THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: A Holiday Mosaic
The scents, the songs, the family traditions, the quirky (but lovable) guests—these are life-enriching deposits in our memory banks. We asked “Women’s Voices” writers to look back over the years and share with us the Thanksgiving reflections that make them smile.
The Wednesday 5: A Manual for Non-Traditional Thanksgivings
In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share with you some of the best Thanksgiving stories and survival tips offered by members of our own Women’s Voices family. We didn’t have to look far for advice from women in many different stages of life who’ve chosen to spend their Thanksgivings in non-traditional ways.
Book Review: “Older Faster Stronger,” by Margaret Webb
By Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST
We listened in admiration as the former “short, stocky, flatfooted, still-smoking, pre-menopausal woman” told of the strength, energy, and lifted spirits that have enhanced her life since she decided to exercise her 50-year-old body “to the fitness level of a fit 20-year-old.”
Medical Monday: A Survival Guide for Thanksgiving and Beyond
Lilli Link, MD, MS
Thanksgiving marks the start of a holiday season that is loaded with gustatory temptations. Still, with some thoughtful planning you might end up feeling better than ever by the time the New Year rings in.
Poetry Sunday: “Over the River and Through the Wood” (aka “The New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day”)
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie! And hurrah for the nineteenth-century abolitionist, women’s-rights activist, scholar, and novelist Lydia Maria Child—the strong woman, so far ahead of her time, who wrote the poem that has become America’s favorite Thanksgiving song.
Retire! Dance! Die! But First, Pass the Chocolate: Boomers According to Google
Are boomers evil? . . . doomed? . . . or simply the most selfish generation ever?
Fashion Friday: Hostess Gifts
Here’s a quartet of hostess gifts guaranteed to reflect your thoughtfulness and express your gratitude for a well-executed gathering. They are all meant to give your hostess some much-deserved moments of indulgence.
On Emotional Health: Finding Solace in Food
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
Research has become increasing interested in the role of emotion in driving our eating behavior, putting scientific data behind what many of us have known intuitively—that, when push comes to shove, many of us find solace in food.
The Wednesday 5: Living Mindfully
In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share with you five powerful pieces that cajole us to live mindfully—i.e., commit to the art of conscious living.
NANA POWER: The Extraordinary Art of Niki de Saint Phalle
By Toni Myers
Niki de Saint Phalle was a tireless fighter for women’s issues through her art—indeed, she was the first artist to make women her focus in such a way. Unique in the art world, her uninhibited style has wowed people everywhere. She wanted to bring joy, humor, and color into everyone’s life, and she succeeded brilliantly.
Dr. Pat Consults: Preventing Alzheimer’s—What Do We Know Now?
By Dr. Baxter Allen
As Dr. Richard Isaacson, Director of the Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, states, “While there is no magic bullet or magic pill for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, evidence-based and low-risk interventions have great potential to maintain our brain health.”
Poetry Sunday: A Recently Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Reflects
Alice Pettway is a friend of “Women’s Voices for Change” and an ally of all of humanity. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa, she retained her full-time dedication to poetry even as she took on the panoply of jobs assigned to her. She saw much as others have, but she understood what she witnessed in her own empathic way.
Molly Fisk: The Red and the Gray
By Molly Fisk
When you go snorkeling, Sarah says, there are millions of incredible fish, including parrotfish, in all those same amazing parrot colors. And among the parrotfish, there’s a gray one, with a red tail! “You can’t think the universe lacks a sense of humor when you come across something like this. What other reason could there be?”
Fashion Friday: Covetable iPhone Accessories
The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are, we think, much more women-friendly. Most of us carry our phones in purses, anyway—so all the chatter about the iPhone’s larger size being incompatible with jean and pant pockets is meant for the guys.
On Emotional Health: This Is Not Your Mother’s Retirement
By Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P
If you think of retirement as a wheel with many spokes, with some planning and networking you can create a healthy balance of health and fitness, family and relationships, lifelong learning, creating community, leisure time, travel, and spirituality.