Author Archives: Nancy McKeon


Did the Met Gala Have a Message?

"Feminism." That's what rapper/singer Cardi B said she was representing at the Met Gala Monday night in her blood-red Thom Browne gown trimmed in thousands of feathers with a crystal-studded breastplate accented by two very large rubies for nipples.  Feminism of such power that the concoction required a team of… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • May 8, 2019
Glass Ceiling Effect

Glass Ceiling Effect: When Biology Really Is Destiny

Feature photo source: Twitter Everywhere I look there are newspaper and magazine stories, indeed entire books, about modern women's roles: how we can have it all; how we can’t, not really; which “women’s chores” successful women have ignored, downplayed, neglected, belittled, to get where they are, be it in politics,… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • May 1, 2019
A picture is worth

A Picture Is Worth . . . a Thousand Different Reactions

Feature Photo Credit: POPSUGAR - Christie Brinkley The next time you're at the bathroom mirror and you pull back the skin along your jawline so you can actually see your former jawline, or the next time you take a hasty dressing-room selfie so you can see how bad those pants… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • April 13, 2019
Jane Fonda I'm Sorry

I Said I’m Sorry!

I suppose that if I had watched my buddies get shot up in Vietnam instead of being someone who raised only a timid voice to protest the war in Southeast Asia back in the day, I too might never forgive actress Jane Fonda for the anti-war activities that won her… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • April 3, 2019
binge drinking

Too Many Drinks Too Fast: Why Are Women Drinking So Much?

Every month we meet for book club, and as dinner is laid out on the sideboard, we all grab plates and glasses and drinks. Drinks. One or two people always volunteer to supply the wine, and a couple of bottles will make the rounds at the table. But over the… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • July 19, 2018

Eileen Fisher: Our Salvation or Our Undoing?

The little mail-order catalogues from the fancy stores arrive, and I know what I'm going to find: four, sometimes six, pages of skirts and pants and tunics—lots and lots of tunics. And jackets—long jackets, asymmetrical jackets, because asymmetry is a thing, loose jackets, mostly jackets without buttons. A fair amount… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • July 4, 2018
who am I
New Surroundings

In Post-Retirement: Who Am I Now?

I had struck up a conversation with a man at an Upper East Side cocktail party. Smallish, wiry guy, nice-looking. We quickly got to the "What do you do?" portion of the entertainment. His answer has stuck with me ever since.   "Well," he said, "I used to be an… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • June 26, 2018
Charlotte Moss
Featured Women

Charlotte Moss’ Secret to Setting a Stunning Table Every Day

You know how some people watch tons of cooking shows and rarely cook? I plan to do something like that with “Charlotte Moss Entertains,” from Rizzoli, the 10th book by the New York interior designer / event planner / retailer. I’m just going to read and re-read it and enjoy… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • June 3, 2018
Personal Growth

Home Alone: My Aging Plan

Oh! Woe is me. According to the New York Times, I’m part of a growing national phenomenon, an “elder orphan”—no spouse, no kids, out here living alone. Received wisdom is that I should be scouting out a retirement community in an inexpensive and tax-friendly state (if I should ever retire),… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • May 26, 2018

Cruise Control: Choosing the Best Cruise Ships

Dorthy Shore has reported on a great-sounding cruise she took aboard Uniworld Cruise Line's S.S. Catherine. Having just taken my sixth cruise, on three different lines, I thought I could add a few more points about the best cruise ships to the excellent ones Dorthy made. Considerations River or Sea?… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • May 17, 2018
Judith Leiber

Clutch Designer Judith Leiber Lives On

Late last month the fashion world lost haute-accessory designer Judith Leiber, she of the glittery little evening bags toted by First Ladies, socialites and women who don't faint when paying $4,000 for an evening accessory. Judith Leiber bags are mostly minaudières, small hard-shell clutches meant to hold little more than… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • May 15, 2018
India Hicks
Books and TV

India Hicks Offers a Grand Slice of Her England

THE UNEXAMINED life is not worth living. I believe we learned that from Socrates. Or was it Mr. Rogers? By way of an admittedly tortured analogy, there doesn’t seem to be an unexamined corner of any house in which the English lifestyle entrepreneur India Hicks has lived. In 2015 we… Read More
  • Nancy McKeon |
  • April 23, 2018

About Nancy McKeon

Nancy McKeon

Nancy McKeon is managing editor of My Little Bird, an online magazine for "grown-up girls." She worked at The Washington Post, editor at various times of the Sunday Business section, the Food section, the Home section, the At Home Magazine and in charge of features for the Washington Post Magazine. For more than 10 years she was a writer and editor for New York Magazine. She makes her home in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC.