Many, many years ago, when my husband and I were much younger parents, we discussed how we were going to handle talking with our child about all things related to puberty and being a teenager. My husband did actual research into the topic, and ended up purchasing a copy of “It’s Perfectly Normal”. I, on the other hand, did exactly zero research and instead announced that I would just plunk our kid down in front of reruns of Degrassi Junior High, as is the tradition of my people.

MOST EMBARRASSING BOOK FOR PRE-TEENS EVER

My husband chuckled indulgently at me upon this declaration and did not…


Like many New Yorkers, I spent Election Day at the polls…only this time, I was behind the registration table. Knowing that many retired Brooklynites would not want to risk their health working this year, my husband and I, both dedicated lefties, opted to sign up to help as poll workers. My husband was assigned to our own local polling place, here on the Prospect/Crown Heights border. I was assigned to south Borough Park, five miles and a world away, the heart of mask-denying, pro-Trump, Orthodox Brooklyn.

I’m Jewish…but I’m Reform Jewish. I belong to a left-wing temple that participates in…


I’ve had a lot of metaphors for how I’ve felt since the COVID-19 crisis started. The most frequent I use for myself is an image where my mind is clogged with short pieces of thread, a drifting mass of incomplete thoughts that I am constantly trying, and failing, to braid together into coherent strings. This is often at its worst when I have not taken the time or headspace for myself, which I need in order to focus on smoothing all those little pieces of thread out. Once I parse through my thoughts, I can often transform all those incomplete…


Two of my right wing friends got into a conversation on my Facebook page last night. Both are conservative Jews, and are strong supporters of the right wing’s pro-Israel stance. They asked, what was the objective of the Women’s March? Was there a meaning to the protest? Would we take anything out of it moving forward? Why were we marching for abortion rights when Trump would still have to get the Supreme Court to repeal the law? …


Do not ask me why I read the comments. It is always a mistake. Whatever the topic now, it manages to devolve into a set of crystallized black and white beliefs from the Left and the Right. This year’s crop of holiday messages has been the worst yet, as people have used those as jumping-off points to insult and express their dislike of the politicians posting those good wishes.

It’s impossible to see good in any comments anymore. The right jumps in to say that we Lefties are all “libtards” (officially my Most Hated Term Ever) and refuse to see…


Science Is Not Subjective

Last week, Donald Trump sat down with the New York Times to provide a full interview. During that interview, he promised to keep “an open mind” on climate change. This is a step more moderate than his statements from the campaign trail. Trump’s “open mind”, however, does still extend to considering the “other side” of the climate change discussion. It’s clear that we have arrived at a point in American politics where we have aligned in partisan ways around the science of climate change. …


This is not another article about how we have to listen to the white working class men of the Upper Midwest. This is a story of how we have to listen to everyone who voted for Trump. And, it starts, in all the unlikely places, with a make up shift at that bastion of liberal values, the Park Slope Food Co-Op.

Yes, that food co-op, the one that hates Israel, where liberal elitists grab onto issues as if they were moral life rafts. Brooklyn is now a borough in which we all feel guilt, every day, for our own wealth…


Dear Fellow Liberals,

All of us shared emotional responses to the election results yesterday. Riding home at 12:30am on November 9th, I sat in a subway car of silent people, all part of the cultural mosaic of New York City, all of us staring at our feet, numb and oblivious to the pain of those around us. By 8:30am that morning, my left-wing Facebook community had exploded into a mass of grief from friends and family, unable to process how this happened. …

Jillian Tate

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