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

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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

Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine, the nation’s premier medical journal, released an article describing new discoveries related to the FTO gene and its link to obesity, bringing with it hopes for new treatment options.

Dr. Pat Consults: Is the ‘Female Viagra’ for Me? 9462621927_f845321b51_z

Important work by Rosemary Basson, M.D., introduced the concept of a “circular” response cycle in women, as opposed to the more “linear” one that describes male sexuality, in which desire leads to arousal as a prelude to sex. Many women report “multiple reasons for initiating or agreeing to sex,” and desire may not be experienced until after arousal.

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By Rebecca Foust

The writer of “Mating Season,” Andrena Zawinski, tells me that it “is one of those poems that appears like an unexpected gift that only needs to be accepted, in this case written down.”

Molly Fisk: Weed-Whacking, the Anti-Depressant 3677135106_6ef3d73d9b_z

By Molly Fisk

I’m feeling grateful, delighted, relieved, and did I say grateful? Incredibly grateful. I’m quite sure that actual lines on my forehead are disappearing as the grass succumbs to their machines. Their parents would probably disagree, but for me, these kids are human Botox.

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

One out of three older adults (65 and over) fall every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries and fractures, with women being twice as likely to suffer a fracture than men. Exercise, however, is one of the best ways to help you keep your balance and avoid unnecessary falls.

Favorite Summer Indulgences from Emilie Rubinfeld FullSizeRender

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 Emilie Rubinfeld, Chief Marketing Officer at Carolina Herrera.