All Hands Volunteers Pull Together With Ecuadorean Communities

August 24, 2016 by Alice Pettway

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When my partner and I heard about the devastating earthquake in Ecuador last spring, we knew we wanted to help. But we were also wary of throwing in with an organization that might do more harm than good. The earthquake damage was more apparent with each mile that passed—cracks in the road, rubble, half-houses spilling reminders of normal life. It was obvious how much help was needed, and we hoped that All Hands Volunteers Ecuador Earthquake Response was doing a good job. They were—and they are.

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The Trunk in the Attic of Rio de Janeiro

August 23, 2016 by Ro Howe


By Ro Howe

This year’s Rio Olympics has unlocked that old trunk in the attic. And while rummaging around the skimming of tattooed-mind moments and tattered remains of memory embers, I stopped to smile at my first discovery of Brazilian food.

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Molly Fisk: Ready for Anything?

August 20, 2016 by Molly Fisk


Probably the same principle operates in humans about disaster planning as it does about death. Somewhere in our deepest secret heart of hearts, we can’t believe it will happen to us. This principle is why people marry more than twice, and still buy homes in Florida with a straight face.

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Get Off the Beaten Path in Ecuador’s Southern Highlands

August 19, 2016 by Alice Pettway

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By Alice Pettway

Gualaceo, a town known for its crafts just a couple of hours away from Cuenca, was the perfect antidote to the crowds. Our first sign that we’d made a successful decision was the lack of tourists on the bus.

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Women Athletes — and What They Wear?

August 19, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Over the course of the past two weeks at the Olympic Games in Rio, the division in the way our global media culture reports on men and women athletes has received both praise and critique. When it comes to what our women champions are wearing, aka Olympic Fashion, as they compete, the divide cannot be any clearer.

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Ro Howe’s Recipes: Chilled Pear Soup with Raspberries

August 17, 2016 by Ro Howe


By Ro Howe

Though we can find pears all year, they are at their best and a glorious blessing of midsummer. When you bite, their solid structure defies viscosity. Their soft, slightly gritty cell structure holds intensely flavored juice with a distinct floral-pear aroma. Bite into a ripe pear and you will be forgiven the drool of nectar smearing your lips.

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Happiness, Liberty, Life? Politics and Art

August 16, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

How does art created 10, 20, or even 50 years ago speaks so loudly to issues that dominate headlines today? Is the current presidential race taking us forward or “back to the future?”

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‘Movie Logic’: 7 Impossible Things Regularly Seen in Films

August 16, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

I thought about the number of things that regularly happen in “movie logic” that are psychologically or physically impossible (or improbable). Films that avoid these devices are better for it.

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A Stove Named Gertie

August 15, 2016 by Ro Howe

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By Ro Howe

You can see how important Gertie has been to my work over the last 30 years! So it was with much trepidation that a while ago, I’m afraid I had to report that Gertie, our faithful Garland, had taken up smoking in her old age!

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Molly Fisk: Normal Sloth & Torpor

August 13, 2016 by Molly Fisk


Does this happen to you? Do some of those do-it-every-day-or-week jobs like cooking, cleaning, laundry, flossing your teeth, getting your oil changed, and mowing the lawn suddenly turn into Mt. Everest without warning? I am wondering if this is normal, or whether I’m having a very delayed mid-life crisis.

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Roz Warren: Not Sure if You’re Actually Having Sex? I Can Help

August 12, 2016 by Roz Warren


Apparently, this is how a cheater thinks. They phoned and flirted and texted and kissed and said “I love you” and made passionate furtive whoopee in hotel rooms, but they convinced themselves that it wasn’t cheating because “we didn’t have sex.”

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Fashion Friday: Kaftan Style

August 12, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


Elegant, flowing, luxurious, comfortable, chic, bohemian, glamorous, breezy, and freeing — these are just some of the words to describe the aesthetic and allure of this long printed cotton or silk dress.

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Time for Travel and Contemplation: Go to the Galápagos!

August 8, 2016 by Alice Pettway

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By Alice Pettway

For the next 12 days, we swam with baby sea lions, watched marine iguanas munch underwater, observed blue-footed boobies dancing, passed among enormous albatrosses, and contemplated the ages of giant tortoises. Each island was truly its own world.

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Molly Fisk: Wedding Bells

August 6, 2016 by Molly Fisk


Have I mentioned how much I love the couple I’ll be marrying, and how much I love my life? Who else gets invited to marry people in the Space Needle with a crown of roses on her head?

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Ro Howe’s Recipes: Spice-Roasted Golden and Red Beet Salad, Watercress, Candied Pecans

August 5, 2016 by Ro Howe


By Ro Howe

Here we loosely wrap roast golden and red beets with seasonings so their aromas penetrate the gently softening flesh, imbuing them with perfumed hints of Middle Eastern spice stalls.

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