Raina Kelley

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

The average American—which is to say the kind who is not rich—is still reeling from the effects of our nation's monetary near-meltdown. That's why the Democrats are in danger of losing their majorities this year and why the Republicans lost theirs two years ago. Politicians can blame whoever they want—previous administrations, China, the liberal elite—but the fact remains that half of Americans no longer believe in the American dream.

Why I Went Crazy When My Son Started Preschool

I don't remember the exact moment I became a mother. My son's birth certificate says 8:18 p.m. on June 18, 2008, but I'll have to take the hospital's word for that—the whole day was a bit of a blur. I do, however, know the minute I declared myself a complete failure as a mom. It was Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at 9:38 a.m. It was supposed to be my Gabe's first day of day care. But it turned out to be his first sick day instead.

Prescription Nation

The U.S. Department of Health's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reported that abuse of opioid painkillers has risen more than 400 percent over the last decade. Which indicates to me that somehow we in the media didn't explain this well enough. Because this a big deal.

Mel Gibson and the Ugly Face of Addiction

I imagine only the dead haven't heard the Mel Gibson rants. They are, for the most part, incoherent, devastatingly cruel, illogical, self-pitying and nonsensical--punctuated by curse words and weird breathy noises that sound like threatening, though asthmatic, growls. It's pretty raw stuff for an A-list celebrity and probably means the end of his Hollywood career. But it's just another day in the life of people struggling with an addicted loved one.

How to Have a Midlife Crisis

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a midlife crisis as "an emotional crisis of self-confidence or identity that can occur in early middle age, associated with the idea that one is growing old or that life is passing one by." But is it possible to freak out about one's lost youth in a dignified way? Here are just a few of the rules I'd like my midlife crisis to follow.

In Defense of Teachers

For the vast majority of public-school teachers, so much of their job is out of their control that asking them to be held accountable for their students' performance is tantamount to blaming car salesmen for Toyota's accelerator problems.

Why Birth Moms Deserve Respect

No matter whether it's staying home, going to work, raising their kids alone or choosing to leave their children in order to provide for them, there is nothing most of us would not do to ensure our childrens' safety. And, for some Moms, giving their children the best chance at a good life means making the most excruciating sacrifice of all: placing them up for adoption.