Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: When Parents Act Like Children 9710384965_81f0727756_z

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the most important boundaries between parents and children is the strict one concerning sexuality. Not only are the two generations required to refrain from sexual activity with each other: Even knowledge of the other’s activities is taboo.

Book Review: ‘Among the Ten Thousand Things,’ by Julia Pierpont 51BFdlB-LeL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

This novel is less about a failed marriage than about how the mysteries of adult life reverberate within children and ricochet among family members.

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Elena Ferrante on the conclusion of her Neapolitan novels, the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign aims to stop campus sexual assault, a two-week experiment in giving up refined sugar yields positive results, Steffi Graf as women’s tennis unconquerable force, and a splendid list of fall 2015 movies for grown-ups.

Wonder Women: Fall’s Network TV Lineup Promises to Be Empowering Untitled

By Alexandra MacAaron

Whether it reflects a renewed commitment to feminism, a sense that our society needs to be saved, or simply shrewd economics, all three broadcast networks are investing in super powerful females this fall.

Reversing the Effects of Sarcopenia, the Muscle-Mass Decline That Starts in the 30s 14068249358_eb7538d570_z

By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

Most of us realize that muscle mass or size increases with exercise and decreases with inactivity. Muscle mass and size also decrease with aging. Sarcopenia is the medical term utilized to describe this process.

Poetry Sunday: “Unicorn in Captivity,” by Marion Dornell Untitled

From the beginning, I was struck by the voice in the poems. Many were written in persona (spoken by pre-Civil War slaves, people in service of the Underground Railroad, WPA workers and others), but Marion Dornell’s voice rang through them all, pulling the thread that connected poems spanning generations and genders.

Molly Fisk: The Great Crossing Photo by Rick Harris via Flickr. (Creative Commons License)

By Molly Fisk

Every autumn we hold a triathlon to honor a local woman who died of cancer and raise money for cancer research. Four hundred women participate, some alone and some in teams, and the mood is vibrant, full of solidarity.

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Many of us become afraid of falling as we get older. Doing some balance exercises regularly will help you feel more confident and sure.

Favorite Summer Indulgences from Deborah Needleman WVC_headshot

As we are now winding down the summer, we’ve asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with their Sweet Summer Indulgences for the season. This week we invited Deborah Needleman, editor-in-chief of T, The New York Times’ style magazine.

Summer Recipes: Apple and Pomegranate Salad WVFC-A&Psalad-300x225

By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

For our Summer Recipes series, we are finding more ways to cool down. This week, we take you through the sweet, sweet goodness of an apple and pomegranate salad.

Sexual Assault, Intimidation, and the Fear of Being Rude embed_nymag_cover

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

It is well documented that women don’t often report sexual abuse, for a whole spectrum of reasons that impair their ability to deal with it and punish the perpetrators. One of those reasons is the fact that victims often don’t feel entitled to see the abuse as a crime.

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Women’s voices, great ones, are dominating podcasts, Chicago wins as the city with the most start-ups founded by women, the late photographer Mary Ellen Mark pays tribute to New Orleans in her final assignment, a new documentary charts the groundbreaking career of tennis superstar Althea Gibson, and this week’s New York Times Magazine has the award-winning poet Claudia Rankine weaving words about the athlete Serena Williams.

When Women’s Bodies Get Censored on Facebook: An Artist Responds Grace censoredabakanowicz sculpture150dpi Alterations 1980

By Grace Graupe-Pillard

In my portraits, the personal and the political are interlaced: they involve risk through a literal baring of self, expose the vulnerabilities of aging, and explore with humor and pathos, how I as an older woman exist and navigate as unnoticeable in an urban environment.

Family Story ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ Melts the Heart infinitely_polar_bear_ver2

By Alexandra MacAaron

Growing up and growing strong with a bipolar dad may have seemed like an impossible mission. But, clearly, writer/director Maya Forbes’ film ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ shows she has moved forward. Her tribute to her father and their troubled times together is worth seeking out. It’s not always easy to watch but, all-in-all, it’s a good story.

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By Roz Warren

Last week a patron at the suburban library where I work spent five minutes telling a colleague all about why (and exactly how) she should use a water pic. This inspired me to log onto my favorite Facebook Librarian Hangout to ask: “What’s the oddest thing a library patron has ever said to you?”