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As women, we have to wonder why, in 2016, someone with such negative attitudes toward us can generate so much enthusiasm. We’d better roll up our sleeves, because there’s a lot of work to do.

Ro’s Recipes: House Party in Bruges & Mariners’ Mussels 15782675044_26f732714a_z

Three weeks later Jean-Luc called. He was visiting London. We went to a little French-Belgian place so I could have the iconic Belgian Moules Marinière and Frites that I’d spoken of that ignominious weekend. Over many happy meals of moules, Chinese, Indian, French, Turkish and English food, we developed a warmhearted friendship that we have both treasured for many years.
Sometimes out of the sad fire of misled expectations and blind hope evolves a phoenix of happy stories.

The Wednesday Five 514ppIYC6SL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

In this week’s Wednesday Five: Our picks for riveting biographies and memoirs about the brilliant and revolutionary lives of 20th and 21st century women.

Grace Visits: Artist Mimi Smith Mimi in studio wider shot

By Grace Graupe-Pillard

The visual elegance and allure of Mimi Smith’s work often belies the startling dichotomy between the object and the inscribed words. Her language is both comical and deadly serious, compelling the viewer to question any easy assumptions that they might have had concerning the issues that she tackles.

Movie Review: ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ Delivers as Expected Bridget-Jones-online-image1

By Alexandra MacAaron

It’s been 15 years since ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ and 12 years since ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.’ That’s quite a long time between sequels. So one has to wonder, does ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ deliver? It depends.

Old Issues: Aging Alone

By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

I am saddened by the entire system of eldercare, sorely lacking in preventive measures, with older people left alone in the care of strangers and with visits becoming further and further apart Ageism is so common here, we barely notice it.

Pneumonia: A Common Lung Infection That Became Famous

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Hillary Rodham Clinton had a cough and after a few tweets it became the cough that was heard around the world.

Pneumonia: Definition, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention gelbman-office-shot

By Dr. Brian Gelbman

The prognosis for pneumonia is very favorable and most patients respond to the first course of antibiotics with no long-term consequences. However, some cases of pneumonia can be more severe, especially when the patient has other serious medical conditions.

Road Trip…Unleashed: Hitting the Road After All These Years Route 66

By Phyllis Cohen

I didn’t realize how badly I’d been bitten by the wanderlust bug until, on the way to the supermarket one Saturday, my husband brought up our son’s upcoming vacation to China. A range of emotions came over me: waves of excitement, pangs of fear. Mostly, I was jealous.

Poetry Sunday: ‘Seventh-Inning Sermon,’ by Chiyuma Elliot elliott-california-winter-league-large

By Rebecca Foust

‘Seventh-Inning Stretch’ by Chiyuma Elliot knocks it out of the park with six tercets of incantatory, biblical-sounding long lines that inspire the awe we feel towards any art (including, I’d maintain, baseball) at its apex.

Molly Fisk: Wealth Measured in Persimmons 2110959200_c55c85cf8d_o

This fall, my 12-year-old Fuyu persimmon tree, which has borne fruit only twice since I planted it, went wild right under my nose. The leaves turned a glorious dark orange and then all fell off during a storm, revealing what I thought were 40 little orange globes.

‘Tech Neck,’ Premature Aging, and Poor Posture — A 21st Century Problem 8355329118_5a7ea96047_z

More and more people are coming into doctor’s offices complaining of neck pain or associated shoulder and lower back pain. Often, it stems from their habits of looking down at their mobile phones and computer screens. Health professionals have coined this problem as ‘tech neck.’

Fashion Friday: Adele Uddo’s Skin Care 101 adele-f27-kevin-hees

As a parts model, moisturizing is a must since any part of me can be called to work on a given day. If you properly hydrate your skin, it looks healthier. I’ve always understood that healthy skin looks beautiful at any age.

Were Women Overlooked in Selection of Presidential Debate Moderators? (In the News)

As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare to go head to head in the coming presidential debates, another discussion has emerged about the selection of the debate moderators.

Sex, Lies and Gender: Are Women Judged by Different Moral Standards? ford

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Women who aspire to top jobs are held to a different standard. They have to be “better” than the rest, even today. Most women know that, from a lifetime of experience, and in our hearts. As it plays out now on a national scale, perhaps we can all agree that the system is “rigged,” but let’s not forget whom it is rigged for.