The Wednesday 5: A Manual for Non-Traditional Thanksgivings

In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share with you some of the best Thanksgiving stories and survival tips offered by members of our own Women’s Voices family. We didn’t have to look far for advice from women in many different stages of life who’ve chosen to spend their Thanksgivings in non-traditional ways.

Book Review: “Older Faster Stronger,” by Margaret Webb Click here to purchase on Proceeds from your  purchase help fund Women’s Voices‘ nonprofit mission.

By Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

We listened in admiration as the former “short, stocky, flatfooted, still-smoking, pre-menopausal woman” told of the strength, energy, and lifted spirits that have enhanced her life since she decided to exercise her 50-year-old body “to the fitness level of a fit 20-year-old.”

Medical Monday: A Survival Guide for Thanksgiving and Beyond 4135626581_7bc080c706_z

Lilli Link, MD, MS

Thanksgiving marks the start of a holiday season that is loaded with gustatory temptations. Still, with some thoughtful planning you might end up feeling better than ever by the time the New Year rings in.

Poetry Sunday: “Over the River and Through the Wood” (aka “The New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day”) Lydia Maria Child (1870)

Hurrah for the pumpkin pie! And hurrah for the nineteenth-century abolitionist, women’s-rights activist, scholar, and novelist Lydia Maria Child—the strong woman, so far ahead of her time, who wrote the poem that has become America’s favorite Thanksgiving song.

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Roz Warren

Are boomers evil? . . . doomed? . . . or simply the most selfish generation ever?

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Here’s a quartet of hostess gifts guaranteed to reflect your thoughtfulness and express your gratitude for a well-executed gathering. They are all meant to give your hostess some much-deserved moments of indulgence.

On Emotional Health: Finding Solace in Food 6425796905_fd044f4126_z

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

Research has become increasing interested in the role of emotion in driving our eating behavior, putting scientific data behind what many of us have known intuitively—that, when push comes to shove, many of us find solace in food.

The Wednesday 5: Living Mindfully 10519508175_74209c0620_o

In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share with you five powerful pieces that cajole us to live mindfully—i.e., commit to the art of conscious living.

NANA POWER: The Extraordinary Art of Niki de Saint Phalle Niki de Saint Phalle Expo Poster

By Toni Myers

Niki de Saint Phalle was a tireless fighter for women’s issues through her art—indeed, she was the first artist to make women her focus in such a way. Unique in the art world, her uninhibited style has wowed people everywhere. She wanted to bring joy, humor, and color into everyone’s life, and she succeeded brilliantly.

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By Dr. Baxter Allen

As Dr. Richard Isaacson, Director of the Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, states, “While there is no magic bullet or magic pill for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, evidence-based and low-risk interventions have great potential to maintain our brain health.”

Poetry Sunday: A Recently Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Reflects Alice_Pettway_Author_Photo

Alice Pettway is a friend of “Women’s Voices for Change” and an ally of all of humanity. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa, she retained her full-time dedication to poetry even as she took on the panoply of jobs assigned to her. She saw much as others have, but she understood what she witnessed in her own empathic way.

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By Molly Fisk

When you go snorkeling, Sarah says, there are millions of incredible fish, including parrotfish, in all those same amazing parrot colors. And among the parrotfish, there’s a gray one, with a red tail! “You can’t think the universe lacks a sense of humor when you come across something like this. What other reason could there be?”

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The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are, we think, much more women-friendly. Most of us carry our phones in purses, anyway—so all the chatter about the iPhone’s larger size being incompatible with jean and pant pockets is meant for the guys.

On Emotional Health: This Is Not Your Mother’s Retirement 11746004005_262a9f85fa_o

By Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

If you think of retirement as a wheel with many spokes, with some planning and networking you can create a healthy balance of health and fitness, family and relationships, lifelong learning, creating community, leisure time, travel, and spirituality.

Wednesday 5: Top 5 Longreads Hiroshima

In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share our Top 5 Longreads—longform journalism articles and narratives of more than 1,500 words, written by women and about women. They include stories of the women survivors of Hiroshima; the online abuse women face when they make their opinions public; the emotional toll of being unemployed; the intersections of journalism and environmental activism for one reporter; and deconstructing the “difficult woman” who is Vivian Maier.