Today The Revolution Begins

  We had a few hours to kill in Salt Lake City on Monday, after skiing and before the airport. Fiddling with the radio in the tiniest rental car ever invented, a rock station cut out from its playlist for an excerpt from a Martin Luther King, Jr. speech. We parked and stopped, and just listened. Listened to words so acutely …

Vanessa McGradyToday The Revolution Begins
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Hey! Democrats! Over here!

This morning on NPR, wonky types lamented the fact that their most elusive target voting group, single women, were not coming out for local elections. We ladies are not joiners, they said. We’re supportive to the Democratic party, but not getting out to vote. It’s really quite simple math. I have a full-time job and primary custody of my nearly 3-year-old. …

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The 40licious Bride: Aftermath

It’s hard to be whatever you’d call the modern equivalent of a fairy princess for six months — building to the apex of fabulousness in which you wear the BEST DRESS you’ve ever had, partied with the BEST PEOPLE you know, and then linked up for life with the BEST LOVER you will ever meet — and then plunk down …

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I’ve never heard it said better

I am often guilty of being jaded, of thinking patriotism an overrated virtue, of empty threats to move to Paris or Canada if such-and-such happens. But then I see this man, and I love him immediately, and I remember why we are all on this patch of dirt between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and why everyone else wants to …

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40licious Hall o’ Fame: Michelle Obama

Not only does she get to regularly bed down nightly with the world’s collective crush.Not only does she teach her kids about locally grown food.Not only does she rock whatever she wears, even if it’s a big stupid plastic belt.Not only did she leave corporate America to become a community organizer. She also told Oprah this:“I think in my 40s, …

Vanessa McGrady40licious Hall o’ Fame: Michelle Obama
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Yes We Did

One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.— Martin Luther King, Jr. My friend recently asked me if I was proud to be an American. “I don’t …

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What are we?

When you’re 40licious, it’s likely that you have been many places. I’m lucky to have a list of countries I’ve visited on at least two hands, maybe three or even four if I remember hard enough. I didn’t have a corporate job for most of my life so that I could travel where and when I wanted. Now, it feels …

Vanessa McGradyWhat are we?