I stood up for nonsmokers’ rights—but does the law stand up for me?

On a cold, wet, windy night on the last day of winter, I stood up for my rights as a nonsmoker—and those of my two small children. But it's unclear whether the law is behind me.


The American Dream is killing us

The American Dream has been defined for several generations now as an idyllic home in the suburbs, with a car to get you everywhere you need to go. But that dream appears to be something more of a nightmare, with Americans' dependence on automobiles leading to increased rates of a variety of ailments, "all of which can impair the quality and length of life," writes Jane E. Brody at nytimes.com.