Molly Fisk: Meanwhile

July 25, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Meanwhile, the world is going on: Politicians in Washington and Sacramento are bailing out and budgeting, snakes are shedding their skins in my creek bottom, families in war zones are mourning their dead. It all happens at once, all the time, and you can’t stop it.

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This Essay Needs a Better Title

July 24, 2015 by Roz Warren

By Roz Warren

Titling has been never my strong suit. Writing a publishable essay? I can do that! But coming up with an amazing title for that essay? Not so much. Thank God for editors! And Facebook!

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Fashion Friday: The Summer Tote

July 24, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Why do we adore these oversized yet surprisingly lightweight, roomy yet classy, durable yet chic, numbers so much? Mostly because they can hold all the warm-weather essentials we need.

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Summer Recipes: Sunshine Summer Salad

July 24, 2015 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

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By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

In our Summer Recipe series this week, we show you how to put the sunshine in a hearty summer salad—another no-cooking recipe.

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Molly Fisk: Star-Gazing

July 18, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I’m someone who likes to see things proven, and watching the North Star hang in the sky just to the left of a pine tree has done a lot for my understanding of history.

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Artist and Designer Susan Ritter Finds Beauty in the Natural World

July 17, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Susan Ritter’s artistry is evident. She has taken three dissimilar stones and framed them aesthetically to enhance each as well as the combination. What an eye.

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Summer Recipes: Crunchy Quinoa Tabouli

July 17, 2015 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

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By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

Tabouli is traditionally made with bulghur, which is a form of wheat that has been toasted. However, almost any grain can be made tabouli-like. Quinoa lends itself nicely to the task because it is actually a seed that roasts well.

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Money and Meaning: Can’t Buy Me Love

July 11, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Emotionally, money means so much in our culture. Having it is good, but too much makes people jealous. Not having any erases you from the world. The unacknowledged punishment meted out to poor people, blaming them for their condition, is one of the huge social crimes of the last five centuries. I’m sick of it. I want to see money as what it is: a means of trade, not a four-leaf clover or a moral yardstick.

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Fashion Friday: Fade to Black in Summer

July 10, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Black in the summer is mostly thought of as a fashion don’t. The reason, of course, has nothing to do with fashion but with science—dark colors hold heat because they absorb light. But science shouldn’t keep you from wearing black altogether. The key is to wear black in breathable and light fabrics that keep you cool instead of increase your body temperature.

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Summer Recipes: Chilled & Dilled Cucumber Soup

July 10, 2015 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

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By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

The cucumber is low in calories with no saturated fats or cholesterol; a good source of potassium and low in sodium; contains the anti-oxidants carotene, vitamin C, vitamin A; has a surprisingly high amount of vitamin K (playing a potential role in bone strength).

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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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