Carolyn Moynihan

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The Real Show Stealer at the Royal Wedding Wasn't the American Preacher

Until a few hours before Saturday’s Royal Wedding (and don’t pretend you do not know which royals I am talking about) my attitude was roughly the same as this staunch Brit's – that is, I couldn’t have cared less. But as the momentous hour...

Why It's Time to Stop Mocking Sex Education that Teaches 'Just Say No'

Sometime in the not too distant past a high school girl posted the following plea on a Viacom platform called A Thin Line, whose purpose was to get teenagers to share their digital dramas: ok this one guy my so called best friend keeps...

Nomophobia: Breaking Your Cellphone Addiction

Digital addiction, or nomophobia, may not be in the DSM-5, but there’s little doubt that it exists. And there are plenty of helpful hints around about how to self-detox. Time To Log Off proposes a periodic 5:2 digital diet: five days using...

Putting a Ring on It, for the Children’s Sake

Hollywood actor, producer and professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson might be good at a few things, but marriage isn't one of them. He is divorced from his first wife (mother of his 16-year-old daughter) and has not married his current partner....

Jane Austen and the Power of the Marriage Plot

In Jane Austen’s most popular novel, Pride and Prejudice, there are two famous proposals of marriage, both addressed to the heroine Elizabeth Bennet. In one, the insufferable toady, Mr Collins, makes her an offer he thinks she can’t refuse; it is...

The Real Reason Women Avoid Careers in Math and Science

Remember James Damore, the young Google engineer who was sacked last August for resisting the company’s gender equality programme? Damore wasn’t against having more women in tech, he just did not believe the present male-female imbalance is owing to...

Isn’t Father Loss Part of Nikolas Cruz’s Story?

In the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school America is once again embroiled in a debate about how this could have happened again and how to prevent such horrific behaviour and loss of life. Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who...

Does Work Make Mothers Happy?

Last October, New York psychoanalyst and author Erica Komisar arrived for an interview on the ABC network’s Good Morning America talk show to discuss her new book, Being There: Why Prioritising Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters. Just...

A Holiday in Siberia: A Child's Story of Survival in a Soviet Concentration Camp

By the time Marysa Dac was seven years old she had spent Christmas in at least four different countries. This happened not because her father was a businessman (though he had been) or a diplomat (he was not) but because her family had the misfortune...

Can Marriage Help Prevent Dementia?

There is a lot of evidence that marriage protects your health and makes you wealthier. Some studies show that it also tends to keep your mind in good working order, and that has now been confirmed by a review of 15 studies from Europe, North and...

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