Fashion Friday: That Linen Feeling

May 22, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Linen has become many things to modern fashion—a summer tradition, breathable and lustrous, casual yet refined, and cool and chic.

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Molly Fisk on Yoga: Pushing Out That Last Ounce of Breath

May 16, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Even though I can’t differentiate between the lower part of my lung and the upper, and my inhalations last a nanosecond at best, I am breathing in and out on purpose, and that has changed everything.

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Fashion Friday: Summer White

May 15, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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While many of us regard white as a basic addition to any wardrobe, the summer white has the uncanny ability to function as a knockout style, as the ultimate desk-to-dinner piece, or as the epitome of summery-sweet.

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Spring Breaks Out in Portland, Oregon

May 12, 2015 by C.A. Carrington

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By C.A. Carrington

C.A. Carrington, our Portland Correspondent, answers our Invitation urging writers to render spring in their part of the country.

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Molly Fisk: The Greeks Have a Word for It

May 9, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

When did “spaghetti,” which is what it was called when I was a kid, turn into “pasta”? And what does it mean when this sophisticated term comes out of the mouths of 10-year-olds? The same thing happened to “sherbet.” It disappeared, and now we say, sounding very swank, “sorbet.”

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Gifts for Our Mothers—a Personal Touch

May 8, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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This Mother’s Day we are thinking of gifts that exemplify a personal touch, a thoughtful act, an embrace of the essence of who these women are.

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Molly Fisk: Three Cheers for the Ordinary Human!

May 2, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I came to this coffee shop today because this is where I wrote my first essay, in October 2004. I wanted to see what it felt like to write my 170th one here, too.

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Fashion Friday: Dresses by Tadashi Shoji

May 1, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to Japanese-born designer Tadashi Shoji at the White House dinner for Japan by wearing a stunning rich purple gown. The first lady’s choice is a serendipitous and timely one, for Shoji offers some beautiful options for the mothers in our lives.

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: Spring In Northern California: Newts, Stellar’s Jays, and an Exuberance of Wildflowers

April 26, 2015 by Judie Rae

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By Judie Rae

Nevada County is blessed with miles of hiking trails, each one a separate treat. On the trails that are near water, Sierra newts put in a spring appearance. Their bright orange bodies stand out in the crystalline water, where they swim and bask, amusing watchers of all ages.

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Molly Fisk on Birdsong

April 25, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

The birdsong chorus is a wonderful melee, a beautiful cacophony, both melodic and chaotic, a crazy din. It reminds me of the way Utah Phillips sometimes ended his concerts.

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Fashion Friday: Hats for Spring

April 24, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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“A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.”

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Seattle, Swooning Over Spring

April 20, 2015 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Two weeks ago, our frequent contributor Toni Myers found herself so captivated by the lush beauty of Seattle in the spring that she sat down and wrote this “Ode to Demeter and Persephone.”

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Coastal California, It’s Almost Always Spring

April 19, 2015 by Susanna Gaertner

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By Susanna Gaertner

Each year in early March the UCSC Arboretium gets hundreds of visitors eager to admire and photograph the mighty hummingbirds as they feed on red (their favorite color) grevillea and perform their 70-mph dives for mating displays.

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OUR SPRING INVITATION: Ah . . . April in Paris . . .

April 18, 2015 by Tish Jett

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By Tish Jett

When I was in Paris earlier this week, I saw the most exuberant signal that spring has finally arrived: the chestnut trees in full bloom. I was conscious, once again, of that crystalline light that I associate with the city in printemps, particularly after the long, gray winter.

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Molly Fisk: Uncluttered and Standing Proud

April 18, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Oh, the pleasure, the satisfaction! A desk with no coffee rings, no inky thumbprints, no dead mosquito hawks! A desk with all those snaky electronic cords elegantly corralled by plastic cable-ties! Who knew that a fabulous 50-cent bright green cable-tie from Korea could work better than any antidepressant?

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