The Way We Were: The SNCC Teenagers Who Changed America

February 26, 2015 by Judy Richardson

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By Judy Richardson

How did they find the courage to do it—challenge the racist order in the South in the 1960s? Who formed the strategy, who dared to take it out to the violent streets? In this forthright memoir, Judy Richardson gives us an insider’s look at the danger-ridden early years of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, “the only national civil rights movement led by young people.”

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Volunteer Passion No. 5: “Highlights” Tour Guide at the Met

February 3, 2015 by Nora Brossard

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By Nora Brossard

It’s a lightning tour: We have to hustle, for we contemplate seven different works of art, in seven different galleries, in an hour. (At least there’s no time for anyone in my group to get bored.)

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Crossroads: Dire Straits in the Food Emporium

February 1, 2015 by Emily Kelting

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By Emily Kelting

My credit cards were declined. When a man behind me in the Food Emporium line (a fellow church member) had to step up and pay for my groceries, I knew this was my fork-in-the-road moment.

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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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