Emma Freire

Emma Freire is a writer living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has also been published in The Federalist and The American Conservative.

Recent blog posts by this author

Sorry, Marie Kondo. Most People Have Too Little Stuff.

Marie Kondo’s Netflix show “Tidying Up” is a hit. Apparently, Americans love watching other people throw stuff into trash bags - saying “thank you” to each item first, per the KonMari method. In each episode, Kondo cheerfully sweeps into a new...

Netherlands Moving Towards Euthanasia for the Healthy

The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia in 2002. Today, they are still the global pioneers. The Dutch keep pushing the boundaries wider and wider. Euthanasia is becoming increasingly common. In 2017 (the last...

4 Ways to Navigate Toddler Meltdowns While Shopping

What’s worse than being stuck in a long line at the supermarket? Being stuck in a long line at the supermarket while your child is having a meltdown. Every parent has been there, and it’s every parent’s worst nightmare. My kids are four and two...

A Simple Solution for Loneliness

“Are you lonesome tonight?” Elvis Presley asked that question in 1960 in one his most famous songs. Today, unfortunately, the answer for many Americans is “yes.” Modern loneliness is often described as an “epidemic.” That specific term may be a...

Are Plastic Straws the New Smoking?

Plastic straw bans are taking America by storm. Local governments across the country are jumping on the band wagon. Last week, the Washington Post shadowed a health inspector visiting D.C. restaurants to see if they were complying with the city’s...

Should You Give Up Your Metro Seat to a Pregnant Woman?

Should you give up your seat on public transport to a pregnant woman? Probably a majority of people would answer “yes” to that question. But how does that work in practice? The London Underground has a creative solution. They offer expectant...

What 1990s True-Crime Shows and Movies Teach about America Today

“The more things change the more they stay the same.” Originally a French saying believed to have been coined in 1849, this phrase perfectly describes our current national obsession with revisiting the great media frenzies of the 1990s.  In...

The Profession that Dare Not Speak Its Name

Hello, my name is Emma and I’m a stay-at-home mother. Or…no…wait! I’m a work-at-home mother. Actually, it might be more accurate to say that I’m the chief executive officer of my home. Whenever I try to tell people what I do with my life, I get...

Meghan Markle Spent a Lot More on Clothes Than Kate in 2018. Here’s Why.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is enjoying the perks of royalty and it has come back to bite her. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the @RoyalVariety Performance at the London Palladium on Monday 19th November. #...

Three Selfish Reasons Not to Divorce in 2019

Americans have just celebrated Christmas and we’re about to celebrate New Year’s Eve. But did you know there’s an unofficial holiday coming up on January 7? It’s called Divorce Monday. That’s the first Monday after New Year’s, and every year it has...

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