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All-American Potato Salad

July 3, 2012


THE FRENCH make potato salad with olive oil and wine, the Germans like it warm with bacon, Sicilians reportedly add fava beans. Americans have their own tradition. They eat potato salad with sugar in it.

Horrors! Sugar is evil. Okay, be that way. Nevertheless, that is our heritage, and until the federal government bans potato salad (or rather imposes a fine on those who eat it), it’s a good thing to participate in this exalted tradition once in a while.

Here is an excellent recipe for an American-style potato salad. The dressing, which is also good on macaroni salad, is adapted from Roy Finamore’s book One Potato, Two Potato and originally came from a vendor at the Union Square Market in New York City.  Read More »


Age of Fitness, Age of Exhaustion

July 3, 2012


IAN writes:

Thank you for your wonderful site. I discovered it about six months ago and have been reading faithfully since. This is my first time writing you.

I was wondering if you had any old posts on the modern obsession over exercise, especially among women. A conservative friend of mine recently accused me of being a feminist when I wrote to him in an e-mail that the modern obsession of women over exercise evinced an inappropriate focus on looks. Specifically, I wrote the following:

[G]irls should be concerned about their weight if they are overweight. But there is a drive for women to look ‘hot,’ which is not healthy from both a physical and spiritual point of view. Read More »


A Voice Against International Adoption

July 3, 2012


Angelina Jolie, the glamorous face of international adoption


I read with great interest your April 5th story, titled “The Confession of Joyce Maynard.”

I was adopted from a German orphanage by an American couple, one of about 10,000 German children adopted by U.S. citizens during the 1950s-1970s. In this television interview, I describe international adoption from a unique perspective — that of a foreign orphan adopted to America — and the harm caused by uprooting children from their native countries and cultures.

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“Health” — A Ruined Word

July 3, 2012


TEXANNE writes:

Many who support Obamacare, and many who are ambivalent and confused as to whether it will help their own immediate personal situation, think only about “health care” as a basic necessity or even believe it is a “human right” to receive it. Read More »

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