- Lisa Miller
- Sunday, December 23, 2007
Lisa Miller: We all need some magic in our lives
A year ago, my 4-year-old daughter, Allie, was obsessed with trains. Now, she clomps around the house in plastic high heels every day, usually wearing a satiny pink skirt and matching top, white gloves and a tiny pink hair clip stuck arbitrarily on top of her head.
- Friday, November 30, 2007
Santa gets questioned about toys
Dear Santa, A lot has changed since my last letter to you.
- Saturday, November 10, 2007
Cheering on older mothers
A 60-year-old single Japanese woman impregnated in the United States via in-vitro fertilization made headlines last month, rekindling a bioethics debate over how and when women should become mothers.
- Saturday, October 20, 2007
Protect our youngest consumers
Last week's voluntary withdrawal of several over-the-counter infant cold medicines, including widely marketed brands such as Tylenol, PediaCare and Triaminic, raises some troubling questions.
- Saturday, September 29, 2007
Toy safety a casualty of global economy
It’s one thing to know that nearly 87 percent of toys imported by the United States come from China and another to see what that looks like in your child’s closet.
- Saturday, September 8, 2007
Culling keepsakes to move on
I was cleaning out closets and drawers, in search of items for this weekend’s Grand & Glorious Garage Sale. Allie’s nursery school needed donations, and I was sure I could come up with plenty of things we no longer needed and didn’t want.
- Saturday, July 28, 2007
Real ID raises big questions
Imagine a world where you carry all your personal information on one card, where your medical records are stored on a chip under your skin, and you access your home, car or work station with a fingerprint.
- Saturday, June 16, 2007
'Roughing it' getting redefined
We are sitting by the ashes of last night's campfire, sipping too-hot instant coffee from paper cups.
Celebrate changing role of dads
This Father's Day, families will honor and celebrate all kinds of dads.
- Saturday, May 26, 2007
On sisters, steps and solidarity
Allie is barreling around the traffic circle at her sister’s elementary school as fast as her little legs can go. After one lap, she stops in the middle of the pavement, and the big girls weave around her. "I’m tired," she
What we save, what we toss out
We are snuggled up in the Dora bed, deciding on a bedtime story. "How about your special book?" Allie asks. It's late and the story is long, but I can't say no.
- Saturday, April 14, 2007
Ingenuity, activism best hopes for climate
Storm surges. Heat waves. Coastal erosion, landslides, fire and drought. An increase in sea levels and disease. Shortages of food and water.
- Saturday, March 24, 2007
Scientists' optimism contagious
An end to war. A human colony on Mars. Novel cancer therapies. These are but a few of the responses to the 2007 Edge Annual Question, 'What are you optimistic about?'
- Saturday, March 3, 2007
Slide shows give way to digital
I am trying to complete my transition into the digital photo age. I’m not a photographer or even a photo buff, just a mom trying to preserve family memories with an average digital camera. I’ve gotten used to framing shots in the display screen, and I don’t miss buying film. My problem is what to do with the
- Saturday, February 10, 2007
Could Dahl's food fantasy come true?
When I start selling this gum in the shops it will change everything! It will be the end of all kitchens and all cooking! There will be no more marketing to do! No more buying of meat and groceries!
- Saturday, January 20, 2007
The Heelys craze calls for balance
There is no way I could walk a mile in my daughter’s shoes. Like millions of kids around the world, she is addicted to Heelys, the hybrid skate-sneakers with a removable wheel in each heel. She got them for Christmas after pining over them for months, and she has been alternately clomping and gliding across our hardwood floors ever since.