Molly Fisk: Chairs 3496906579_21664ca19f_z

The 19th century British architect and textile designer William Morris famously said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” I love this quote, but I think he might have added that no one needs more than one of each of these things

Fitness Saturday: Measure the Moment — It’s All Good! Jonathan for web

Life is full of wonderful opportunities to move and be active. Let’s look at some common activities that can easily be turned into exercise, and you don’t need to be wearing your gym clothes to do them, although do wear your workout sneakers if you can.

Marion Fasel: Fashion and Reinvention in the Jewelry World mf20150507_142

Reinvention has been about changing mediums from writing books and working for print magazines to being a publisher of my own website TheAdventurine.com. The essence of what I do now is the same, write about jewelry, but being in charge of the publication in the digital space is the reinvention.

Letters to My Younger Self: “Entering Susan in College” — Love, Mom, 1972 Untitled 2

To my surprise, her papers contained carbon copies of letters that she often wrote. What an amazing gift for me to find. I discovered one particular letter she wrote after delivering me to my college campus in 1972. At the time, my mother was 42 and I was the oldest of her three children, her first she saw off to college. The letter is typewritten on onion skin paper and dotted with white out. She never mailed it.

The 4 Pillars of Emotional Intelligence and Why They Matter brain gearssm

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Emotional intelligence is a new and somewhat slippery concept. It helps to break it down into four main categories: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

All Hands Volunteers Pull Together With Ecuadorean Communities Alice at All Hands - Mark Whale

By Alice Pettway

When my partner and I heard about the devastating earthquake in Ecuador last spring, we knew we wanted to help. But we were also wary of throwing in with an organization that might do more harm than good. The earthquake damage was more apparent with each mile that passed—cracks in the road, rubble, half-houses spilling reminders of normal life. It was obvious how much help was needed, and we hoped that All Hands Volunteers Ecuador Earthquake Response was doing a good job. They were—and they are.

The Wednesday Five: The Body Positive Issue 440px-Kayla_Harrison_Rio_2016c

In this week’s Wednesday Five we share stories about women who are leading global movements towards embracing positive body images of themselves and their community of women. We’ve just spent the last two weeks glued to the Olympic Games in Rio, riveted at how extraordinary the human body is. And still, we are in a time where we’re inundated with photoshopped ideals of what beauty should look like and what size, shape, and color it should come in. That’s why we find these women refreshing and groundbreaking — they are creating their own definitions of what is beautiful.

Movie Review: ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ — Meryl Streep at Her Most Delicious (and Discordant) Florence1

By Alexandra MacAaron

“People may say I ‘can‘t’ sing,” Florence Foster Jenkins once said, “But no one can ever say I ‘didn’t’ sing.”

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By Ro Howe

This year’s Rio Olympics has unlocked that old trunk in the attic. And while rummaging around the skimming of tattooed-mind moments and tattered remains of memory embers, I stopped to smile at my first discovery of Brazilian food.

Ask Dr. Pat: Help! My Ob-Gyn’s Treatment Isn’t Helping My Menopause Symptoms

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

The patient-doctor relationship is part of the healing process. This relationship requires both a “a good fit” and takes time to develop. Doctors need to listen to the patient’s story and understand that not all gynecological problems are diagnosed by ordering tests or doing procedures.

Christine Brennan and Sally Jenkins Put the Ryan Lochte Scandal Into Perspective (In the News) cbrennanheadshot08

Some of the best commentary on this sorry episode — the behavior of our swimmers from the United States, led by Ryan Lochte, who apparently lied about an encounter with security guards at a gas station — has come from two women who have been covering major sports for decades: Christine Brennan of USA Today and Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post.

Poetry Sunday: ‘After the Divorce, I Hold a Yard Sale,’ by MaryAnn Corbett 418IoxlU1AL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

The real genesis of the poem was in the many yard sales typical of our neighborhood, which includes a number of rental properties and student tenants. The sight of those intimate materials of daily life displayed in all their imperfection and disorder has always given me a pang because they stand for the way our lives and loves change.

Molly Fisk: Ready for Anything? 10031453223_0fc1932595_z

Probably the same principle operates in humans about disaster planning as it does about death. Somewhere in our deepest secret heart of hearts, we can’t believe it will happen to us. This principle is why people marry more than twice, and still buy homes in Florida with a straight face.

Get Off the Beaten Path in Ecuador’s Southern Highlands Woman in Plaza - Web

By Alice Pettway

Gualaceo, a town known for its crafts just a couple of hours away from Cuenca, was the perfect antidote to the crowds. Our first sign that we’d made a successful decision was the lack of tourists on the bus.

Women Athletes — and What They Wear?

Over the course of the past two weeks at the Olympic Games in Rio, the division in the way our global media culture reports on men and women athletes has received both praise and critique. When it comes to what our women champions are wearing, aka Olympic Fashion, as they compete, the divide cannot be any clearer.