Irene Gómez

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She was found pushing her dead son on a swing. Now she lives with what she lost.

Wrapped in a black coat, Romechia Simms walks through a cemetery in Southern Maryland on a cold March day, tiptoeing around headstones, making her way to the grave of her 3-year-old son.<p>She’s still grieving for him, still trying to forgive herself for how Ji’Aire Donnell Lee died — on a swing in a …

Living Rooms

Telling JJ

Published on September 18, 2015<p>The fifth-grader with cornrows stepped from an elevator at Children’s National Medical Center and walked over the polished tile floor she had first crossed in a baby carrier. She rounded a corner and opened the door to Room 3400, its purposely generic name inscribed …

Empathy

Citizenship can feel like a guilty privilege when your parents are undocumented

AUSTIN, Texas—Zaira Garcia was 12 years old when she realized that her dad has no rights in the United States.<p>She remembers the exact moment it …

When Resumes Are Made ‘Whiter’ to Please Potential Employers - The Atlantic

For some time now, business-school professors and HR professionals have touted the virtues of diversity in the workplace, encouraging companies and their executives to take action. The typical rationales range from moral arguments—that it’s simply the right thing to do—to more practical …

Résumés

Why Brussels?

In many ways, the Belgian capital had been expecting exactly this type of attack.<p>“That which we feared has happened. Our country and our people have been hit by two attacks that were blind, violent and cowardly.”<p>So said Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel this morning, speaking in the immediate …

Zika tests Catholic position on birth control

<b>(CNN) —</b> Zika-infected mosquitoes aren't just causing medical problems, they're creating a theological conundrum for the Roman Catholic Church, according to priests and other experts.<p>The church has long forbidden nearly every form of birth control, but health officials in some Latin American …

Public Health

10 Things No One Tells You About Being An Adult That Would Really Help With This Whole Adulthood Thing

<i>Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: What is it that nobody tells you about adult life? Here is one of the best answers that’s been pulled from</i> …

Hey Girl: You Don’t Have To Shave Anything You Don’t Want To

About a year ago, I stopped shaving my oxters and my, ahem, “map of Tasmania.”<p>I was in the shower and I was about to shave my armpits again like I …

How To Make Your Kids Smarter: 10 Steps Backed By Science

I’ve explored the science behind what makes kids happier, what type of parenting works best and what makes for joyful families.<p>But <b>what makes children</b> …

How to Unlock Netflix’s Hidden Categories

Ever get frustrated with the limited options that Netflix offers you when you log onto the home page? There are thousands upon thousands of TV shows …

All Windows Users Can Now Translate Speech in Real Time

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What Nobody Says About Austin

When I moved to Austin in the fall of 2008 to teach at the University of Texas, I was the envy of nearly everyone I knew. Wasn’t it the coolest city …

Women in Combat, in Their Own Words

Long before the Pentagon's announcement, women were already embedded in the front lines of Afghanistan. All-female Cultural Support Teams (CSTs) served a unique purpose to engage with women and children on the ground, and to gather valuable intelligence—but these women soldiers were also in the …

Sorry, grammar nerds. The singular ‘they’ has been declared Word of the Year.

Singular "they," the gender-neutral pronoun, has been named the Word of the Year by a crowd of over 200 linguists at the American Dialect Society's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening.<p>In a landslide vote, the language experts chose singular they over "thanks, Obama," ammosexual, …

Language

Check Yourself: Sometimes You Are The Toxic Person

We all love to lament about toxic people. In fact, the Internet seems to have blown up overnight with articles about them.<p><i>“How To Tell If Someone Is</i> …

Nicholas Sparks Romance Novels, But For People Who Are In Love With Food

Hey, y’all, recently I’ve been failing at my diet, which isn’t anything particularly difficult to follow, other than simply: don’t eat garbage …

BBC World Service - Outlook, Breaking Bad's disabled star

RJ Mitte stars as Walt Jr. in the hit American TV series Breaking Bad. Like his character, RJ has cerebral palsy - a neurological condition that affects movement and coordination. (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images.)

Your 20s Don’t Have To Be So Difficult, Here’s How To Make This Decade Run Smoothly

<i>Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: What advice do you wish you had been given in your twenties? Here is one of the best answers that’s been</i> …

'A Bit Of A Montessori 2.0': Khan Academy Opens A Lab School

In 2015, Khan Academy, which pioneered free, online video tutorials and lectures that have reached millions of students around the world, sought new ways of reaching new people.<p>It had already partnered with everyone from NASA to the Museum of Modern Art, and this past year Khan joined forces with …

Education

Kids And Screen Time: A Peek At Upcoming Guidance

Here's a stark fact: Most American children spend more time consuming electronic media than they do in school.<p>According to Common Sense Media, tweens log 4 1/2 hours of screen time a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. For teens, it's even higher: nearly seven hours a day. And that doesn't …

Foster Care

'Boys Have Deep Emotional Lives'

How parents, teachers, and schools can better understand young men: a conversation with Rosalind Wiseman about her new book, Masterminds and Wingmen.<p>Before Rosalind Wiseman's 2002 book <i>Queen Bees and Wannabes</i> was published, her agent asked if she would talk to a woman named Tina Fey. Wiseman, a new …

The Incredible Thing We Do During Conversations

When we take turns speaking, we chime in after a culturally universal short gap.<p>One of the greatest human skills becomes evident during conversations. It’s there, not in what we say but in what we don’t. It’s there in the pauses, the silences, the gaps between the end of my words and the start of …

Blowhards, Beware: Megyn Kelly Will Slay You Now

The brightest star at Fox News, Megyn Kelly is a newly minted role model for women who sees her gender as irrelevant, and a conservative champion who transcends politics with her skillful skewering of windbags of both parties, most notably Donald Trump. Evgenia Peretz gets to know the woman behind …

Presidential Debate

Civil Rights At Issue In Korea, But Not The Korea You'd Expect

When you hear about rights abuses on the Korean peninsula, the conversation usually focuses on North Korea. But lately, the North's democratic neighbor, South Korea, is also drawing international concern for how its government is dealing with dissent.<p>In November, 60,000 people showed up in downtown …

South Korea

Stop 'Defending' Music Education

Today I ran across one more xeroxed handout touting the test-taking benefits of music education, defending music as a great tool for raising test scores and making students smarter. It was just one more example among many of the "keep music because it helps with other things" pieces out there.<p>I …