Poetry Sunday: ‘Sins of Grammar & Usage,’ by Ellen Doré Watson Ellen Dore Watson cover_Dogged Hearts_3-3-16

“Sins of Grammar & Usage” is free verse, three stanzas of nine lines of roughly equal length except that the last line in each stanza is about half the length of the others. I love the poem for its heightened use of and very canny look at language; that is, words and the grammar and syntax that govern how those words are used.

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Humans are made up mostly of water, stardust, and self-involvement. Our main lifetime recreation is making mistakes. Even if you’ve never once done anything wrong — and pardon me while I raise an eyebrow — it really is tempting Fate to cast the first stone.

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The creators of the new National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) decided that people should stop thinking of exercise, and instead think of moving around more. That’s nice, however telling people that any physical activity counts for exercise makes people think that everyday living is exercise.

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Being smart about your Fashion App game goes beyond Instagram and Pinterest. Here are some of the savviest fashion apps for both the techies and the style-conscious.

Oral Sex Is not Rape if the Victim Is Unconscious from Drinking, Oklahoma Court Rules (In the News)

In a decision that “completely gobsmacked” the Tulsa County district attorney, Oklahoma’s criminal appeals court recently ruled—unanimously—that state law does not criminalize oral sex with a victim who is completely unconscious.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Is trauma always devastating, leaving lasting scars that never heal and incapacitating us ever after?

At the Women in the World New York Summit, Mary Beard Traces the Origins of Misogyny

During an election season in which a presidential candidate is accused of “playing the woman’s card” simply for CWF (campaigning while female), the Women in the World New York Summit, held earlier this month, produced some noteworthy sessions.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Everything can be reduced to simple steps, but even the more stubborn, complex habits that have a component of physical addiction, such as alcoholism or drug abuse, can be battled using some of these principles.

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This year, 40 women made the list of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. While some of the more notable names might come as no surprise, we’re fascinated by the women whose names are not yet at the household level, but whose influence and impact are deeply felt around the world. Here are five women we look forward to following: Christina Figueres, Hope Jahren, Lori Robinson, Diana Natalicio, and Sunita Narain.

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Not only is it encouraging to see women in so many roles in ‘Eye in the Sky’ that are not gender traditional (mission commander, co-pilot, Undersecretary of State, identity analyst), but motives and feelings aren’t distributed along expected lines either. There are equal parts compassion and determination displayed by men and women alike.

The Burqa: Tool of Oppression? (In the News) THE-BURQA-ISSUE-w.2015.16

How do Muslim women feel about the burqa—the garment that former French President Nicholas Sarkozy called “a sign of enslavement and debasement”?

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Don’t make the mistake of failing to adjust your perspective to current reality. You may have aged, but then so have your classmates. They will not be seeing you through the same eyes they used in high school (thank god!).

Midlife Suicide Rates Increasing for Women

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

While the rate of suicide increased for both men and women, women saw a staggering 45 percent increase overall. For middle-aged women, suicide remains among the top 10 leading causes of death.

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By Rebecca Foust

A. E. Stallings is well known for her remarkable, seemingly effortless mastery of formal poetry as well as for her much-praised Latin and Greek translations.

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Age is not the primary factor in the choice of an exercise. The level of fitness and flexibility, absence of injury, and experience with the type of exercise are much more important.