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ilona fried

Writer, Feldenkrais champion, Aikidoka and explorer of internal and external landscapes.
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We Are All Skeletons

One day, a day I am unlikely to live to see, humans will no longer care about race. Identity politics will have been relegated to the dustbin of history. Perhaps even identity as we’ve come to emphasize it – based on religion, sexuality, etc. – will be a relic of the past. One of the … Continue reading

Should We Dress as Megyn Kelly for Halloween?

I am shedding crocodile tears for Megyn Kelly, the outrageously overpaid TV personality who is losing her NBC perch thanks to her racist remarks. If you haven’t heard, she wondered aloud on air why it’s a problem for people to wear blackface for Halloween, as long as their outfit is honoring a character or an … Continue reading

When Ambition Renders Others, and the Truth, Invisible

The SCOTUS hearings dragged the country through a new low and in the process, dredged up memories from my hippocampus. What follows is not salacious or violent. A very long time ago I dated a smart and ambitious colleague. On one of our first dates, if not the very first, he bought tickets to a … Continue reading

The Catch-22 of Being Female

“Why were you so angry?” the man asked. “I don’t understand your level of anger.” He had been a middle-aged blonde and tanned resident of Belmont, MA, an upper middle class town. My College Pro Painters crew had worked on his sprawling older home in the summer of 1987, between my sophomore and junior years … Continue reading

Will America Ever Stop Celebrating Booze?

Over the summer I went to a reading and discussion at a Boston area bookstore. One of the writers made a point of remarking that the event’s host had prepared drinks for the assembled. Drinks! The writer lavished much praise upon the impromptu bartender and the free alcohol. I’m sure he wanted to acknowledge the … Continue reading

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