Susan Lapin

Rays of Hope

Have you ever bitten your lip while a neighbor’s child shared her adulation of Ruth Bader Ginsberg or Hillary Clinton (or Heaven help us, Kamala Harris), based on one of the many books that she is reading? Have you been unable to find a children’s biography that you are happy to own? Does your child’s...

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Normalizing the Abnormal

When talking to women looking to meet a man, they frequently say to me, “I just want to meet someone normal.” The problem is who gets to decide what is normal? My definition may be very different from yours. My views of normal certainly differ greatly from the views held by many of my fellow...

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A Different Kind of Bread Line

The great food giveaway The first time I glanced out my window and saw the line of cars, I thought it was a funeral procession. Slow-moving, inching along at a stately pace, the formation seemed never-ending. I went online to discover which important person had died. No one had. When I expressed my bafflement to...

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Putting Government in Charge of Grief

Another way to destroy capitalism? Perhaps it is time to repurpose Presidents Kennedy’s aphorism. How does “Ask not what your company can do for you, ask what you can do for your company,” sound? I’m prefacing my remarks in this way, because I imagine that the words that follow may come across as cruel, unsympathetic...

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Marie Antoinette for Supreme Court?

Condescending attitude a plus As the country prepares for Justice Breyer’s pending resignation, I don’t think that Democrats are worried that whatever liberal/Leftist is nominated will, if confirmed, become more conservative after spending time on the Supreme Court. They don’t worry about that because it doesn’t happen. Conservatives, on the other hand, justifiably fret that...

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The Unread Book Review

Is it great literature or virtue-signaling? In addition to his ‘day-job’, for many years my husband hosted a radio talk show on KVI in Seattle and then later on KSFO in San Francisco. He occasionally featured a movie review but with an unusual wrinkle. He light-heartedly claimed that while there were many reviewers who described...

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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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