The Fourth of July in Pin Point, Georgia

July 3, 2015 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

For the descendants of former slaves, who had had the rare good fortune to remain an intact community from the time before freedom came to the early years of the 21st century, family closeness can be a celebration in itself.

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Borrowing Other People’s Mothers

June 27, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I loved my own mom, and consciously took on lots of her characteristics, too. But borrowing mothers who were different from her, whom I didn’t have to defend against their own choices and sadness, enriches my life to no end.

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Fashion Friday: The Maxi Dress

June 26, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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The Maxi Dress is a staple for the summer wardrobe with its cool and free-flowing billowing shape, long, full-tiered skirt, and ankle-grazing length.

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The House-Finch Dilemma

June 20, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

My grandmother carried my family’s conviction that there wasn’t going to be enough love, so you had to use it sparingly, and this turns out to be wrong. There’s plenty of love, and using it creates more of it.

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Fashion Friday: The Summer Statement Necklace

June 19, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Fashion Friday, we’re sharing with you our best picks for the bold, eye-catching summer statement necklace that adds a splash of color to your outfits, shows a bit of bling, and glams you up for the summer parties.

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The Joy of Reaching Out

June 13, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

As an upper-middle-class Yankee, making the required phone calls went against every rule I’d ever been taught. We were the helpers, not the helpees! You don’t talk about your troubles, and you certainly don’t ask anyone else to handle them for you.

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Gifts for Our Fathers—A Personal Touch

June 12, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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We are thinking of Father’s Day gifts that exemplify a personal touch, a thoughtful act, an embrace of the essence of who these men are.

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Gearing Up for Immortality

June 6, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

This was my first time being on YouTube, and like any sensible person, I was terrified. Once you’re on YouTube, people will be able to watch you for the next 2,000 years.

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Fashion Friday: When in Rome . . .

June 5, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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From fine cotton shirts, white maxi-dresses, and linen caftans to lace espadrilles, here are some of the classic Italian summer fashion staples that translate to any culture as a sophisticated and refined aesthetic.

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The Cactus Thief and the Would-Be Library Lap Dancer

June 5, 2015 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Our favorite librarian polled her fellow shelvers in order to make this list of Outrageous Questions People Ask Librarians. Under the “Hanky-Panky” Category: “Last week, a patron asked me to have sex with him in the alley.”

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Pure Pleasure; or, Boosting Those Feel-Good Chemicals!

May 30, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

When was the last time you went out dancing? Used a Hula-Hoop? Sang with other people, and not because you’re part of a Lovin’ Spoonful cover band?

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Fashion Friday: The Summer Sandal

May 29, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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What better way to free those feet (other than going barefoot, of course) than in a light, comfortable, and luxurious summer sandal? It’s a chic warm-weather mainstay, and with some expert curating it can be refined enough for work as well as transition into an effortless, casual option for weekends.

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Patriotism at Its Best: Memorial Day in Orient, New York

May 25, 2015 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

In Orient, it is the citizens themselves who march—not bystanders, but celebrants in a quiet (except for the sirens) ritual. That it continues with so little change has everything to do, I believe, with an emphasis on remembrance and participation.

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The Grocery-List Tattoo

May 23, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I’m going to start writing grocery lists on my arm, so I don’t forget the milk. Younger people will think I’m nuts, but I don’t mind.

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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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