June 17, 2005 |
My Girl Adventures With a Teen in Training Karen Stabiner Little, Brown: 270 pp., $23.95 * Must raising an adolescent girl necessarily be heartbreaking? This question is at the center of "My Girl," a stirring narrative by journalist Karen Stabiner focusing on her experiences as her daughter Sarah moved into early adolescence.
September 8, 2002 |
In the 1990s, a slew of new studies showed that adolescent girls were in crisis. Something strange happened to girls when they reached their teens. They went from having confidence and good grades to becoming silent, self-doubting, subpar students. One of the popular theories at the time was that teachers inadvertently favored boys in the classroom. Some parents responded by sending their daughters to all-girls' schools.
May 23, 2007 |
MY oldest child will graduate from high school in a few weeks, and before I know it he'll be packing his bags and heading off to college, scarcely pausing to turn around and wave to those he's leaving behind. Conventional wisdom holds that it's easier to leave than to be left, and no matter how hard I look for comfort in "The Empty Nest," an anthology of writers who've gone through the same experience, I know it's going to be a rocky autumn.
April 13, 1997 |
Breast cancer is the devil's toy. It is capricious, ruthless and as of this writing, still out of control. I know this first hand. Nearly five years ago on a perfect June morning, I sat across from a kindly doctor who started lobbing unmentionable words to me. "Tumor." "Chemotherapy." "Mastectomy." "Reconstruction." In seconds, my sunny world went dark and ugly. My husband, whose kindness and quick wit help keep my world bright, slumped in his chair, his jaw slack. There were no words.
December 10, 1995
Applause to Dr. Susan Love, Fran Visco, Col. Irene Rich and Dr. Larry Norton for their untiring efforts in aiding the progress of breast cancer research ("The Enemy Within," by Karen Stabiner, Nov. 5). However, we need to also look at the "alternative" healing methods if we are to make any progress against this gruesome disease. After all, as Hippocrates said, "Science is long; life is short." In 1990, my doctor found I had breast and uterine cancer. I chose to use myself as a human experiment to see if I could get well by supporting my immune and healing systems using entirely inexpensive, natural means such as diet, exercise, visualization, meditation and group therapy, methods I describe in "Keep Your Breasts"; Preventing Breast Cancer the Natural Way."
October 9, 1988
Since I have never been in the position of wanting to adopt a child, I do not feel qualified to judge or even offer an opinion on the legal services offered in Karen Stabiner's "The Baby Brokers." What troubles me is the search for the "perfect" family, be it adoption or surrogate parenting. What happens to the legal contract if the child turns out not to be perfect--physically handicapped or mentally handicapped--at birth? Are adoptive parents still as eager to make this child a part of their family?
September 8, 1991
Reviewer Karen Stabiner poses an "awkward question" as she doubts the relevance of Betsy Peterson's "Dancing With Daddy" (Aug. 4) to "the rest of us." Referring to whom? The women with no history of sexual violation? The men who haven't committed any? Excluding the more general forms of sexual betrayal, more than half the women in this country, a conservative estimate, have had to shovel psychological debris for years after either rape or incest. For the rest of "us," the relevance might lie, for example, in the myth of the American family as a haven of safety and in the country's long-standing pattern of sexual violence.