July 4 in Marblehead, Massachusetts: A Little Town with Big History

July 3, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

This town takes the celebration of the Fourth very seriously. Marblehead’s contribution to our winning the American Revolution was significant. In 1775, the town formed the 14th Continental Regiment, made up of seamen. It was Marblehead men who rowed Washington across the Delaware to the Battle of Trenton.

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July 4 in Afton, Minnesota: Heartfelt in the Heartland

July 2, 2014 by Diane Dettmann

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By Diane Dettmann

Afton, just fifteen miles east of downtown St. Paul, is a step back in time. Afton has no shopping malls, fast food restaurants, or stoplights. On a normal day it has very little traffic. Well, a traffic jam might happen if more than three cars arrive at the post office at the same time.

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Spring into Summer

June 21, 2014 by Judith A. Ross

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By Judith A. Ross

On the verge of summer in Massachusetts: my “Little Miss Kim” lilac arrives in a burst of grapey color and then immediately fades to white, leaving behind a trail of sweet perfume that fills the yard for days. . .

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Dr. Pat Becomes Coco: The Big Transition

February 10, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

There is one life-event that most women seem to look forward to with unabashed joy: the day that they become the “mother of the one who has reproduced.” But this was the Big Transition for me.

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Closing a Circle: Artifacts of an Earlier Life

February 1, 2014 by Shelley Singer

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After Susan died, there remained a condominium in D.C. to clean out and a car to sell. It struck me profoundly that I was the only person who could have done this task justice.

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Enchiladas for All: Notes from a Seattle Soirée

September 10, 2013 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

This is my idea of party heaven, a late afternoon–evening of the world as I’d like it to be: surrounded by people special to me, musicians strolling playfully, and an endless supply of chicken enchiladas. After 15 yearly events, I’m a specialist in soirées.

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Changing Clothes In Public: The Right Dress For A Perfect Party

July 22, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

We had scheduled more than enough time to arrive early for a change of clothes but then a small town summer parade upended our careful timing, forcing us to take a forty-five minute detour along winding and narrow back roads. I have been in this situation many times before. Socially, I am often just a bit off in time. So, I have learned to be resourceful.

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My Mother’s Last Valentine

February 13, 2013 by Nancy Weber

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You’d imagine that Valentine’s Day was over-the-top between my mother and my father. No. Let cheating husbands beguile their wives with heart-shaped truffles on February 14. Instead, my parents winked at Cupid and dedicated the day to family love.

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Rediscovering Our Passions

November 15, 2012 by Diane Dettmann

My mother, like many ’50s wives, embraced her household jobs with vigor and pride. Every Friday she “shoveled out the camp.” She tackled the kitchen sink stains with Hilex and scouring powder, scrubbed the worn linoleum floor on her hands and knees with Spic and Span, sterilized the bathroom from floor to ceiling. For a while she continued to dabble in her painting and embroidery . . .

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Ready for Sandy? Battening Down the Hatches, Manhattan-Style

October 29, 2012 by Patricia Allen

I reminded The Husband that the mayor had suggested that, to prepare for the Storm of the Century, we fill a bathtub full of water to use to flush the toilets when the electricity goes out. Reluctantly he agreed to take on this responsibility.

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From “Mother’s Ruin” to “Summer Refreshment”: Icy Gin and Oysters!

August 25, 2012 by Ro Howe

How about pairing oysters and a really cold martini with cucumber juice? Yes . . . listen for bells!—there is a marriage happening!—voilà! Cucumber martini sorbet with oysters and red pepper balsamic syrup!

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Fashion Friday: Ten Summer Indulgences from Pamela Fiori

August 24, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

From editor/author Pamela Fiori, summer entertaining tips, favorite summer reading, and three TV series she finds more appealing than the current crop of summer movies.

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Ten Summer Indulgences from Kara Ross

July 20, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

This week’s contributor to our series on Summer Indulgences is Kara Ross, founder of Kara Ross jewelry and winner of the 2012 Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Her indulgences include ice cream, bottles of bubbles, and a gorgeous stack of gemstone bangles.

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Fashion Friday: Ten Summer Indulgences from Liz Lange

July 6, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

What to wear to a summer party, favorite summer entertaining tips, and more from the next stylish contributor to our new Summer Indulgences Series—Liz Lange, whose eponymous maternity line changed the face of fashion forever for those who are expecting.

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Fashion Friday: Ten Summer Indulgences from Deborah Needleman

June 29, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

To swing into July, we asked several accomplished women we admire to come up with 10 suggestions for a sweet summer. Our first fashionable dreamer is Deborah Needleman, editor-in-chief of “WSJ,” the Wall Street Journal magazine, as well as the creator of the “Off Duty” weekend section of “The Wall Street Journal” and the author of “The Perfectly Imperfect Home.”

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