A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Pamela Yew Schwartz, Bereavement Counselor

October 23, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

In Dr. Schwartz’s bereavement group for Chinese men, “They talk about sports—sports is a lifesaver. They talk about playing mahjongg. But eventually someone will ask, ‘How do you make the rice for one person?’ Another will say, ‘The loneliest time is before I go to sleep at night, and do you sleep in the middle of the bed?’ Supposedly they don’t like to talk about their feelings, but they do, they do.”

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Two More Words About Derek Jeter: His Mom

October 4, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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We at Women’s Voices for Change tip our caps to a woman who got it so very right. The applause was for her son, but the cheers were for her, too.

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Finding Friends Fast—Wherever You Are (Version 2.0)

September 28, 2014 by Karen O'Connor

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By Karen O’Connor

Well-honed friend-gathering techniques from a woman who moves from one city to another every two years. Wherever she goes, she needs to find friends fast. And she does.

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Book Review: The Venturesome Life of Gail Sheehy

September 13, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Sheehy’s memoir is the tale of a tempestuous romance; a compelling look into the first stirrings of female revolt in the 1960s and ’70s; and the story of a reporter who throws herself into danger so persistently that her book is clearly the blueprint for a screenplay.

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A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Ludy Green

September 9, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Since some domestic abusers vengefully track down their escaped partners, Second Chance Employment Services works with the Department of Justice to “change anything that needs to be changed to make a woman untraceable,” the agency’s founder says. “We had a woman who had to change her name and Social Security number three times.”

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Social Anxiety Disorder—Leading a Bleak, Constricted Life

September 4, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“I have ‘habits’ that make me feel less anxious: I drive the same route every day, park in the same spot, eat the same lunch, leave at the same time, and take the same route home. I don’t know if I can function if I have to change anything in my life.”

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Volunteer Passion No. 4: A Tutor’s Tale

September 2, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

This is the tale of a tutor (one of 11,000 in the Reading Partners program) who relishes the chance to help a child discover the transporting pleasure that reading can provide.

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Appalachian Voices: Power to the People!

July 22, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

This, I guessed, was a small band of activists who had grit and optimism, given that they’re fighting so massive an opponent—the entrenched, politically powerful coal industry. I found myself wondering, “Who ARE those guys?”

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Dominique Browning: “Making a Difference in the Air We Breathe”

May 19, 2014 by Judith A. Ross

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While what we do at home is important, “it’s not what is going to solve this [climate change] problem,” Dominique Browning says. “What will work is old-fashioned citizenship.”

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Jill Abramson’s Firing: The Old Double Standard at ‘The New York Times’?

May 15, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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When Jill Abramson became executive editor of “The New York TImes” in 2011, she said the promotion was like “ascending to Valhalla.” On Wednesday she was abruptly fired, for reasons that remain murky.

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Days of Their Lives: Sandy Wilbur, Forensic Musicologist

April 29, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

What IS musical plagiarism? Is a particular number of notes, strung in a certain order, the giveaway? Sandy Wilbur, forensic musicologist, says no; it’s more complicated than that.

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Days of Their Lives—Earth, Fire, Water: Jerolyn Morrison’s Dream Job

April 1, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Jerolyn and her fellow researchers tease out the details of the ancient Minoans’ domestic life through piecing together shattered objects, chemical analysis, experiments (like cooking demonstrations), and informed speculation. “We put these deposits together very slowly, very meticulously, to form a story about an archaeological deposit that’s been excavated,” she tells us.

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Those Radical Rosies: Keeping Their Stories Alive

February 11, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

“It has taken a couple of generations for the belief in women’s competence to really sink in,” notes producer Elizabeth Hemmerdinger. “Women of my generation have it . . . women in their sixties. But younger women, the 35-year-olds, they’re absolutely certain. ‘Fighter pilot?’ they’ll say. ‘No problem!'”

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Opening Your Life to Magic

January 21, 2014 by Jennifer Cheyne

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By Jennifer Cheyne

Now that I’m not young, there is so much more “me” inside than there used to be. That primordial mom that we all psychically cling to is in there now. A file cabinet full of experience and self-knowledge, too. A woman needn’t seek support for her right to claim a moment as her own—she can make it so.

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Days of Their Lives: Louise Fili, Always Elegantissima

January 14, 2014 by Mariam Aldhahi

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By Mariam Aldhahi

By borrowing from the form of vintage Italian signs and advertisements, graphic designer Louise Fili maintains an elegant, classic feel that manages to ignite nostalgia in even the most devout modernist.

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