Volunteer Passion No. 4: A Tutor’s Tale
By Deborah Harkins
This is the tale of a tutor (one of 11,000 in the Reading Partners program) who relishes the chance to help a child discover the transporting pleasure that reading can provide.
Movie Review: The Real Subject of ‘Boyhood’ Is Motherhood
By Alexandra MacAaron
The performances, the story, and the way that writer/director Richard Linklater and his team seduce us into seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary make the experience of watching this movie so powerful.
Today’s Talk Topic: Our Labor Day Heroine—Mother Jones
Typically clad in a black dress, her face framed by a lace collar and black hat, the barely five-foot tall Mother Jones was a fearless orator . . . . Her energy and passion inspired men half her age into action and compelled their wives and daughters to join in the struggle.
Today’s Talk Topic: Wage Gap Erased!
A deal that will close a $7,000-per-year pay gap between male and female New York City safety agents. (Guess which group earned the lower salary?)
Poetry Sunday: Back to “Real” Life
Here we see that when Helen Hay Whitney returned to her engaged and enormous life, she took with her the comfort of something simple that she had learned to love.
Empathy, Informed by Pain
By Susan Lieberman
I don’t think I read as “old” to most people over 50. But one bum knee and any hope of a youthful image is shot. I am hobbling. I can’t get up gracefully. I wince when my knee is tweaked. I walk “old.”
Fashion Friday: Colleen Caslin’s ‘Ageless Style’ on 1010ParkPlace
If you’re like us, you’re tired of seeing clothes and magazines that don’t reflect the women we see in the mirror: smart, accomplished, grown-up. 1010ParkPlace, founded by entrepreneur Brenda Coffee, is out to counter these kinds of misrepresentations with the understanding that a woman’s style continues to evolve as she does. This week the site beautifully profiled “Women’s Voices for Change” board member Colleen Caslin, COO of Verdura fine jewelry.
Today’s Talk Topic: Riding in the World’s Toughest Horse Race at 61
During a grueling eight-day, 625-mile race in Mongolia Barbara Smith rode 28 semi-wild ponies on a route that traces Genghis Khan’s legendary long-distance horse-relay postal system, devised in 1224.
Sexual Incompatibility: Might an Affair Save a Passionless Marriage?
By Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
“Some people will judge you harshly for even thinking about having an affair. I will not. A 52-year-old woman has the right to decide how to run her own life. Seeking couples therapy from a sex and marital therapist might help you make a well-informed decision.”
Wednesday 5: The Best of the Internet This Week
Sofia Vergara’s skit at the Emmys erupts in accusations of sexism; despite that moment, it was a good night for roles for women over 40; a reminder of the things women couldn’t do 96 years ago; ads that showcase income inequality between men and women are banned in certain airports; and in this week’s dose of inspiration, a view of what 90 looks like!
September in Savannah
By Susan B. Johnson
Thirty-three years ago, after two years spent living on a sailboat, my husband and I decided to head home. But where was that? Fred needed ocean, I needed warmth, and we both needed jobs. Neither of us remembers why we decided on Savannah, Georgia (est. 1733), but it turned out to be the right choice.
Dr. Pat Consults: The Ebola Epidemic—Fear of Flying to Africa
By Dr. Jason Kendler
Unlike viruses such as influenza (the flu), the Ebola virus is generally not spread from person to person in the air. Because of this, traveling on an airplane with someone with the Ebola virus would NOT put you at risk, unless there is some DIRECT PHYSICAL CONTACT with his or her bodily fluids.
Poetry Sunday: The Wise Woman of Amherst
Emily Dickinson: If only we all—from Missouri to the Middle East and North, South, East, and West of those places, too—understood as she did.
Today’s Talk Topic: Three Cheers (Each) for These Feisty Females
Women’s path is still so littered with traditional obstacles that we at “Women’s Voices” feel a jolt of admiration and satisfaction whenever we read of another female “first.”
Molly Fisk: Where There’s a Will . . .
By Molly Fisk
When I say to myself, “I think Sarah would like those pearl earrings,” or “Sam should have the painting of Vermont,” a voice in my head pipes up at once and says, “Hey! I like those earrings, why does Sarah get to have them?!?” and “That’s MY painting of Vermont!”