Couples Therapy Podcasts in The New York Times

  • April 8, 2019 11:53 am

I had a great time reporting this story on couples therapy podcasts for The New York Times. I may even have learned a few things to try at home, especially when talking to Esther Perel.

40s Project

  • February 17, 2019 10:13 am

A project I’ve been working on with my friend Maura Egan landed today on Refinery29: No, You Can’t Have It All — & That’s Okay. We’ve really been amused and comforted by talking to other women abut how they are navigating their forties — parenting and adulting while balancing work, kids, aging parents, sagging boobs, Instagram, downward mobility, gray hair, and so much more. We’ve been getting interesting feedback. Glad to know we’re not alone in our modern midlife crises.

Recent Writing: New York Times, Moms Clean Air Force, Yahoo Style

  • December 15, 2015 9:56 pm

I have been busily writing. At the moment, given the state of the world (climate talks in Paris yielding not as much as they should, war, refugees, unreal hatred aka Trump), I have been feeling the need to just report stories that are fun to read. They’re soothing to report. Which is how I wound up writing about modern school photos for The New York Times. Gone are the ugly portraits of the past; the new look is sort of like a J.Crew catalog and very frame-able for your desk. Not everyone is a fan.

But I can’t help but write about climate, no matter how upsetting, so I typed up some musings on how climate change is linked to the food we eat day in and day out for Moms Clean Air Force. I also have a recent post for them on solar farms and why I love them.

It’s going to take a lot of innovation to fix the environmental state of affairs, which is why I was also pleased to write about eco-futuristic replacements for leather for Yahoo Style. I really like the jellyfish leather bag, just saying. We need all hands on to fix the woes of the world, including the fashion industry.

Hudson Valley Hookup aka Tick Checking in The New York Times

  • August 13, 2015 5:25 pm

I not-so-recently relocated to the Hudson Valley. Here we have a deep well and are surrounded by the farms that grow our food, among other amazing comforts. As a lifelong urban girl, my time in the woods has been hilarious, wonderful, frustrating, trying. I am such a fish out of water, but I no longer think about nature deficit disorder! There are many things–big and small–that scare me up here. Put me on a subway at 3am no problem, but show me a tick crawling across my 2-year-old and aaaaa! Tick-borne disease is on the rise. It’s terrifying. Neighbors and friends all around me are diagnosed weekly. It’s not just Lyme. It’s co-infections and more. Some of them are suffering chronically. So we all endlessly tick check. Day in and day out. Night in and night out. Searching and searching. And we wear a lot of white stuff tucked into white socks. I realize not everyone actually tick checks. So I decided to write about it — why to, how to, who else is checking (Jill Kargman from Odd Mom Out, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, and some Kardashians, among others). The result is here, in The New York Times. Tonight make sure to check you and yours!

(Also, very pleased to have entered Hudson Valley hookup into the Times lexicon.)

Moms Clean Air Force Posts

  • July 29, 2015 1:57 pm

I’ve been doing some writing again lately for Moms Clean Air Force. So glad to be part of their impressive mission. My latest posts cover links between air pollution and autism, and an essay on why I find protecting my children from toxic chemicals to be empowering (if annoying — I’d rather the government truly protect us and I could get back to more fun parenting tasks).

If you’re not yet familiar with MCAF’s work, check them out!

Chatting Green with Marlo Thomas

  • September 5, 2013 9:53 am

Alexandra Zissu and Marlo Thomas

I had great time talking about everything green living and environmental health with Marlo Thomas a few weeks back for her Huffington Post show, Mondays with Marlo. Check it out here.

Horticultural Society Event — 9/24

  • September 5, 2013 9:06 am

I’ll be sharing my ten tips for greening a family even in an urban environment at a Horticultural Society event on 9/24. Join me?

Hey, Halle Berry! What’s In Your Perfume?

  • May 16, 2013 8:18 pm

I’ve started a petition over at Change.org asking Halle Berry to fully disclose the ingredients in her Coty, Inc. fragrances. Would you please sign and share it? Thanks!

From the petition (there’s more at Change.org):

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I started researching environmental health concerns. I’m a journalist so my research became a book, co-authored with a close friend: The Complete Organic Pregnancy. Eight years, three more books, and a new four-month-old daughter later, I’m still alarmed by how many unsafe substances my girls—and all children—are exposed to daily. It upsets me how much is unknown. It’s impossible to safeguard kids against the unknown.

If the press is to be believed, this is something the actress Halle Berry worries about, too. She’s pregnant with her second child. During her first pregnancy, it was reported that she was interested in organics and was planning an eco-friendly nursery.

That’s why I’m asking her, mom to mom, to use her considerable influence as a celebrity to help close a consumer health loophole that a lot of people don’t even know about.

Fragrances—which are in everything from perfumes to lotions to diapers to food –are considered government protected trade secrets. This means that companies don’t have to tell consumers which chemicals make up the “fragrance” on their product’s ingredient list. The word “fragrance” is a placeholder for unknown mixtures of potentially hundreds of chemicals.

The problem? Many of the undisclosed ingredients in any given fragrance have been linked in various studies to allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, and even cancer. In one study, one of Halle Berry’s perfumes was found to contain several of these toxic chemicals.

Halle Berry has five perfumes in her name. Her latest fragrance, Closer, is up for a popular fragrance of the year award. I’m asking her, as another mom who cares about children’s health and the environment, to set a trend by disclosing the individual ingredients in her perfumes. It would be great if Coty, Inc. stopped using potentially unsafe chemicals, but if they at least tell consumers what’s in the Halle Berry perfumes, it’s one less unknown for us parents. I hope it will inspire other fragrance manufacturers to be more transparent, too.

Healthy Child Healthy World

  • April 2, 2013 8:40 pm

I’m still not entirely back up to speed since having a baby in December. Such is life. That said I’m thrilled and delighted to be working with Healthy Child Healthy World. While I’m not back to posting here on my own blog, I am writing over on their blog if you’re in the mood to read something recent.

Maternity Slow Down

  • January 11, 2013 12:50 pm

As of mid-December I’m home getting to know my newborn and working, writing, and posting less (or not at all). I should be back up and running at some point in February. If you send me a question for a Q&A in the interim, I will file it for then.

Happy 2013!