Molly Fisk: On Spending Daylight
Having the sun come up again so early throws my nervous system back into midsummer. Even though the woodstove is warm and there’s frost on my office roof, I’m awash in early-August optimism.
Today Is World Vegan Day. So Why Aren’t I a Vegan?
You wake up in the morning and vow: Today is the day! I’m really going to do this thing. You stay Plant Strong, Just Saying No to the many non-vegan choices that are offered to you. Then, one too-tempting nibble of this or tiny taste of that and—bam!—you’re merely a vegetarian. Or, worse, a carnivore.
The Art of Fashion: Must-See Exhibits This Season
Now that we’ve equipped you from head to toe with the proper fall attire—the Fall Boot, the Fall Coat, and the Red Shoe—and added to your Fall Fashion Book List, it’s time sto venture outdoors all geared up and ready to investigate the incredible lineup of must-see exhibits for the season.
On Emotional Health: I Was Not the Mother They Expected
By Barbara Fertig
When I first went to work as a museum exhibit designer, I wore jumpsuits and drove a Volkswagon bus, and I remember my younger girl, then perhaps 7 or 8, saying plaintively, “Can’t we have a station wagon? Won’t you ever be a normal mother?”
Wednesday 5: Women of Innovation
Elena Bodnar, doctor, creates a bra that can transform into a life-saving device; Isabel Allende talks about aging and staying passionate at 71; photographer Graciela Iturbide is featured in “Art21″; an irreverent reinterpretation of women having a terrible time at parties in Western art; and a biopic tells how Margaret Keane won credit for her artistic work back from her husband.
I Climbed a Mountain: The Good, the Bad, and the ‘Oh My Goodness!’
By Eleanore Wells
Can something be awesome and horrible at the same time? Apparently, because that’s what this was for me. I really hated the climbing part; it was much, much tougher than many of us imagined it would be. But it was more awesome than it was horrible.
COMPLEXION, Part II: Retinoids, “Wrinkle-Fillers,” Exfoliating, and More
By Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.
Recently, “Women’s Voices for Change” asked New York–based dermatologist/dermatologic surgeon Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D., a member of our Medical Advisory Board, to develop a three-part series on skin care for women over 40. Here’s Part II of her series—COMPLEXION: Beyond the Basics.
Poetry Sunday: What Women Do for One Another
Today Pamela Ahlen takes us inside a garage and into a scene many of us will recognize. Women gather when women are widowed, taking up the tasks that weigh too much for any one person to do alone.
Today’s Talk Topic: One Man’s Praise of a Strong Woman
“She’s resolute and vulnerable, incisive and responsive, rapturous and bleak, angry and funny . . .” The dance critic of “The New York Times” pays tribute to the extraordinary prima ballerina Wendy Whelan, who retired last week.
Too Female for Comfort; or, How a Woman Becomes “the Other”
By Roz Warren
In which a passenger on an El Al flight from New York refuses to be seated next to a woman. To give a religious reason for the refusal, writes the woman affected, “doesn’t excuse the insult.”
Fashion Friday: Fall Boots
From classic flats to the season’s trend-setting over-the-knee boots to the new-found appreciation for suede as a change of pace from leather, and to a refreshing take on fall colors that includes reds and blues, feast your eyes on fall’s five most covetable casual styles.
A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Pamela Yew Schwartz, Bereavement Counselor
By Deborah Harkins
In Dr. Schwartz’s bereavement group for Chinese men, “They talk about sports—sports is a lifesaver. They talk about playing mahjongg. But eventually someone will ask, ‘How do you make the rice for one person?’ Another will say, ‘The loneliest time is before I go to sleep at night, and do you sleep in the middle of the bed?’ Supposedly they don’t like to talk about their feelings, but they do, they do.”
Wednesday 5: The Best of the Internet This Week
The NPR special series “The Changing Lives of Women” examines issues that speak to the broad interests of women; Monica Lewinsky is ‘rebranding'; Sarah Thebarge, a 27-year-old breast cancer survivor, pays tribute to her wrinkles; a beautiful documentary captures Marie Wilcox and her effort to keep her Native American language alive; and a new book on Coco Chanel examines the designer’s engagement with European History.
True Confessions of a Netflix Binger
By Alexandra MacAaron
Home alone with a terrible cold, I watched Showtime’s entire series “The Tudors” on Netflix. Not a season, mind you, but the entire series: 6 wives, 38 episodes. Every time I told myself I should get up, get to work (get a life), I’d fast-forward through the closing credits and Netflix would automatically push me into the next episode. It was marvelous.
Dr. Pat Consults: Binge Eating—the Causes, the Consequences, the Shame
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
A recent study suggests that around the time of menopause there is a second peak of onset of eating disorders. The good news is the binge eating disorder is treatable.