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The Lily: IVF and Adoption Didn’t Work For Me So I Found a Surrogate

LONDON–I call it my Wimbledon breakdown. Tennis players Rafael Nadal and Thomaz Bellucci were doing a changeover during their first round match at Wimbledon in 2015 when I felt my phone buzz in my pocket. When I saw it was my gynecologist, I jumped out of my seat and raced down the stairs, hoping for […]

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First Person: Adventure on the Roof of Africa

SIMIEN MOUNTAINS, ETHIOPIA—In the end, I couldn’t do it. I looked up at the big narrow rock that had a number of awkward indentations leading up to a flat outlook point. From there, I would be able to see not only the beginning of the Jinbar waterfall, but also watch as the water tumbled down […]

Newsweek: From Russia, With Love (archive story)

I am writing a book about the barriers to education that adolescent girls face across the globe. I met one 14/15 year old girl, Vica/Vika 15 years ago in Yaroslavl, Russia and I am trying to locate her to find out what happened to her. I do not know her last name, but I do […]

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First Person: 4 Hours in Flint, Michigan Guide

I see that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be taking their Democratic roadshow to Flint, Michigan—my hometown—on March 6. They will be holding a debate there (location TBD), invariably to do grandstanding and waxing lyrical about what a tragedy has befallen Flint.

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First Person: IVF and Booting Bitter to the Curb

Every time I have done IVF, it has shattered me a little on the inside. It shatters—and exhausts—me because I know for the next four weeks, Bitter and Hope will be coming to stay as houseguests. Hope is great—she really makes such an effort, is so encouraging to me with gentle words and whispers like, […]