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By Barbara Fertig

For the descendants of former slaves, who had had the rare good fortune to remain an intact community from the time before freedom came to the early years of the 21st century, family closeness can be a celebration in itself.

Surviving the ‘Cast of Characters’ at Your Family Reunion 503545381_318f9bd7b1_z(1)

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

Like a play with its cast of characters, each family reunion comes with its roster of personalities.

The Wednesday Five: Fourth of July Reading List July_4,_1939_0

In this week’s Wednesday Five, we gear up for the Fourth of July with five incredible works of fiction and non-fiction that speak to the complexities and brilliance of our American communities and its citizens. These works on page are a sobering meditation on the state of our union—its triumphs, its flaws, and its current realities.

No More ‘Same-Sex': U.S. Supreme Court Affirms My Full Marriage WeddingStStephenpaper

By Chris Lombardi

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s final words of his opinion will likely be quoted in many weddings going forward: “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.” Those last words are a mic-drop declaration that the matter is settled, in every state of the Union.

Heatstroke: A Summer Risk for the Healthy and Frail heat-stroke

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Prevention begins with awareness of one’s environment and altering behaviors that increase the risk of heatstroke when at all possible.

Mind the (Coverage) Gap, Please! COBRA-Insurance-definition

By Maura Carley

This post is a needed forewarning about health-insurance-coverage missteps that can pose serious consequences for the individual-insurance consumer.

Poetry Sunday: “When the Heart Dies, It Dies Entire,” by Ginger Murchison Murchison_5-14-15

Ginger Murchison’s poem depicts Mars, a mighty racehorse, who runs till his heart bursts. How he is dispensed with afterward, quietly swept off to the side, calls to mind how our society deals with returning veterans and with our aging parents.

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By Molly Fisk

I loved my own mom, and consciously took on lots of her characteristics, too. But borrowing mothers who were different from her, whom I didn’t have to defend against their own choices and sadness, enriches my life to no end.

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By Brooke Marrone

The Pilates One-Leg Circle exercise is a fantastic way to work your core and tone your thighs.

Fashion Friday: The Maxi Dress image1xxl

The Maxi Dress is a staple for the summer wardrobe with its cool and free-flowing billowing shape, long, full-tiered skirt, and ankle-grazing length.

Book Review: ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’ caption text

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

Certainly there are limitations to what is possible in housing and treating the frail elderly, but in “Being Mortal” we are offered some fascinating alternatives.

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A new exhibition shows the evolution of how women experienced bathing; a crowdfunding platform set up by women researchers for women researchers; Refinery.com answers the question: How to wear sweatpants without looking lazy; this week’s dose of inspiration is the team photo of the Edmond, Oklahoma girls softball team; and John Oliver on the dangers of the internet for women.

Mary Stucky—a Woman Who’s Making a Difference Mary Stucky(1)

By Deborah Harkins

How a Peabody Award–winning journalist goes about teaching a new generation of foreign correspondents the old-fashioned tricks of her trade: how to find—and reliably report—serious stories on consequential issues.

Dr. Pat Consults: Egg Freezing and Your Future Pregnancy—What Women Need to Know oocyte

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“Egg freezing” or oocyte cryopreservation has reduced the pressure on women to have children during a limited reproductive time period when they may have not yet found their partner or be able to take on the responsibilities and joys of parenthood. For those women, oocyte cryopreservation offers the possibility of extending that window.

Poetry Sunday: “Father’s Day,” by Susan Browne browne_4-26-15 copy

I chose this poem for Father’s Day, not for its expression of the hearts-and-flowers sentiments we have come to so loathe. What the poem expresses is unvarnished feeling, a love between father and daughter almost anti-poetic in its expression.