The Dark Side of Thanksgiving: Blackout Wednesday

Thanksgiving eve should be a warm and fuzzy family night as college students return home and older adult children who live a distance fly back to the nest. More likely, the college kids will dump their bags by the front door and dash out again to catch up with high school chums. While the older 20-something siblings might make it through dinner, they, too, then will head out to a local bar or party. The night before Thanksgiving has become …

Affluenza? Really?

If you haven’t been under a rock for the past few days, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Texas drunk driving case in which a teenager from a wealthy family avoided prison time thanks to his “affluenza” defense. Lawyers for 16-year-old Ethan Couch found a psychologist to testify - as an expert witness – that his wealthy and contentious home life led him to believe that his reckless actions had no consequences. How his attitude differs from that of some kids I …

4 Explosive Facts About July 4th

What’s not to like about the Fourth of July? For most of us, it’s a holiday, meaning that it’s a day of play instead of a day of work. And then there’s all the fun stuff associated with Independence Day: fireworks, parades, picnics and barbecues, fairs, carnivals, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies. What other day of the year has all that? >> Healthy Fourth of July Recipes Unfortunately, however, there are a few less-than-dandy things …

Frank R. Lautenberg: Oldest U.S. Senator, Last World War II Vet

Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died on June 3 at age 89 in New York City, was the oldest sitting member of the Senate by a decade – California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who turns 80 in a few weeks, now takes his place – and the last remaining veteran of World War II. (Here’s a Wikipedia list of U.S. Senators by age). But that’s not the half of it. Lautenberg, the son of a silk-mill laborer, served in the U.S. Army Signal …

Herbert Moskowitz: The Psychologist Who Made Our Roads a Lot Safer

These days, if you’re behind the wheel with alcohol on your breath and you get stopped by police, you’re in big trouble. Cindy Lightner and the organization she founded in 1980, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), deserve a lot of the credit for that, by raising public awareness of how drunk drivers were causing carnage on the roads and by pressing for tougher laws against driving while intoxicated. But an experimental psychologist, Herbert Moskowitz, should get some of the credit …