Book Review: “Lighter As We Go”
The book’s authors assure us, through personal anecdotes, case studies, and findings from research on aging, mental health, and illness, that growing older can be a rewarding and enjoyable phase of life.
Wednesday 5: The Best of Internet this Week
A look at the “perfect” (quotation marks intentional) woman’s body over the past 100 years; The Onion.com posits, in a parody, the dismay of increasing number of men pressured to accept realistic standards of female beauty; a video explores what happens when men realize they are harassing their own mothers on the street; a mom explores why “good moms” get hated on; and poet Elizabeth Alexander meditates on the early death of her husband in an upcoming memoir.
Documentary: “Every Revolution Is an Adventure”
By Alexandra MacAaron
“Art Is a Weapon” tells the story of Angel Wagenstein, 92, whose life and life’s work affirm that none of us should be satisfied simply watching history unfold around us. We are an intrinsic part of a greater whole. We must actively participate.
Dr. Pat Consults: Tamoxifen and Menopausal Mood Swings
Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D., a psychiatry resident at the University of Washington, addresses the concerns of a woman who is taking tamoxifen and wonders how that affects her disturbing menopausal mood swings.
Poetry Sunday: The Devouring
Hunger motivates generosity; above all, art sustains us in this spare, intricately carved poem by Amanda Turner.
Crossroads: Choosing the Path to Ignorance
At one fork in her life’s road, our resident contrarian, Nancy Weber, took the wrong path—and, of course, she relishes telling us about her life-altering mistake.
Molly Fisk on Keeping Secrets
By Molly Fisk
I want grocery aisles and church pews and minor-league baseball bleachers to fill with the sound of spilled secrets. Tell them all, and then take a deep breath. No guilt allowed.
Fitness Saturday: Doing the High Plank Knee Cross
By Brooke Marrone
Most people have very tight and short hip flexors (inner hip muscles), so this exercise is a great way to increase your flexibility in that area.
Letters to My Younger Self: Be Open to Love in All Its Expressions
By Suzanne Russell
Maybe certain types of love are more suitable to certain stages in life. Maybe intense passion is not sustainable. Maybe comfortable cooperation, respect, and shared values are the most important qualities for married life.
Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: The Illusion of “Having It All”
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Most working mothers feel that they don’t “have it all”; what they have is two full-time jobs. What they have is “too much” . . . and we have a long way to go before a comfortable choice is available to all.
The Wednesday 5: On Proper Roles for Women
A mixed bag of successes by, and snubs to, women in movies, advertisements, TV, and business management.
Oscar Nominations, 2015: Changing the Odds
By Alexandra MacAaron
On the Academy Awards: If you’ve been following along via Twitter, what has surfaced as the biggest story—and greatest controversy—is the Academy’s snub of the movie “Selma.”
Dr. Pat Consults: Colds vs. Flu—How to Tell Them Apart? And What Treatments Work?
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Jason S. Kendler, M.D.
From an M.D. who is an infectious-diseases specialist, information on respiratory conditions: colds, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, and strep throat.
Poetry Sunday: “I Was Playing Girl. . .”
There is a voice that sings “beyond the genius” of Wallace Stevens’s famed sea, a voice that soothes by revealing intimate knowledge gained through passionate and complex experience . . .
Molly Fisk: A Whiter Shade of Pale
By Molly Fisk
A complicated morning for our Molly.