Roz Reads: ‘Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food’

April 19, 2014 by Roz Warren


The author tracks down every knish-appearance in popular culture, from Yiddish theater to “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Knishes in poetry. Knishes in popular song. (Including rap.) The knish in literature. The knish on Broadway. . .

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Radical Middle-Aged Cake Acceptance: A Modest Proposal

April 5, 2014 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

Is there a scientific name for this crazy cake phobia—the terror that strikes the hearts of otherwise sane and mature women when offered a delicious dessert?

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Terrible Tuesday: You Should Have Stayed in Bed Today

April 1, 2014 by Nancy Weber


Who can forget “Black Monday,” October 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones average plunged 508 points? But it’s the next day that financial insiders will always remember as the true nadir. . .

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Undermining “Underpants Man,” the Tony Matelli Statue

March 22, 2014 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

Would it be okay for a real middle-aged dude to wander the campus of a women’s college in his undies? I sure as hell hope not. So what makes “Sleepwalker” acceptable?

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Are You a Handywoman? Take This Simple Test and See!

March 11, 2014 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

An actual quote from ” Not Your Mother’s Book on Home Improvement”: “I could whip up a funky, modern coffee table out of reclaimed wood and tricycle parts in a single afternoon. Bring on the power tools!”

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The ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Issue: Lewd in the Library

March 3, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

The ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit issue just came out, and all over America, librarians are flipping through its pages and rolling their eyes.

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Books: Cartoonist Liza Donnelly’s ‘Women on Men’

February 25, 2014 by Roz Warren

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The cover art sets the tone. Just two faces, one male and one female. The woman, who is (naturally) on top, looks down at her partner, happy and confident, as he, underneath, gazes up at her, intrigued.

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The Women’s Voices List: Mail Call!

February 8, 2014 by Margaretta Barton Colt


By Margaretta Barton Colt

“’Adios Hollywood’ . . . There’s never been a Hollywood memoir quite like this one—but then, there’s never been a movies star quite like Dick, Dog of Oaxaca. Once a humble Mexican dog, he was discovered under a restaurant table, and his legendary career was launched . . . “

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Soylent! It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

January 4, 2014 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

“Perfectly balanced nutritious sludge that you can live on instead of preparing delicious meals?“ I thought. “I’m in!”

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Uh-Oh—New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2013 by Nancy Weber


By Nancy Weber

Just to prove we’re not curmudgeons, we’ll have champagne and caviar. We’ll kiss at midnight. I’ll feel loved and lucky. And next December, something will trigger that “uh-oh” feeling again.

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At 59, What’s a Cheap Thrill?

December 21, 2013 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

I just love the way it feels to wake up, refreshed, after hours and hours of delicious, soul-satisfying, care-unraveling slumber.

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Zen and the Art of Enjoying the Last Laugh

November 23, 2013 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

As your boss continues to blather on about something you haven’t done, think about how you can “punch up” his rant (and your response thereto) to emphasize how gracious, sane, and long-suffering you are, and how bat-shit-crazy he is.

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Bodies, Hot and Cold

November 10, 2013 by Susan Klatsky Cohen


By Susan Klatsky Cohen

I wasn’t used to sharing a bed, so initially I slept as far away from my husband as I could. Then I discovered that Michael was a living radiator, with a body that gave off heat. So I became a heat-seeking missile, snuggling until he woke up with his nose pressed against the alarm clock.

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Is Your Stomach Making You Sad? and Other Conundrums of 21st-Century Life

November 9, 2013 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

The questions we ask ourselves define who we are as a culture. “What is the meaning of life?” “Is there a God?” “Does anybody really know what time it is?” “Where the hell did I put my car keys?”

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Colonoscopy Serenade

October 26, 2013 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

Retired cantor Janice Woltag Cohen just turned 50. We boomers all know what that means. It’s Colonoscopy Time! Looking ahead to prep day, Cohen logged onto Facebook and posted a question: “What songs should I put on my colonoscopy mixtape?” Most of Cohen’s Facebook friends are boomers. They were on it in a flash.

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