Poetry Sunday: “A Bell Buried Deep,” by Veronica Golos Golos_4-20-15

By Rebecca Foust

What makes this poem so memorable? Maybe it’s the subject I impute to it—loss of a child—and the remarkable way the poem transmutes the speaker’s grief into a life-force of desire for the “you” in the poem, her lover and marriage partner.

Cantor Debbi: Have Torah, Will Travel Debbi Baillard

By Roz Warren

Where a more traditional cantor might turn down the opportunity to officiate at an interfaith or LGBT wedding, Debbi Ballard’s approach is to focus on the possible. “I‘d rather say ‘yes’ than ‘no’,” she explains. “’No’ ends the conversation. ‘Yes’ begins a dialogue. With ‘yes,’ you leave the door open.”

Fitness Saturday: Avoiding Fitness Trends — Quality vs Quantity SquatBicep2

By Jonathan Urla, MFA

It is never wise to sacrifice form or quality of movement at any time during exercise. The science of training shows there are many ways to get the benefits of a time-efficient workout without the injury risk from ill-advised extreme efforts.

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By Molly Fisk

In my family, after a certain amount of struggling with Crisco and not touching the dough with our hands, which is what those good Midwestern pie bakers advise, we gave up. The Fisks do not like to struggle.

That’s Why the Lady Is an Ump

By Deborah Harkins

Perry Barber has called more baseball games during her 32-year career than any other woman umpire, and more than a lot of men, too. She means to continue umping as long as her strength and her legs hold up—and goddess help any bureaucrat who tries to keep her out of the game.

Dressed for a Cause, Part II — ‘Women’s Voices for Change’ Celebrates 10 Years WVFC

Our luncheon guests glowed with their enthusiasm and support for the work of Women’s Voices. While we were discussing serious matters, we also took note of what they wore for our fun Fashion Friday series. This week, we zoomed in on the lovely arm candy accompanying them—their handbags, purses and clutches.

A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Mary Palmer, Seattle’s Pied Piper Mary_Palmer_and_Lightning_Round_kids_32014

By Toni Myers

The Global Reading Challenge is designed to include all fourth/fifth graders, not just the avid readers, though they are its biggest cheerleaders. Though it means more work, they love the excitement (as well as the safety) of competing in teams; the wild and crazy practice sessions; the recognition by everyone in school; the realization later that they will always and forever be Global Scholars.

The Elusive Quest for Healthy Self-Esteem 2120908716_f9fb2a0bf5_z

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How do you promote genuine feelings of self-worth?

Today’s Talk Topic: Climate Change—the Apathy of the Enlightened 9287609827_31e783887f_z

Humans have a “psychological capacity to know something and live as if we don’t know it,” explains a psychologist/economist who is alarmed at our lack of alarm about the cataclysm to come.

Dominique Browning: ‘Making a Difference in the Air We Breathe’ heart_hands

By Judith A. Ross

While what we do at home is important, “it’s not what is going to solve this [climate change] problem,” Dominique Browning says. “What will work is old-fashioned citizenship.”

The Wednesday Five: The ‘Genius’ Women of the 2015 MacArthur Awards Mimi Lien is seen at her home in Brooklyn, New York on Monday September 14, 2015.  Adam Lerner / AP Images for Home Front Communications

This year, nine women (of the twenty four winners), who are groundbreaking in their fields of neuroscience, photography, tap dancing, history, set design, fabrication, poetry, and economy, received the coveted prize.

A Papal Visit: Lasting Impressions 9-25-Pope3

Pat Kinney

Seeing the pope in 1995, I could feel sympathy for my mother’s experience. I somehow shared that moment with her, and that came back to me watching and listening and reading coverage of the visit of the current pope.

Risky Business: Reinventing Life in Middle Age—or Later

By Deborah Harkins

“Law school almost killed me. It almost kills even the 22-year-olds,” says Diane Bradshaw. A singer-dancer-actress for a quarter of a century, she finally yielded, when she was 48, to the continuing call of a college education. “Law school tore up my guts,” she says. “But I’m glad it did, because practicing law tears up your guts too, and a lawyer has to be able to withstand that.” And then there was the financial risk . . .

‘Left Behind,’ by Kim Akhtar WVFC

Anwar was driving fast and the car’s red taillights soon disappeared when they reached the end of the lane and turned right back onto the main highway. It happened so fast. All of a sudden Zahra was gone. She’d left me there. But why? I couldn’t understand. What had I done that was so wrong?

Movie Review: ‘The Second Mother’ Is First-Rate 30-second-mother.w560.h375

By Alexandra MacAaron

Writer and director Anna Muylaert has woven an interesting and layered story around the theme of a mother’s sacrifice. She began the project as a reflection of motherhood and social structure in her country.