What We Don’t Tell the Bride About Marriage 5365171326_518df426b6_z

When hearing couples makes idealistic promises to each other, we wonder if they really understand what’s ahead.

The Wednesday Five—Women and the Art of Friendship on Film Joy_luck_club_movie_cast

In this iteration of The Wednesday Five, we turn to the screen and share with you five compelling films (many of them adapted from the page) that pay homage to the gift that is the enduring friendships among women.

Book Review: The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante my-brilliant-friend_612x381-3

By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Not since Doris Lessing’s autobiographical Martha Quest series, have I read a book so intensely focused on the inner complexities of what it is to be a modern woman as well as the contradictory emotions—love, jealousy, competitiveness, compassion—of female friendship.

Nobody’s Bridesmaid: Amy Schumer Brings her Unique Smart, Fearless Humor to the Big Screen in ‘Trainwreck’ trainwreckjpg-509f3e35892c02bf

By Alexandra MacAaron

Amy Schumer is a feminist. And she’s really funny. She serves up joke after joke, and she doesn’t seem to mind if she herself is the joke as long as it makes us laugh.

Dr. Pat Consults: Vertigo—Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment 600px-Blausen_0329_EarAnatomy_InternalEar

By Dr. Baxter Allen

The symptoms of vertigo are always unsettling. It has many causes; can be brief or chronic; completely benign, or, much less commonly, the first symptom of something serious, like a stroke.

Poetry Sunday: ‘Einstein’s Violin,’ and ‘Some Birth Day,’ by Sally Ashton Ashton_6-8-15

It took me awhile to get used to the idea of prose poetry—I love rhyme and meter and at first could not imagine poetry without these musical qualities. But reading the prose poems of contemporary poets has opened my ideas to the imaginative possibilities of this form, and I hope that these poems by Sally Ashton will do the same for you.

Molly Fisk: Meanwhile Untitled

By Molly Fisk

Meanwhile, the world is going on: Politicians in Washington and Sacramento are bailing out and budgeting, snakes are shedding their skins in my creek bottom, families in war zones are mourning their dead. It all happens at once, all the time, and you can’t stop it.

Water and Exercise—It’s About More Than Thirst Camelbak eddy Insulated bottles

By Jonathan Urla, MFA

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to water and exercise, and it is possible to drink too much water (hyponatremia), which has it’s own negative consequences. So, before you guzzle a 64-ounce bottle of water, here are some general guidelines.

This Essay Needs a Better Title

By Roz Warren

Titling has been never my strong suit. Writing a publishable essay? I can do that! But coming up with an amazing title for that essay? Not so much. Thank God for editors! And Facebook!

Fashion Friday: The Summer Tote il_570xN.744324709_isxs

Why do we adore these oversized yet surprisingly lightweight, roomy yet classy, durable yet chic, numbers so much? Mostly because they can hold all the warm-weather essentials we need.

Summer Recipes: Sunshine Summer Salad salad

By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

In our Summer Recipe series this week, we show you how to put the sunshine in a hearty summer salad—another no-cooking recipe.

The Healing Power of Psychotherapy 13553296935_e8514d714d_z

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

What is therapy and what makes the process of psychotherapy work? Why does it heal, and how is it different from talking to a friend?

The Wednesday Five: Pioneering Women dm_141215_espnw_impact_25

Becky Hammon is the first woman to lead an NBA team, author Toni Morrison on her childhood friend who served as the inspiration for her book ‘The Bluest Eye,’ poet Ladan Osman on the ‘good literary citizen,’ Neil deGrasse Tyson on teaching our children enough science, and a tribute to Margaret Hamilton whose software guided Apollo 11 to the moon.

Bravo’s ‘Odd Mom Out': Poking Fun at the Parenting of the Rich and Famous oddmomout

By Alexandra MacAaron

With so many seasons of well-to-do women behaving badly (in New York and elsewhere), Bravo seems the right place for a show that promises to poke fun at the picture-perfect parenting of New York City’s Upper East Side mothers.

The Tao of Friendship Patty and Suz

By Suzanne Russell

An important part of our relationship has always been sharing ideas about art. As an artist and friend, Patty Hudak understood when I suddenly stopped making physical artwork in order to focus on giving free legal and social support to refugees in Denmark. She was one of the few people who understood that creating solutions to problems in individuals’ lives was similar to creating paintings or other art objects.