Brigid Schulte

Social Issues and The Good LifeWashington, D.C.

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Long before a Maryland couple clashed with authorities over their kids’ walk home alone from a park, other parents were asking: When are kids really at risk?

  • Apr 18, 2015

Deb Hardy works all the time. What she wants is time to play, and make art again. Can she let herself?

  • Apr 17, 2015

Some are calling for new laws to prevent officials from overreacting to reports of unaccompanied children.

  • Apr 15, 2015

He said he didn’t want to scare Rafi Meitiv,10, and his sister, Dvora, 6, who asked to pet his dog.

  • Apr 15, 2015

Lawyers for the Meitivs allege that county officials kept the parents from their children for six hours.

  • Apr 14, 2015

County officials question hours-long delay in notifying parents kids were in custody

  • Apr 14, 2015

Improve your productivity: Work less. Rest more.

  • Apr 13, 2015

This Millennial helps others live the lives of their dreams. Can she do the same?

  • Apr 9, 2015

Gretchen Rubin says the secret to changing your habits is to know yourself.

  • Apr 6, 2015

Canada may have found the secret to getting men to spend more time with the kids, too

  • Apr 2, 2015
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Brigid Schulte writes about work-life issues and poverty, seeking to understand what it takes to live The Good Life across race, class and gender. Why do Americans work such long hours? How come a minimum wage salary can’t cover the cost of a two-bedroom apartment anywhere? Why is good child care so $(&#$ expensive and hard to find? Why are fathers now more harried than mothers? Why don’t Americans take vacation? And why do they bring work along if they do?

Brigid is also a regular contributor to the She The People blog and has written for Style, Outlook, the Washington Post magazine, and other outlets.

Brigid grew up in Oregon, got her start in newspapers at the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming, and over the years has covered national politics, (96 hours of straight stumping with Bob Dole, anyone?) the Pentagon (so scared before the planned invasion of Haiti that she stayed up all night, every night watching the Disney channel in the Port-au-Prince Holiday Inn) public health, education, the environment and just about everything in between as an enterprise and narrative writer.

After a time-use researcher told her she had 30 hours of leisure time a week, she wound up writing a book in search of it. Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time will be published in March 2014.

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