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Let’s Stick a Fork in the Term Mental Retardation

posted Friday December 16th, 2016

  The other day I took Annabelle, Sophie’s big sister, to a doctor appointment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The doctor recommended a flu shot and, glancing at the consent form, I noticed the term “mental retardation.” In 2016. Look, I get that in the scheme of things this is not a big deal. Frankly, I’d rather […]


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End the R Word — And the Attitude

posted Wednesday March 4th, 2015

I don’t hear it so much anymore, so I was surprised. “I’m so retarded!” a brand-new employee said the other day, struggling to open a door with a new key card. We were coming back from lunch, and as we walked to the security office to get the key card, I’d winced a little, thinking […]


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More Complicated Than That.

posted Sunday January 20th, 2013

The other night at a gallery opening, a beautiful woman I don’t know very well approached me in tears. “I need to tell you I’m sorry,” she said. “Do you know why?” I did. Back up 20 minutes. I was having a pleasant conversation with this woman and her date, a writer in from LA […]


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