Welcome to a New Editor: Bethany Mandel

 

Before I start posting here at Ricochet, I wanted to take the time to introduce myself to readers, members, and listeners. You may already be familiar with me because of my role on LadyBrains and the newly launched podcast with my husband Seth, called That Sethany Show.

I’ll be editing here part-time, cleaning up member posts and helping podcasts and other posts get on the site. In addition to that editing, I’ll be writing a few posts a week, on politics and cultural trends.

A bit about me: I’m a full-time mother, home with my three kids. I don’t use their names online because the Internet is a dark and scary place, and we want them to develop their online identities separate from us. My oldest is four, and her online nickname is Cookie; you may have heard unexpected guest appearances from her on LadyBrains over the last year. My middle son is nicknamed Pat because he was born on St. Patrick’s Day; he’s almost three. You may be familiar with my youngest’s birth story; his nickname is Altima, because that’s where he was born, in Seth’s Nissan Altima on the side of the highway. (You can listen to that whole story on this episode of LadyBrains).

In addition to my Ricochet duties editing, writing and podcasting, I am also a Senior Contributor at the Federalist and a columnist at the Jewish Daily Forward.

Before my daughter was born, Seth and I both worked at Commentary Magazine. After she was born I started freelancing from home, and plan to homeschool our children. Seth has since moved on to become the op-ed editor at the New York Post. We live in New Jersey with our kids and have no spare time; though if I had that, I would continue trying to teach myself how to crochet and be far more crafty and put together than I am.

I look forward to getting to know all of you; please introduce yourselves in the comments!

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  1. ekalenak Coolidge
    ekalenak
    @ekalenak

    Welcome aboard.

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  2. blood thirsty neocon Member
    blood thirsty neocon
    @bloodthirstyneocon

    Welcome, please tell me you’re a Trump supporter.

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  3. kelsurprise Member
    kelsurprise
    @kelsurprise

    I remember the roadside delivery story.  Amazing. Love the resulting nickname, too.

    Welcome!

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  4. Merrijane Member
    Merrijane
    @Merrijane

    Welcome! I listened to the new podcast and thought it was good. Nice graphic design, too.

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  5. Bethany Mandel Editor
    Bethany Mandel
    @bethanymandel

    blood thirsty neocon (View Comment):
    Welcome, please tell me you’re a Trump supporter.

    I am a citizen of the country where he is President. So I support his success. I like some things he’s done and don’t like other things. I was a Never Trump person in the election season, but consider myself a pretty straight shooter since. Hope that isn’t too discouraging ;)

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  6. Curt North Member
    Curt North
    @CurtNorth

    Welcome and I really hope you can help bring peace back to this place…please.  We need you to help to save Ricochet, honest.

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  7. John H. Member
    John H.
    @JohnH

    What does “cleaning up member posts” mean?

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  8. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Hi Bethany, Welcome! I’m blessed to be a Contributor and I also post on the Member Feed. I look forward to seeing your posts, and I’m sure Jon is glad to have some help.

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  9. John Podhoretz Contributor
    John Podhoretz
    @JohnPodhoretz

    You didn’t say anything about your bullet journal or the Instant Pot.

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  10. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Bethany Mandel: You may already be familiar with me because of my role on LadyBrains and the newly launched podcast with my husband Seth, called That Sethany Show.

    Nah … that wasn’t it. You ever hang around seedy bars near airports? Or was that bars near seedy airports? One of those.

    Bethany Mandel: I’ll be editing here part-time, cleaning up member posts

    Watch out for @arahant, for he is a Menace.

    Welcome, Bethany.

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  11. TES Member
    TES
    @TonySells

    I have become a big fan of you and your husband in the past couple of years.

    Welcome!

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  12. Lazy_Millennial Member
    Lazy_Millennial
    @LazyMillennial

    Love @bethanymandel and her husband, they’re both hilarious on Twitter. Welcome to Ricochet!

    • #12
  13. JoelB Member
    JoelB
    @JoelB

    Hi, Bethany. I’m more of a reader than a podcast listener, but I’ll try to listen to some of yours in the next few days.

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  14. DocJay Member
    DocJay
    @DocJay

    Have fun.  Don’t stress too much about anything beyond that lovely family of yours.

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  15. Mountie Coolidge
    Mountie
    @Mountie

    Welcome, you or Seth wouldn’t be quail hunters would you?

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  16. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Welcome to the written side of Ricochet, Bethany.

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  17. blood thirsty neocon Member
    blood thirsty neocon
    @bloodthirstyneocon

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    blood thirsty neocon (View Comment):
    Welcome, please tell me you’re a Trump supporter.

    I am a citizen of the country where he is President. So I support his success. I like some things he’s done and don’t like other things. I was a Never Trump person in the election season, but consider myself a pretty straight shooter since. Hope that isn’t too discouraging ;)

    Fair enough. Please pardon the direct question, but I do believe it is a fair question in our current times.

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  18. Stina Member
    Stina
    @CM

    I’m not a podcast person, but I’ve run into some of your previous writings and liked them.

    I’m home with 3 kids, as well :) 8, 6, and 2.

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  19. Jim Wright Member
    Jim Wright
    @JimW

    Welcome, Bethany!

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  20. Ansonia Member
    Ansonia
    @Ansonia

    Welcome, Bethany.

    I’m a 61 year old grandmother of 4 living in Berlin, Connecticut with my husband, Tom. We frequently visit and help out with 2 of our grandchildren (girls, ages 3 and 20 months.).

    It’s heartening for me to see another young person at Ricochet.

     

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  21. tigerlily Member
    tigerlily
    @tigerlily

    Welcome Aboard Bethany!

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  22. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator
    @Instugator

    Welcome to Ricochet Bethany. I’m Instugator and I, well, uh, instugate.

    @joalt is my better-ish half.

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  23. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

    Howdy, Bethany! Welcome. Hopefully you can take some pressure off Jon. He’s turned into such a grumpy fellow with startling flares of temper. Epithets flying hither and thither…oh, wait…that’s Rob. Never mind. Jon is fine.

    I only write serious posts…whenever I can’t think of something whimsical or satirical to write. I’m a single dad caring for my autistic son and a female tabby cat who demands even more care (especially after she gets into the liquor cabinet and gets all mean and sloppy). The three of us live in Orange County, California and have been tunneling eastward at night when the neighborhood informants are asleep.

    I’ll try to behave myself.

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  24. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
    The Cloaked Gaijin
    @TheCloakedGaijin

    Welcome.  I’ve recently been enjoying some of the LadyBrains podcast episodes, although I always forget who is who.

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  25. Judge Mental Member
    Judge Mental
    @JudgeMental

    Welcome, Bethany!

    (Why does everyone say, “Welcome aboard”?  Is there a Ricochet boat that nobody told me about?)

    And yes, @arahant is a menace.  But I expect they would have told you that.

     

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  26. kelsurprise Member
    kelsurprise
    @kelsurprise

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    Is there a Ricochet boat that nobody told me about?

    Well, yeah!  And it’s totally aweso . . . I mean, no, there’s no boat.

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  27. OmegaPaladin Moderator
    OmegaPaladin
    @OmegaPaladin

    Are you the one with the wallaby?  Regardless, welcome to the insane asylum that is Ricochet.

    I am a Christian geek working as a covert agent in Academia and the People’s Democratic Pension Republic of Madiganstan.  I have yet to meet a woman crazy enough to marry me, but I have 4 nieces and nephews to brag about.

    For an amusing political note, I was virulently anti-Trump in the primary.  After he was elected, he was not anywhere near my expectations of him.  I now help run a pro-Trump group here.  You never know where you will end up…

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  28. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Percival (View Comment):
    Nah … that wasn’t it. You ever hang around seedy bars near airports? Or was that bars near seedy airports? One of those.

    And he calls me a menace?

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  29. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Judge Mental (View Comment):
    (Why does everyone say, “Welcome aboard”? Is there a Ricochet boat that nobody told me about?)

    Another one calling me a menace, and he obviously has not been paying attention.

    Welcome aboard, Bethany.

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  30. Mike LaChance Member
    Mike LaChance
    @MikeLaChance

    Welcome, Bethany! I joined Ricochet as a member recently and I am so impressed by the community here.

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