Susan Lapin

Who is Bari Weiss?

And why do I hope she continues her journey? As principled journalists say farewell to no-longer respectable newspapers and magazines, they are migrating to a new platform, Substack, to share their ideas and investigations. Among them is the very talented, courageous, ex-New York Times writer, Bari Weiss. She left the paper with a bang—a strongly...

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Who Needs Family

Aren’t friends enough? It is possible that entitling an article, 5 Principles for a Better Post-Pandemic You was an exercise in optimism. It certainly seems that many politicians and “experts” are warning (or working to make sure?) that we never reach that stage. Nonetheless, the above-titled essay in the November 20, 2021, issue of the...

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Don’t Tell Me a Story

Unless you also share facts I love stories. So, probably, do you. Whether Biblical, mythological, fictional, or true, stories resonate in the human soul. You might be able to force students of history to memorize dates and place names, but stories of battles, hardships and victories lead to inspiration. The problem, of course, is that...

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Kyle Rittenhouse: Fool, Zealot or Hero?

What’s a 17-year-old to do? As a public service announcement, I would like to advise grandparents to bring an emergency kit along when they visit their children’s homes. Among other items, the kit should include masking tape. This isn’t required for emergency repairs, but it might be necessary for taping one’s lips shut. That is...

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How Bad are Dr. Fauci’s Actions?

Bad enough that we don’t need to exaggerate For over four years, I listened as pundits on the left proclaimed that Donald Trump was Hitler. I stayed silent about those foolish and cruel pronouncements because no one who spoke like that would care in the slightest what I thought. However, in the past few months,...

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First Do No Harm

Is it no longer true? Tucked into the corner of your mind reserved for random facts you probably have a vague memory that doctors take a Hippocratic oath. You may recall this phrase from it: “First, do no harm.” That oath, originally involving doctors, patients and God and in use for many years, is an...

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No Batteries Needed

What will you be giving this year? Our dining room table has all but disappeared. Oh, the wood is still there, but it can’t be seen for all the boxes atop it. You see, over the course of the year, I keep in mind grandchildren’s birthdays and Chanukah presents, accumulating one of this and one...

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The Vanishing Parent

Do you remember the soccer moms of 25 years ago, back in 1996? Married, suburban, middle-class mothers with school-age children were seen as a key voting constituency favoring Bill Clinton over Bob Dole. Fast-forward to the ZOOM moms of 2021.  Married, suburban, middle-class mothers with school-age children are being seen as a key voting constituency...

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Of Soul and Friends

Can’t we all use more of both? Forging meaningful relationships takes effort, patience and time. When my husband and I moved to a new state, as we did twice in our marriage, I left behind close friends. I stay connected through the miracle of modern communication and these friends are still present in my heart,...

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3rd-Class Murders

Recently, two people whom I did not personally know but to whom I had a connection were murdered within a few days of each other. The first was British Member of Parliament, David Amess, and the second was Yandy Chirino, a police officer in Hollywood, Florida. Mr. Amess’ alleged killer is a U.K. citizen of...

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