Molly Fisk: I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me 27214980083_39651a2666_z

I love the moon at any stage, from faint silver thumbnail to fat gold globe rising behind all the spiky pine trees across the street.

A Bicycle Built for You and Exercises for a Better Ride NORTHWOODS LADIES HYBRID BICYCLE

Riding a bike is one of the most popular pastimes for recreation. Here are five easy stretches and exercises to help keep your muscles loose and posture aligned.

Fashionable and Informative: The Best Coffee Table Books for Summer 415xuUc6MsL

Whether you’re looking to revamp your coffee book collection, or add to your library, or decorate your living room, or embark on some self-guided learning on contemporary and vintage fashion trends, these lovely fashion books will do just the trick. Here are our must-reads to add to your summer reading list and beach totes!

Ro Howe’s Recipes: Pan-Roasted Asparagus/Tomato Fusilli Carbonara Untitled

By Ro Howe

Pasta carbonara—that simple, hearty dish based on eggs, cheese, and pancetta or guanciale bacon—is here translated into a flavorsome vegetarian dish.

Openly Gay Woman Wins Miss Missouri Pageant (In the News)

Erin O’Flaherty is the first openly gay woman to win the Miss Missouri pageant and will compete in Miss America in September.

Let LGBT Be the Issue to Unify Us 8450394689_0a9e6b58a9_z

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Perhaps a dialectic is occurring that will eventually lead to truly widespread acceptance of LGBT individuals. This issue could be an important step on the road to easing tensions between groups, maybe even a cornerstone. Why? It is now recognized that sexual/gender orientation is an issue that any family can encounter and knows no racial, ethnic or political divisions.

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In this week’s Wednesday Five: women are writing the best crime novels now more than ever; Charna Helpern is the hidden architect of modern comedy; an inspiring story of how one family’s heirloom wedding dress has been worn by 11 brides over 120 years; the Women’s Prison Association is turning the women of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ into prison activists; and Mary Norris is ‘The New Yorker’s’ comma queen.

Netflix Review: ‘Orange is the New Black’ — The Bad Girls Club is Back ae73dcb8c5e74cf40739de356d94dd0e506bbc6e196ddf3ef6eb3ad9f95878f8c

By Alexandra MacAaron

In season four, ‘Orange is the New Black’ is focusing on the privatization of prisons, and the ethical issues that come with that trend. Critics who have already watched the entire fourth season are warning that it’s the darkest one yet, with a more oppressive institution and a brutal new villain.

Park Production Mocks the Misogyny in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ (In the News)

How do you make Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” palatable to contemporary women? You play it this way.

Ask Dr. Pat: In Her 40s: Menopausal Symptoms After an Endometrial Ablation

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

If you’re convinced that you’ll be tortured by hot flashes and temperature disruptions, then you certainly will be. But if you’re disciplined about taking the steps described, you’ll have non-medical tools to diminish the impact of the hot flashes.

Poetry Sunday: ‘Staff Sgt. Metz,’ by Dorianne Laux 8329847-1

The most powerful political poems are those that actually implicate the speaker and thereby the readers themselves. Today’s is one such poem.

Father’s Day: Dad—on the Run Frank-June-Dad-late20s_0426

It’s impossible for me to think about that eager, good-humored youth without remembering the saddest day of Dad’s life, when he went from father of seven to father of six.

Molly Fisk: On Not Becoming A Ballerina 5539667446_aa358e9206_z

I did not turn out to be a ballerina. I’m also not a mother, and lately, now my friends’ kids are having babies, I’m aware I’m not a grandmother, either. This doesn’t really bother me . . . much. But it opens the door to the question, “Well what the heck am I, then?”

VIDEO: Tennis for Fitness and Fun Jonathan for web

By Jonathan Urla, MFA

While many people play well into their prime, tennis can be strenuous to the body, especially the knees and shoulders. It is wise to include pre- and post-game stretches and exercises. In today’s post, I am including a video of some targeted stretches and core exercises that will help get your body game-ready.

Fashion Friday: Stylish Summer Hats a7c688b0188f9175436b6c3c381b07aa

It’s time to get shady. When it comes to choosing a stylish summer hat, pick one that will keep you cool, calm, and protected.