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    Get Through Your Child's Hospital Stay (Download PDF)

    Parents // April, 2017

    The essential guide we hope you’ll never need, straight from a mom who’s been there—for 123 days.

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    A Lawn That Loves You Back (Download PDF)

    Parents // April, 2017

    Say goodbye to pesticides, herbicides, and other common lawn-care products that are bad for the planet—and your family’s health. Here’s our guide to a kinder, gentler green.

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    It Cost $2.5 Million to Keep My Child Alive

    Slate // January, 2017

    We’re fortunate that our insurance paid for most of it. But if Republicans remake the health care system, kids like her may not be so lucky.

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    Is Fixer Upper a stealth feminist fantasy?

    Curbed // October, 2016

    Joanna Gaines is renovating the traditional role of wife/mother.

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    Direct Sales: The Truth About Selling From Home

    Parents // July, 2016

    You've seen your friends' posts pitching products, and maybe you've thought about joining someone's "team" to earn money. Before you do, read this.

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    This Child Can't Speak... But He Still Says So Much

    Real Simple // July, 2016

    He lives with his 
folks in Massachusetts. 
He has a form of 
autism that leaves him 
unable to speak. 
But he has many ways to communicate—and he says plenty.

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    “Leo Would Not Have Died That Day If He Had Been With Me”

    Slate // May, 2016

    Paid family leave doesn’t just support gender equity in the workplace. It may also prevent babies’ deaths.

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    Consider the Cable Guy

    Slate // April, 2016

    Comcast and others are using more contract workers to install their services. That means brutal hours, low wages, and an app that schedules every moment of their days.

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    What Will it Take to Save Women from Cancer? (Download PDF)

    Redbook // March, 2016

    There are women across this country suffering—and, yes, dying—from cancers that people don’t like to talk about and that doctors have a hard time diagnosing and treating. Does that sound like a world we should be living in? Here’s what you need to know to help them, and yourself.

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    When Your Baby Won't Eat (Download PDF)

    New York Times Magazine // February, 2016

    Our daughter started life on a feeding tube. Then we tried to wean her off it — and began to understand the complexity of how children relate to food.

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    The Caregiver’s Guide to Good Health (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // February, 2016

    Nearly 24 million American women provide care for another person. If you’re among them, here’s how to help your loved one—and yourself.

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    What Happened When the Young House Love Couple Tried to Escape the Internet

    New York Magazine // January, 2016

    John and Sherry Petersik built a cult following with their website. Then they attempted to walk away.

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    What Personality Tests Can (and Can’t) Tell You About Yourself (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // January, 2016

    And why understanding exactly what makes you tick makes it easier, maybe, to just own it.

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    Dog Is My Copilot (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // December, 2015

    Sheri Soltes and her team train shelter dogs to become service animals, then pair them with just the right humans. When it comes to matchmaking love stories, it doesn't get any better than this.

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    Getting Jobbed

    Harpers // October, 2015

    The real face of welfare reform.

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    Let's Get Together and Feel All Right (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // April, 2015

    Have we replaced real friendships and civic participation with Facebook likes and hashtag activism? And are we too far gone to fix it? Here’s the expert take on why face-to-face connections are so crucial (particularly now)—and some inspiration to make more of your own.

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    “Dear Real Simple, I'm a Control Freak. Please Help." (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // January, 2015

    Domestic perfection comes with a price. Julie Padavic got tired of paying it.

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    Pleasure In A Pill? (Download PDF)

    Marie Claire // December, 2014

    Fourteen million American women struggle with a low sex drive, yet the FDA hasn’t approved any medications to help them. But is women’s sexuality just too complicated for a pill?

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    One Giant Leap (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // September, 2014

    Would you risk it all? These women did, in ways as diverse as they are, and it paid off (big time). Most of us would do well to follow in their footsteps. Here’s why.

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    Saving The Smallest Hearts (Download PDF)

    Parade // August, 2014

    Virginia Sole-Smith thought her baby was healthy—until a routine doctor’s visit revealed a heart defect so severe it could have been fatal within hours. The screening test every parent needs to know about.

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    Breathing Lessons

    Prevention // June, 2014

    When trauma is ongoing, there's no time to get away. Healing has to happen where you can find it.

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    Wonder Drug (Download PDF)

    Elle // November, 2013

    Birth control pills are prescribed for every female trouble known to, uh, man. While their benefits are undeniable, some are questioning the explosion in their use.

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    Rethink the Pink Drink (Download PDF)

    Marie Claire // October, 2013

    After a rash of deaths linked to its products, the high-octane beverage industry has gone through a female-friendly makeover. But are these drinks actually safer?

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    The Last Mermaid Show (Download PDF)

    New York Times Magazine // July 7, 2013

    At a venerable roadside attraction in the shadow of Disney World, an endangered species is practicing the old secrets of the deep.

  • Harpers "The Pink Pyramid: Paying to Play in Mary Kay" by Virginia Sole-Smith, August 2012

    The Pink Pyramid

    Harpers // August, 2012

    Paying to play in Mary Kay.

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    Who Owns America's Lighthouses? (Download PDF)

    Coastal Living // August, 2012

    The Coast Guard can't afford to maintain these beloved coastal icons so private citizens are stepping up.

  • PARENTS: "The Play's The Thing" by Virginia Sole-Smith, April 2012

    The Play's The Thing (Download PDF)

    Parents // April, 2012

    For a group of kids, including those who have autism and other disabilities, a unique theater program is setting the stage for acceptance, understanding, and friendship.

  • Parents: "The Hungry House" by Virginia Sole-Smith, July 2011

    The Hungry House (Download PDF)

    Parents // July, 2011

    Right here in the United States, one in four children don't have enough to eat. The impact this has on their health, their development — their future — is staggering.

  • ReadyMade: "School House Rocks" by Virginia Sole-Smith, January 2011

    School House Rocks (Download PDF)

    ReadyMade // December/January, 2011

    A lesson in small living from an artistic couple and their very big house in Beacon, New York.

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    The Price of Beauty

    Marie Claire // April, 2011

    Deep pore extraction for your facial? A callus mask for your heels? VIrginia Sole-Smith signs up for beauty school and learn how to sell — and dodge — the dreaded sales pitch at the spa.

  • Good Housekeeping: "Roller Coaster Roulette" by Virginia Sole-Smith, June 2008

    Roller Coaster Roulette (Download PDF)

    Good Housekeeping // June, 2008

    Who makes sure those theme park rides are safe? Sometimes the answer is: No one. Good Housekeeping's special report.

  • Hallmark: "A Place to Heal" by Virginia Sole-Smith, Summer 2008

    A Place to Heal (Download PDF)

    Hallmark // Summer 2008

    With the help of a special playground — one constructed with wounded soldiers in mind — Iraq War vet Jeremy Cabaniss and his family are finding their way to recovery.

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    My Year in Waxing School

    Slate // November, 2010

    The $1.8 billion business of hair removal is our most intimate and uncomfortable form of beauty labor.

  • Good Housekeeping: "Playing With Poison" by Virginia Sole-Smith, September 2007

    Playing With Poison (Download PDF)

    Good Housekeeping // September, 2007

    We've known for decades that lead is toxic. So why is still in kids' trinkets and toys?

  • Parents: "Staying Safe in a Toxic World" by Virginia Sole-Smith, August 2010

    Staying Safe in a Toxic World (Download PDF)

    Parents // August, 2010

    BPA... Phthalates... You know they can be dangerous, but you may not know how to limit your exposure.

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    The High Price of Beauty

    The Nation // October, 2007

    Cheap beauty products are making Americans sick. How an epidemic is plaguing poorly paid workers at nail salons – while the FDA does nothing. (Research supported by The Investigative Fund.)

  • Good Housekeeping: Arsenic in Your Deck, by Virginia Sole-Smith, March 2007

    The Hidden Danger in Your Deck (Download PDF)

    Good Housekeeping // March, 2007

    Millions of American homes have decks treated with arsenic to prevent rot. But that poison can make you very sick.

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    Skinny Little Pills (Download PDF)

    Women's Health // 2008

    There are more pound-melting potions on drugstore shelves than ever before. Are they really all that bad? You bet.

  • New York Times: "Nature on the Threshold" by VIrginia Sole-Smith, September 2006

    Nature on the Threshold

    New York Times // September 7, 2006

    Biophilic design incorporates natural elements in an effort to promote well-being. It is a quirky, lesser-known cousin of green design.

  • The Progressive: "Mexico's Squid Sweatshops" by Virginia Sole-Smith, May 2010

    Mexico's Squid Sweatshops (Download PDF)

    The Progressive // May, 2010

    Much of the squid sold in the USA was processed in horrendous conditions in Mexico. (Research supported by The Investigative Fund.)