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Factual Error in The New Yorker: Is this how fake news starts?

Factual error in the New Yorker: I write this post not just for myself, but for all women whose ideas were misattributed to a man, and who were told to leave it be and not to rock the boat. My husband Sabin Howard is making a national memorial, the National […]

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Latest on the HuffPo: The Phenomenon of Lashing Out

Here’s my latest on the Huffington Post, an article about The Phenomenon of Lashing Out Trolls, Harassers, Haters, and Shamers: The Phenomenon of Lashing Out I promote my books. For one novel, I hired a publicist who turned out engaging press releases. She sent them to me for approval and […]

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My Personal Statement on Frank Gehry & the Eisenhower Memorial

What follows is my personal opinion about Frank Gehry and the Eisenhower Memorial based on my family’s experience with him. Statement about Frank Gehry I am the wife of classical figurative sculptor Sabin Howard, who was courted by Frank Gehry to be the sculptor for the Eisenhower memorial, asked to […]

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Terminator Genisys: A Review

Go see this movie, it’s GREAT! Now that my loyalty has been assuaged, let me discuss the movie more thoughtfully. This latest addition to the franchise pays loving homage to the first Terminator. For people like me who are fans of the first Terminator, that’s a beatific thing. There were […]

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Lost Parents: When High Conflict Divorce Leads to Parental Alienation

This is my latest article on the Huffington Post. It’s about Parental Alienation. I interviewed Dr. Bill Bernet on Independent Artists & Thinkers a few weeks ago. The space of time sandwiched between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can bring unique anguish for people whose children have become alienated from […]

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How to Be An Adult; Assholes: A theory; and Laws of Power

Three books: David Richo’s, Aaron James’, and Robert Greene’s. I’ve been played by a few people over the last year and a half. One was someone with whom I’d had a peripheral acquaintance in grad school, who turned out to be a deranged psycho; one was a writer who wanted […]

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Sociopaths

A man I know got involved with a sociopath, woke up to it, and is finally divesting himself of this person. It’s not easy, of course. Those people don’t want to be divested. By ‘sociopath’ I mean an empty shell of a person who uses flattery, cajoling promises, manipulation, deceit, […]

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Citizenfour: The Most Important Movie You Will Ever See

I recently finished a WWII novel, and I’m still researching the era for another, very different novel set during the same time period. Since one of my closest friends is a Bavarian woman whom I know to be a person of integrity, heart, courage, compassion, and grace, I was curious: […]

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Open Letter to Senator Schumer: Remove Me From Your List and Stop Asking Me For Money

Dear Mr. Schumer, I am a registered Democrat, so I understand why I keep getting emails from your office. However, while I voted for Obama the first time, I did not vote for him in the last election. With regret, I tell you that I am hoping the Republicans take […]

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Dump the Dump: No Marine Transfer Station at E 91st Street NYC

Some New York  city politicians are proposing a mind-boggling folly: a marine transfer station within a few yards of Asphalt Green, a widely used children’s sports facility. Writer Matthew Chapman had an excellent piece on the Huffington Post describing the sheer and EXPENSIVE stupidity of this giant garbage dump. Here […]

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Bill Maher exposing liberal hypocrisy about Islam

There are many things on which I do not agree with Bill Maher. However, I have wondered for a long time about the issues about which he speaks. Why do “liberals” throw hissy fits about so many things, but never about the gross human rights violations that are endemic to […]

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Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels.