An Immigrant Story: Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ Opens this Week hamilton-21

By Alexandra MacAaron

‘Hamilton’ is a genius synthesis of historical and contemporary politics, human passion, strength and tragic flaw.

Medical Monday: Preparing for Battle Is Vital for Weekend Warriors women weekend warriors

By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

There is no better medicine than exercise, in my opinion, but choose to do it wisely. Train your body to be able to handle the exercise based activities you want to participate in, take time to warm up and cool down, use your diet to help you prepare for and recover from activity and allow your body time to rest.

Poetry Sunday: Susan Terris: ‘Memo Poems’ Terris_5-3-15

Susan Terris’s “memo poems” are an example of a “nonce” or made up form—here unrhymed and unmetered couplets with no capitalization and no punctuation. According to Terris, the apparent informality of the poems is “deceptive” and produced work that was, for her “uncharacteristically raw and intimate.”

Molly Fisk: Big Rock Candy Mountain The Big Rock Candy Mountain

By Molly Fisk

I’ve decided this might be the week for me to run away from home . . . I just want another life. Does that ever happen to you? This whole racket of being grown-up and responsible is completely overrated.

Limbering Up: A Little Goes a Long Way Arm Circles

By Jonathan Urla, MFA

The fact is most of us could use some good limbering up exercises and stretches, especially as a way to prepare our bodies and our minds for a more effective and enjoyable workout.

Favorite Summer Indulgences From Stacey Bewkes H1-36b_1024x1024

As we are now in the throes of 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 Stacey Bewkes—Founder of Quintessence, a luxury lifestyle blog.

Summer Recipes: ‘Berry Fresh’ and ‘Ginger-Spicey Rainbow’ Fruit Salads Berry Fresh FrSalad2015-07-22

By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

The bevvy of berries, fleshy fruits like mangoes and plums, as well as grapes and avocados (actually a fruit) provide a perfect summer buffet of mix-and-match selections for fruit salads and smoothies.

What We Don’t Tell the Bride About Marriage 5365171326_518df426b6_z

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

When hearing couples make idealistic promises to each other, we wonder if they really understand what’s ahead.

The Wednesday Five—Women and the Art of Friendship on Film Joy_luck_club_movie_cast

In this iteration of The Wednesday Five, we turn to the screen and share with you five compelling films (many of them adapted from the page) that pay homage to the gift that is the enduring friendships among women.

Book Review: The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante my-brilliant-friend_612x381-3

By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Not since Doris Lessing’s autobiographical Martha Quest series, have I read a book so intensely focused on the inner complexities of what it is to be a modern woman as well as the contradictory emotions—love, jealousy, competitiveness, compassion—of female friendship.

Nobody’s Bridesmaid: Amy Schumer Brings her Unique Smart, Fearless Humor to the Big Screen in ‘Trainwreck’ trainwreckjpg-509f3e35892c02bf

By Alexandra MacAaron

Amy Schumer is a feminist. And she’s really funny. She serves up joke after joke, and she doesn’t seem to mind if she herself is the joke as long as it makes us laugh.

Dr. Pat Consults: Vertigo—Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment 600px-Blausen_0329_EarAnatomy_InternalEar

By Dr. Baxter Allen

The symptoms of vertigo are always unsettling. It has many causes; can be brief or chronic; completely benign, or, much less commonly, the first symptom of something serious, like a stroke.

Poetry Sunday: ‘Einstein’s Violin,’ and ‘Some Birth Day,’ by Sally Ashton Ashton_6-8-15

It took me awhile to get used to the idea of prose poetry—I love rhyme and meter and at first could not imagine poetry without these musical qualities. But reading the prose poems of contemporary poets has opened my ideas to the imaginative possibilities of this form, and I hope that these poems by Sally Ashton will do the same for you.

Molly Fisk: Meanwhile Untitled

By Molly Fisk

Meanwhile, the world is going on: Politicians in Washington and Sacramento are bailing out and budgeting, snakes are shedding their skins in my creek bottom, families in war zones are mourning their dead. It all happens at once, all the time, and you can’t stop it.

Water and Exercise—It’s About More Than Thirst Camelbak eddy Insulated bottles

By Jonathan Urla, MFA

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to water and exercise, and it is possible to drink too much water (hyponatremia), which has it’s own negative consequences. So, before you guzzle a 64-ounce bottle of water, here are some general guidelines.