn’t fat either. It...

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