The Tragic Mystery of Suicide
, May 2008

In the space of one year the number of young women taking their own lives rose dramatically…and experts are scrambling to find out why. Here are two heartbreaking true stories of two girls who succumbed to despair and one who survived…..

Caught in the Middle
Family Circle
, April 2008

For Joanna Fernandez, middle school was a total shock to the system. She’d been a smart, sunny kid—until she started sixth grade in Stafford, Virginia…..

A House On The Cape
Budget Travel
, March 2008

With towering headlands covered in jack pine, a crescent of white sand bisected by a creek, and slabs of red granite half submerged in the surf, Black Brook Beach is the kind of coastline that inspires artists and poets. In me, however, it was inspiring only frustration….

A View With a Room
Budget Travel, March 2007

The spectacular coast of Croatia is studded with lighthouses that have helped sailors find safe harbor for centuries. Eleven of them have vacation rentals—simple apartments that allow guests to play keeper for a week…

Keeping It Red
Organic Style, April 2004

My husband, Nick, and I had just finished a two-hour morning yoga-and-chanting session in the Indian town of Rishikesh and were sitting in a tea shop alongside the Ganges River, taking a postpractice libation with our yogi. A breeze blew down the gorge, cooling the air…

Pas de Deux
Time Out New York
, July 2003

The news that Diane Johnson’s popular 1997 novel, Le Divorce, was headed for the big screen elicited a certain horror among some loyalists—would the beloved book be butchered? But then came a sigh of relief, for this was to be a Merchant Ivory production…

The Killing Fields
Details, February 2002

On the morning of June 15, 2000, one of America’s most unlikely terrorists awoke in jail, with a gnawing sense that a lousy day awaited him. Incarceration wasn’t the problem; in the year and a half since Jeffrey Luers, now 23, had moved to Oregon, he’d been arrested more than a dozen times…

The Raw Deal
Gastronomica, February 2002

On a warm May evening in the basement of a midtown Manhattan building, members of a raw foods support group are hotly debating watermelon rinds. “I like to eat them,” asserts one forty-ish woman wearing a peasant blouse and Birkenstocks…

Meet The New Boss – Questions for Dr. Sima Samar
The New York Times Magazine, December 23, 2001

Why do you think you were picked as minister for women’s affairs? A: Because I’m very much outspoken and I belong to a minority group, the Hazaras. So this was a double benefit, actually. Q: Does that make you a token? A: I don’t know exactly, but maybe yes. I don’t say that I’m perfect, but I can do something…

Women in War
The Nation, November 14, 2001

United Nations resolutions don’t usually warrant birthday commemorations, but on October 30, women from three war-torn regions—Afghanistan, Kosovo and East Timor—honored the first anniversary of Resolution 1325, which seeks to address the particular problems faced by women in conflict zones, by testifying before the Security Council…

I Want My PMS
Elle, October 2001

My first inkling that it’s coming is a fluttering in my abdomen, little wings thumping against the walls of my insides. Somehow, I’m surprised by the feeling, though it happens every month. Then it intensifies: a fist in my stomach, a turmoil in my body, or a sense of doom…

Girls in Exile
Seventeen, September 2001

The Ferdausy Middle School isn’t all that different from the school that Rahima, 15, once went to in Afghanistan. The subjects are the same—grammar, math, science and Islamic studies (nearly all Afghans are Muslim)—as are the uniforms (long black chador, or body scarf, worn over tunics and baggy pants…

Stranger Than Fiction
Jane, November 2000

On a brisk, sunny winter’s morning in the South African village of Tshelimnyama, I watch as 17-year old Pumla Majola strips out of her jeans and sweatshirt, and puts on a traditional Zulu outfit of a short purple skirt and beaded necklace. Breasts bared, she marches onto a soccer field and joins hundreds of other girls, some as young as 6…

Moving Target
, September 2000

Every time an alienated teen stages a shoot-out at his school; every time some six-year-old accidentally kills a friend with his father’s pistol; every time a depressed 14-year-old blows her brains out; every time a million moms march on Washington, D.C., or a thousand National Rifle Association (NRA) members meet at a convention…