Susan Lapin

Searching for More Bibs

Have you seen those “Where are they now?” notices on your computer? They refer to the cast of a TV show that has been off the air for a while. If you are avoiding work you can spend too many minutes catching up on the lives of people about whom you would otherwise never think. […]

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From Bibs to Boardrooms (pub. Oct. 30, 2008)

      I had lunch the other month with a powerful group of women. Around the table sat a highly intelligent and accomplished bunch made up of small business owners, executives, and/or entrepreneurs.   I didn’t meet these women through a business organization or college alumnae program. We actually met many years ago, when

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Primary Focus

  My state’s primary ballot arrived in the mail last week. Some of my choices are easy, such as choosing among the fifteen – fifteen!- candidates running for the U.S. Senate. But some of the choices stump me, particularly one three way race for a local judge position. Reading each candidate’s statement for this nonpartisan

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One Can’t Be Undone

Earlier this month one more article extolling smaller families hit the newsstands – it was titled, “One and Done.” It claimed that the notion of the only child being spoiled and maladjusted was unsubstantiated; just a deeply held myth. While conceding possible societal and individual costs if one child families became prevalent, the author argued

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With Charity for All? Not Exactly

  Economists and politicians can debate whether extending unemployment benefits is a needed crutch in hard times or whether doing so discourages too many people from searching wholeheartedly for work. Society, though, might gain from a different approach. It is an approach that I believe the author of the words, “with malice toward none; with

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Split Opinion

  Well. You certainly had a lot to say!  When I wrote about 16 year old Abby Sunderland’s solo boat trip, I didn’t realize how passionately many of you felt on the subject – and how your opinions would fall on both sides of the issue. Assuming that Abby’s parents were loving and conscientious, I

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Time for Literacy Tests

  An air of confusion hangs over Alvin Greene’s victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary. The candidate for the U.S. Senate seemingly came out of nowhere to receive 59% of the vote. Allegations of dirty tricks have been made, but so far none have been substantiated.   Anecdotal evidence suggests that many did indeed

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The Child Equation

  Reading an article in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal entitled, “The Case for More Kids,” gave me the impression its real headline should have been, “Having Kids Isn’t as Bad as You Might Think, but It’s Still Pretty Bad.” A sunny, optimistic view of family it was not. Maybe I am overly sensitive but phrases

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  .   “…it seems everybody is eager to pounce on my story now that something bad has happened.”   We spent a fair amount of time in the car last week, which included listening to more radio news than usual. At the time, newscasters were fixated on Abby Sunderland, the 16 year old sailor

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Building a ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Home in a ‘Gossip Girl’ World

  Have you ever seen the TV show, Gossip Girl? Well, I haven’t, which means that I went out on a limb a bit by mentioning it in the title of a presentation I am giving in a few weeks, “Building a Little House on the Prairie Home in a Gossip Girl World.” I thought

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