Poetry Sunday: ‘How to Triumph Like a Girl’ by Ada Limón Ada Limon author photo_4-22-16

Is this a feminist poem?

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I loved photographing the schoolchildren in the Memorial Day parade, when recognition of a parent in the crowd-filled sidewalks initiated a loss of composure and a squall of wildly waving hands.

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A couple of years ago, my favorite ex-boyfriend was the subject of a documentary. The film told the story of his early hot-shot play-writing career, the theater company he ran — to great acclaim — and his fall from a bridge and massive brain injury.

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The shape and tone of your arms really begins with your shoulders —specifically, your deltoid muscles.

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Libby Fitzgerald and her innovative take in designing the modern espadrille is proof that necessity breeds invention. And in her case, reinvention!

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You can Google a lot of blah blah about why we mustn’t wear this or that before Memorial Day. My mother knew better.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Optimism has declined—because it is out of fashion, Gregg Easterbrook argues. Why is this, when there are so many ways in which the global outlook is rosier than ever? And, surprisingly, the “decline of the middle class” is a myth.

14 Attorneys General Call for More Research on Gun Violence (In the News) Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is leading an effort by 14 attorneys general to encourage Congress to allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study gun violence as a public health issue.

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In this week’s Wednesday Five, we’ve curated a selection of five commencement addresses from the 2016 graduation season by women of note — Maria Popova, Carrie Mae Weems, Sheryl Sandberg, Anne Marie Slaughter, and Hoda Kotb — that are sure to inspire.

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The series, ‘The Ascent of Woman,’ makes a compelling case that the way a society treats its women is indicative of not only its overall fairness, but also its economic success.

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By Deborah Harkins

“I had a very joyful and fulfilling career as a writer—but after 25 or 30 years, it’s just time to try something new,” Susan Nanus says. Her goal was worthy and her journey toward it transformative: She says, “I am different than I was when I started. More spiritual, certainly.”

Monday Notes From Dr. Pat

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

When I was in college, I worked at a private psychiatric hospital on the locked ward for women. Many of the patients I worked with on this ward had schizophrenia diagnoses. These women were often in their 20s and 30s, and many were in this locked ward for their first hospitalization after repeated attempts to diagnose and control behaviors in the community setting.

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

There are stories of truly exceptional individuals with schizophrenia — the lawyer and mental health rights activist Elyn Saks and the Nobel Laureate John Nash.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Researchers have found correlations between coastal living and better mental health, and have documented that the ocean has many positive effects on health and well-being.

Poetry Sunday: ‘Anti-Pastoral,’ by Vievee Francis Vivee Francis book cover_Forest Primeval_from NW website_3-28-16

By Rebecca Foust

What began as a protest against the pastoral tradition ends up as a new or alternative form of pastoral that can do what is needed here: powerfully convey a message about social justice. This poem gives me hope that language and literature are flexible enough to be adapted to our culture’s changing needs.