Fashion Friday: That Linen Feeling 4130315260170_049_b

Linen has become many things to modern fashion—a summer tradition, breathable and lustrous, casual yet refined, and cool and chic.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Don Draper’s life is dominated by an emptiness created by the longing for the mother he never had and a need to escape from that emptiness whenever he feels uncomfortable. Matthew Weiner has given us a beautifully rendered portrait of a kind of narcissistic type known as the “as if” personality disorder.

The Wednesday 5: A Few Brave Women Adrian Piper, conceptual artist.

In this week’s Wednesday 5: one woman’s empowering decision to have a “nude” photo shoot, a mother’s moving photos of her inseparable little girls, it just might be that the art world’s obsession with youth is fading, five Indian women whose lives led to landmark judgments or laws, and how to talk to your kids about the contributions of African-American women.

‘Mad Men’ Finale: I’d Like to Buy Matt Weiner a Coke 1431960293_don-draper-ohm-lg

By Alexandra MacAaron

In this giant gift of a final episode, we’re left with a very comfortable sense of hope. After 92 fairly gritty hours, happy endings—no matter how unlikely—are welcome.

Dr. Pat Consults: Ten Solutions for Poor Sleep 3 am

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

If you optimize your sleep habits and are still struggling, consider seeing a provider who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi). CBTi takes a closer look at the behaviors and thought processes surrounding sleep, and has been shown to be effective for those with sleep issues.

Poetry Sunday: “That Year I Read Anne Frank’s Diary,” by Susan Cohen this-is-a-page-from-anne-franks-diary

How does this poet make it new, this story we know so well? One way is by bringing Anne Frank close with an intimate conversational tone (“Did she have the same trouble with her hair?”). Another is through vivid figurative language like “shy as my buds of breasts” and the potent image and sound of “soot twin.”

Molly Fisk on Yoga: Pushing Out That Last Ounce of Breath 8024393669_d21ba55ed2_z

By Molly Fisk

Even though I can’t differentiate between the lower part of my lung and the upper, and my inhalations last a nanosecond at best, I am breathing in and out on purpose, and that has changed everything.

Fitness Saturday: The Back Lunge

By Brooke Marrone

Today’s exercise, the back lunge, is not only effective at targeting all of the major muscle groups in your legs, it also places less stress on the knee joints; It’s a great move for beginners to start with.

Fashion Friday: Summer White white

While many of us regard white as a basic addition to any wardrobe, the summer white has the uncanny ability to function as a knockout style, as the ultimate desk-to-dinner piece, or as the epitome of summery-sweet.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Infertility treatments often contain mood-altering hormones. Furthermore, the monthly drama of hope and disappointment accompanying each cycle is very taxing. And the focus on reproductive tactics, including timing of ovulation and other techniques, takes any chance of “romance” out of lovemaking.

The Wednesday 5: Lists (not Binders) Full of Women A1r2IZBarML

In this week’s Wednesday 5: women who did not “make it” until they were 40; seven women who could run for president; Fadumo Dayib, who could be Somalia’s first female presidential candidate; how women can take charge of their retirement; and a beautiful ode to our women astronomers.

Netflix Review: “Grace and Frankie”—Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Make a Delightful Odd Couple Grace-and-Frankie-Netflix-Original-Cast

By Alexandra MacAaron

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (who both look fabulous at, respectively, 77 and 75) are perfectly matched. As you watch each 30-minute episode of this Netflix series, you can appreciate not only their acting, but how much fun they’re having.

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By C.A. Carrington

C.A. Carrington, our Portland Correspondent, answers our Invitation urging writers to render spring in their part of the country.

Alternative Treatments for Depression (Dr. Pat Consults) 3899825528_7261373b15_z

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

A series of well-controlled studies showed SAMe to be as effective as, and better tolerated than, the older tricyclic antidepressants, and the majority of studies show it to be more effective than placebo. It can be used on its own for the treatment of depression.

Mother’s Day: “Gathering Bones,” by Wendy Barker barker

“Gathering Bones” braids two narratives-of-narratives: one, a film about a farmer whose retrieval of bones allows him to construct a history of the Holocaust in which he finds himself complicit; and another, the history of the speaker’s mother, reconstructed from memory and dreams.