Molly Fisk on Moral Fiber 8327383168_40fcfc7efe_z

“I secretly sneered at other procrastinators, arguing inside my head that MY tendency to “do things at the last minute” was a creative maneuver, not just sloth or poor time management, as theirs was.”

Today’s Talk Topic: Christmastime for “Heathens”

How do the many and varied non-Christians in New York City feel about the long approach to Christmas?

Fashion Friday: Best of 2014 ForeverChic-600x949

We combed through the roster of fashion features from our popular weekly series, Fashion Friday, for the five articles that resonated the most with our “Women’s Voices” audience. We’ve learned a lot about your style index—Paris, Diane Von Fursetenberg, Jewelry and Philanthropy, Summer Indulgences, and NPR’s perspective on what constitutes chic—yes, NPR!

Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: The High Impact of the Holidays 4251975730_dc2ecace46_z

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Instead of feeling pressure, we can be helped if we understand that holidays are not just for children, but are important, healthy rituals that maintain—and even improve—our emotional well-being.

The Wednesday 5: Three-Dimensional Women The Guardian

“Wonder Woman’s greatest battles weren’t waged against villains like Dr. Psycho or Professor Manly. Rather, they were against people with the power to define her. Those battles are still being fought by three-dimensional women in the engineering departments of tech companies, in political campaigns, and in the plush offices of VCs and studio executives.”

The World According to Weber: My Grandmother Rosalie and the Season’s Coziest Cookbook book

By Nancy Weber

In “The Pollan Family Table” you’re apt to find clues to a childhood culinary treasure that was never codified, that you’ve hungered after for decades. That’s where my grandmother comes in.

Today’s Talk Topic: Strangers on a Train

Say you’re on a commuter train. You could talk to the stranger beside you or you could haul out your smartphone to signal “Do not bother me.” Which is more likely to make you feel better?

Dr. Pat Consults: Gluten-Free Diets—Science or Fad? 540926535_6117cae4b9_b

By Brian Landzberg, M.D.

“It seems that celiac disease and gluten consumption have become the scapegoat for all of society’s ills, including a host of non-specific symptoms that include fatigue, headache, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.” A gastroenterologist’s view.

Poetry Sunday: Alice Pettway Season Alice_Pettway_Author_Photo

Here Alice Pettway gives us an African season that is as remote as it is exotic and beautifully rendered.

Molly Fisk: The Art of the Well-Lit Lawn 170609506_13bf8e062f_z

By Molly Fisk

Get your family out of the house and into the car where they can’t escape togetherness. Tool around your own neighborhood, and then pass by the houses of your friends and your kids’ friends. Oooh! and aaah! over the lights you find. People risk their lives putting those reindeer on the roof, for Pete’s sake!

Fashion Friday: Priceless–Verdura Jewelry at 75 CHERYL FLEMING

Priceless and Ageless. After 75 years, this is Verdura.

Dr. Pat Consults: “Is Marijuana as Harmless as My Son Says?” 4420604477_2d02aa0c30_z

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

“My son, a college sophomore, tells me that marijuana is far safer than cigarettes or alcohol, with basically no health side effects. Is it really as harmless as he says? Although I admit that I tried it briefly when I was about his age, I worry about what sort of long-term effects it might have, and I want him to be informed.”

The Wednesday 5: Radical Women

In this week’s Wednesday 5 we share with you five documentaries featuring the lives and stories of radical women, including Nina Simone, Marina Abramovic, and Elaine Stritch.

Betty Buckley’s New “Ghostlight” Is a Hauntingly Beautiful Homecoming Click here to purchase on Amazon.com. Proceeds from your purchase help fund Women’s Voices‘ nonprofit mission.

By Alexandra MacAaron

“Ghostlight” is a disarmingly intimate collection of songs, spanning several decades and a breadth of genres—a carefully curated mix ranging from Irving Berlin to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jacques Brel to Tom Waits. It was designed to transport you to “a mysterious, smoky place.”

Dr. Pat Consults: The Flu Shot—Questions from a Skeptic 4092914530_97262bd71b

By Dr. Jason Kendler

“Jennie, this is definitely not the year you should avoid the flu vaccine, and I will tell you why. But before I do, I want to remind you of the terrible symptoms that patients with the flu can experience. . .”