Turning 60 in the Land of Oz

October 5, 2015 by Eleanore Wells


By Eleanore Wells

Once I made the decision to move, I noticed that I approached NYC slightly differently. I stopped looking at two things I typically like looking at: clothing and men. Clothing because, well, I’m throwing things out and not looking to re-accumulate. And the man thing just made sense.

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Spring Breaks Out in Portland, Oregon

May 12, 2015 by C.A. Carrington


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

April 18, 2015 by Tish Jett


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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Welcome Spring! An April Invitation

April 1, 2015 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

What do you plan to do to welcome April, the stand-in for the concept of spring? We in New York City, jaded as we are, have long given up on spring’s delivering, on the official date of arrival, anything but cold weather and threats of snow. But April brings more than showers here. New York really begins to bloom in the tender month.

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CHANGE? Jerolyn Morrison Responds to Our March Challenge

March 29, 2015 by Jerolyn Morrison


By Jerolyn Morrison

Ah, mundane routine! Surprisingly enough, that’s what anthropologist/archaeologist/potter Jerolyn Morrison longs to bring back into her life.

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CHANGE: Susan B. Johnson’s Response to Our March Challenge

March 24, 2015 by Susan B. Johnson


By Susan B. Johnson

Was she a fool? Did she need to change? Oh, yes! Let her count the ways.

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CHANGE? Grace Graupe-Pillard Responds to Our March Challenge

March 8, 2015 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

Final LouvreAphrodite and Grace Aprodite

By Grace Graupe-Pillard

I am not old! Not me! I am as youthful as ever, as curious as ever, as passionate in experiencing the drama and vicissitudes of life as ever. My eyesight might be getting weaker, but I “see” better than ever.

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CHANGE? Susan Lieberman’s Response to Our March Challenge

March 7, 2015 by Susan Lieberman


By Susan Lieberman

Am I am being bold enough, active enough, creative enough? ENOUGH with “enough.” The change I am making is to quiet my lioness in order to embrace my inner lamb.

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Molly Fisk on Masculine Solicitude

March 7, 2015 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times a man has acted protectively toward me—I well remember that warm and startling feeling. For some reason I’ve never been the kind of woman men take care of.

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Crossroads: “Nice Was Nice, but . . .”

February 12, 2015 by Susan Lapinski


Susan Lapinski

My friends and I could barely keep our footing as we trudged from the rock festival to the train station in defeat. I must have looked particularly soaked and sad, because a brown-eyed man in pink corduroy jeans stepped out of the crowd, smiled, and silently offered me an orange. That was Michel.

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Crossroads: She Moved to Paris for Work—and Stayed for Love

February 12, 2015 by Tish Jett

Tish Jett

Tish Jett

Then I remembered one of my favorite French sayings: “It’s better to have regrets than remorse.” Never mind if some argue that it’s merely a game of semantics. I thought I wanted to live my life, as much as possible, without one day looking back thinking, “I wish I had . . .”

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Crossroads: Choosing the Path to Ignorance

January 25, 2015 by Nancy Weber


At one fork in her life’s road, our resident contrarian, Nancy Weber, took the wrong path—and, of course, she relishes telling us about her life-altering mistake.

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Betty Buckley: “I Forgot to Get My Cutting Horse”

January 13, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Singer/actress Betty Buckley finds riding horses a good antidote to life in the limelight. “Horses are very spiritual,” she says. “They have an incredible emotional bond with human beings; there’s a tremendous, profound empathy between horses and humans that is very healing.” This is a refreshing contrast to a career in an industry filled with pigeonholing, constant judgment, and gossip.

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I Climbed a Mountain: The Good, the Bad, and the ‘Oh My Goodness!’

October 28, 2014 by Eleanore Wells

Wells Mountain 1

By Eleanore Wells

Can something be awesome and horrible at the same time? Apparently, because that’s what this was for me. I really hated the climbing part; it was much, much tougher than many of us imagined it would be. But it was more awesome than it was horrible.

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Postcard from Crete

September 23, 2014 by Jerolyn Morrison


By Jerolyn Morrison

The chefs’ challenge: choose from a list of ingredients from the Minoan culture of the Cretan Bronze Age (ca. 1500–1000 B.C.), then use a ceramic Minoan-style globular-shaped, tripod cooking pot to prepare food over a hearth fire.

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