Valerie Paley, Chief Historian at the New-York Historical Society, on Her Favorite Fall Indulgences

September 30, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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As much as she loves the “ever-growing pile” of books to read on her nightstand this fall, Valerie Paley shares with us some of her other favorite fall indulgences, including a penchant for websites where one can rent fabulous gowns and bags, the fragrance she’s been wearing since the 1970s, and the accessory that “transcends all seasons.”

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

September 29, 2016 by Ro Howe


By Ro Howe

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.

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

September 26, 2016 by Phyllis Cohen

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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.

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Molly Fisk: Wealth Measured in Persimmons

September 24, 2016 by Molly Fisk


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.

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Fashion Friday: Adele Uddo’s Skin Care 101

September 23, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


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.

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Ro’s Recipes: Catalan Culinary Entertainment

September 21, 2016 by Ro Howe


Originally the term tapa “top” referenced the little piece of bread placed on a glass of wine sampled in a bodega (wine cellar). On the piece of bread might be a shrimp or piece of cheese. Then tapas developed into small plates eaten around a small high table between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner.

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Molly Fisk: The Opposite of Writing

September 17, 2016 by Molly Fisk

Photo by Flickr user Carla de Souza Campos (Creative Commons License)

One of the characteristics of being a writer is that you work almost always alone. In a book’s publication stage there may be editors, copy editors, agents, first readers, second readers, and writers with more renown giving you blurbs for your cover. But for the first 99% of a book’s life, you’re in charge. There are great advantages to this, but if you’re a somewhat social person, it can get kind of lonely.

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Fashion Friday: Chiara Boni Spring 2017 Collection at New York Fashion Week

September 16, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

This week, Women’s Voices was front row as Chiara Boni unveiled its Spring 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week. As a whole, Chiara Boni’s designs are synonymous with elegance and timelessness. The hashtag emerging from this week’s unveiling added a new descriptor, #LadyLike.

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A Librarian Thinks About Censorship

September 15, 2016 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

I am now, like most librarians, an absolutist when it comes to defacing library property. You can do whatever you like to your personal copy of a book. You can annotate it, highlight it, cross out the parts you don’t like or cut it up for art. But leave library books alone. And yet, there are librarians who deface library books themselves!

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Ro’s Recipes: Two Keys Found in Wales

September 14, 2016 by Ro Howe


By Ro Howe

The first course was a simple chicken liver pâté served with toast points and cornichons. It was sumptuous, rich, and delicious — of course. But what impressed me more than anything, having a mother who “couldn’t boil water,” according to my father, was the delightful surprise that you could make it yourself. It was a revelation! An important one.

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Book Review: ‘The New Mediterranean Jewish Table,’ by Joyce Goldstein — Old World Recipes for the Modern Home

September 13, 2016 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson


By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

What I especially like about the recipes is that for each one the author gives a mini-history of the dish, so that we are not only gathering recipes, but also taking a culinary journey through countries that have the vast Mediterranean Sea as their backyards.

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Molly Fisk: The Pleasures of Eavesdropping

September 10, 2016 by Molly Fisk


One thing I like about being a writer is how you can sit anywhere for hours and amuse yourself. Restaurants, for instance. I settle into my chair and eavesdrop like a professional, stealing whatever I like best: phrases, accents, points of view. In fact, if you know me, you might want to sit a few tables away.

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Sharon Khazzam: A Love Affair with Gemstones

September 9, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


As a jewelry designer and lover, Sharon Khazzam is an advocate of wearing all you have all the time, and not saving anything for special events.

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Photo Essay: Bogotá — Beat the Rush

September 7, 2016 by Alice Pettway


By Alice Pettway

Most days, seeing a couple of tourists in my neighborhood makes me happy. It means that the world is starting to abandon the stereotypes that have obscured the beauty of Colombia’s culture for so many years. It means that people are giving Colombia a chance.

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Molly Fisk: How to Avoid a Boring Life

September 3, 2016 by Molly Fisk


I am never sorry when things turn out to be free, even though I was armed with small bills. And I’m always happy to be directed to secret locations, since much of the time I try to live my life as if I were a Russian spy only masquerading as a middle-aged American poet.

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