This might seem like a stretch, but hear me out. You can learn a lot about the experiences of infertility in today’s America, by watching the Regency England romance novel turned Shondaland confection on Netflix — “Bridgerton” (the most watched show they’ve had with 82 million households streaming it).

If you haven’t watched it and don’t want any spoilers STOP READING.

The link started for me when we got Daphne married off to her love under the ruse that he couldn’t have kids. She might have thought that he had male factor infertility, which was alluded to as a reason…


In 2014, after my first IVF cycle ended in a hemorrhagic cyst and my second cycle yielded only one viable embryo, the doctor told almost-35-year-old me that I should not wait too long to come back and (pay for) a third IVF cycle as my fertility was “in rapid decline.” I sobbed in the parking garage after that appointment. It was only a few short months after the stillborn of my naturally conceived son and the doctor’s “diagnosis” made me think that it would be nothing short of a miracle to have just one child.

As I write this listening…


If you are a patriotic American, as I am, you agree that America is a unique country who plays an important role as an example to the world for our democracy, free press and “melting pot” populace. All of these assets benefit from our long history of welcoming and integrating refugees. “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was commissioned in 1876 to commemorate the centennial of US Declaration of Independence and on the heels of the Union prevailing in the Civil War- the statue was to honor America’s ideals of democracy and freedom and became the iconic symbol of…


(Very) Local Action on International Women’s Day

As an American woman on International Women’s Day, I am lucky to have the choice of which of the many issues affecting women in my community and around the world to advocate for. I don’t take this choice lightly. With women working around me still earning an average of 78 cents to the dollar our male counterparts earn for the same work and women across the economic spectrum still facing gender-related discrimination and violence, I am aware that we still have a long road to travel to true gender equality.

But I also know that American women have considerable power…


It’s a sign of the times that Mark Bittman is signing off from his post as the New York Times food opinion writer this month (double pun, intended). Although he had been writing about food, restaurants, and recipes for the Times for years, Bittman started a fresh chapter at the Grey Lady at the start of 2011, by taking up the topic of food politics and food system issues in a new column. …

Ellen Gustafson

Co-Founder, Military Family Building Coalition. Mom of 3 Miracles. Author, "We the Eaters". Co-Founder, FEED. Sister on the Planet Ambassador, Oxfam.

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