French moms have the most children in Western Europe--because it's possible for them to, thanks to government .
Quartz released a report showing recent data for the trends for babies born in…the EU in 2015. What the data showed is interesting, to say the least. For instance, French women are having nearly two kids each, which is about what it needs to "keep its population steady." Italian moms, however, only usually have one child. Here is why French moms may be having more kids more easily, according… >> Read More
My oldest son graduated high-school in June. Now he is headed off to college–after a gap year studying Russian in Moldova, which my Soviet-born parents are not ecstatic about, as I wrote…here. Back in 2015, I wrote about how I will not be sending any of my children to anti-Semitic universities. While I 100% support students’ right to free speech, I feel no compulsion to support that Constitutionally-protected free speech with my money. I feel exactly the same way about businesses that discriminate against interracial couples.… >> Read More
My home is filled with beautiful things I inherited from my grandparents: jade-green glass plates made during the Depression, Tiffany-blue enamel lamps, an antique wooden music stand.
Yet the most…significant inheritance from them is practically invisible. It’s microscopic. No one knew it was there at all until one day it came roaring to life in the DNA of my younger daughter, Rebecca. I grew up with my Nana Ray’s stories. My grandmother was born into poverty in Queens, when it was still farmland, and she… >> Read More
What’s it like being hospitalized in an inpatient psychiatric setting—or the fifth time? Well, it certainly is neither easy nor comfortable. I had my fifth stint this past week after months of…severe depression that brought me to places that now feel unimaginable. My negative thoughts told me such horrendous things about myself, that looking back now, I cannot fathom how I got through my days. What made my stay even more difficult was that I am a wife and a mom to a 7-year-old girl. Being… >> Read More
Laura Berger is a badass visual artist who works with the female body in her art--as a way to connect and explore human interaction. Her work, which utilizes soft colors and geometric shapes and…lines, creates a welcome journey into the concepts of independence mixed with community and presence. Berger told BUST why she decided to explore this topic: "I'm interested in and inspired by rituals, symbols, nature, dreams, travel, our quest for self-development and freedom, and how we piece it together to create personal meaning and a sense… >> Read More