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Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is a columnist for The Washington Times and is nationally syndicated.

Articles by Suzanne Fields

William Brown

FIELDS: With no home of their own

Every generation confronts its own obstacles. My parents eloped because they couldn't afford to get married, and they hid the nuptials from their families for a year. They finally bought a big bed and moved it into the house of my father's parents. Published August 8, 2013

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FIELDS: The peril in 'children' playing politics

Anthony Weiner is the comic relief the culture has been waiting for, sexualized politics without a moral message. Salacious texting, a parody of sensual touching, doesn't depend on the meaning of "is" or "was." Published August 1, 2013

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FIELDS: High-tech and humanity

Economic anxiety defines the Detroit bankruptcy, and not just in Michigan and the Midwest. Detroit is the urban nightmare, symbolic of America's downward cultural spiral since the 1960s, when optimism about what Americans could accomplish was the national elixir. Published July 25, 2013

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

FIELDS: The miserable man without a country

Now it's official, but subject to events. Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia, and Vladimir Putin wants it to be very temporary. The Russian president might send him Dr. Seuss as a bedtime story. Published July 18, 2013

Donna Grethen

FIELDS: Lessons from our 'uneducated' elders

Everybody talks about education, the politicians loudest of all until they get bored with the subject, but the education — and the miseducation — of our children continues as the concern dearest to the hearts of parents. Published July 11, 2013

Illustration Constitutional Prayer by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

FIELDS: We, 'the almost chosen people'

The Fourth of July is the highest of the holy days of America's civil religion. We "worship" in outdoor pews, at the barbecue grill with hamburgers and hot dogs. Published July 4, 2013

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FIELDS: Spy, whistleblower, hero — and celebrity

"Bling Ring" is a hot new movie about celebrity in our time, all flash and bang, set in Hollywood to rework the mangled cliche that almost anybody can get 15 minutes of fame if they're light enough to float, perverse and (if female) pretty and skinny enough. Published June 27, 2013

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

FIELDS: A label for the Jews, again

Barack Obama was in Berlin this week, and he was a different Barack Obama than the one who visited the German capital as a candidate in 2008. He was in a different Berlin, too. Published June 20, 2013

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FIELDS: Corruption and correction

It's the season of "Pomp and Circumstance," flavored with dashes of parental pride, as a rising generation in cap and gown marches solemnly into its future. Published June 13, 2013

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FIELDS: Working moms and unemployed dads

Between the baby boomers on one hand and Generations X, Y and Z on the other, cultural and economic changes have transformed the landscape of the culture. It's difficult to wrap a description around what sociologists call a "cohort." Published June 6, 2013

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FIELDS: Coaching Lolita

Lolita was 12 years old when Humbert Humbert first saw her with an obsession that could fill a book. "Lolita" became a best-selling novel about a perverted older man, a pubescent girl and a tragic tale of sexual abuse, dissected with the insights and illuminations of a brilliant writer. Published May 30, 2013

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FIELDS: Barack Obama as the Great Gatsby

Washington is a one-industry town. The nation's capital has wonderful art museums, concerts and theaters, but they're only supplements to the big story playing out on the front pages - always the government. Published May 23, 2013

Paul Tong

FIELDS: Paying for the new psychiatry

Psychiatry has always been the troubled child at the table of medical specialists. Psychiatric labels are based on deviations of "normal," which change with trends in moral and intellectual attitudes. Sometimes politics redefine abnormal into the new normal. Published May 16, 2013

A mother holds her newborn baby at Christus Spohn Hospital South in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Michael Zamora)

FIELDS: Discovering a mother's mystique

Mother's Day approaches, and children are decorating cards with ribbons and lace and wrapping boxes of chocolates. Just how we celebrate depends on the length of our memories. Published May 9, 2013

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FIELDS: Revisiting hatred of the Jews

Awit, surveying Washington's monuments, once diagnosed the nation's capital as suffering an "edifice complex." The city's vast array of monumental buildings, housing the three branches of government, honoring the founders and heroes of the republic and housing extraordinary temples of fine art, science, technology and history, could give an overwhelmed visitor that impression. Published May 2, 2013

FIELDS: When rhetoric hides the reality

Between the tragedy over loss of life and limb in Boston and the rejoicing in the certainty that two young men will not strike again, there is a large space for reflection. Emotion clouds reason, which is why we live by the rule of law. Published April 25, 2013

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FIELDS: Deep in the shallows of the '60s

"Mad Men" is back, the cultural phenomenon with a loyal audience after a 10-month hiatus. It returned with 3.4 million viewers, its second-highest rating and is again getting so much intellectual attention you might think it was "War and Peace." Published April 18, 2013

New whine in old battles

Some feminists are exposing their herd mentality, and it isn't pretty. Published April 11, 2013

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FIELDS: 'The Jew in the Box'

"Art" can smooth the rough edges of life, nurturing beauty and imagination and showing a different and provocative way of looking at the world, but artists — and museums and galleries that show their work — are sometimes surprised by the hostile reception their works provoke. Published April 4, 2013