Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Part 2: The Storm Over the Crater

March 30, 2014 by Emily Kelting

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By Emily Kelting

The trail became wider. We passed people coming down from the summit. “You’re close,” they said, their faces as blue/green as the glaciers.

We weren’t close.

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On the Kilimanjaro Crater’s Lip: What’s a 60-Year-Old Doing in a Place Like This?

March 29, 2014 by Emily Kelting

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By Emily Kelting

All hell broke loose. The moon and stars disappeared. The sky shook with thunder and lightning. A fierce wind kicked up. Snow fell sideways and froze onto our faces. We turned on our headlamps so that we could see in the dark. It’s a good think we couldn’t see the narrowness of the switchbacks we were negotiating.

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Out of the Vortex, into the Sun: Long-Weekend Getaways for Midwesterners

February 28, 2014 by Karen Weiner Escalera

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By Karen Weiner Escalera

Splendid accommodations: Luxe warm-weather resorts a long-weekend’s distance from icy Minnesota.

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Distance—a Mother and Child Reunion

February 23, 2014 by Susan B. Johnson

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By Susan B. Johnson

“Here you are at last,” says your mother, reaching up to embrace you. Her brittle body trembles like that of a twisted, fragile bird. Dismayed, you wonder if this is how you will be in twenty-five years.

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Traveling in Style

February 22, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

I lament, as do so many of you, that airline travel today is often worse than taking the Greyhound bus. But I believe that we can each do our part to raise the fashion bar for air travel, starting with new luggage.

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OUT OF THE VORTEX, INTO THE SUN

February 21, 2014 by Karen Weiner Escalera

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By Karen Weiner Escalera

Eight sunny, luxe resorts close enough to let Northeasterners flee the Polar Vortex for a long-weekend getaway.

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Curtain Bluff—Another Oasis for Northerners

February 21, 2014 by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

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By Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

Curtain Bluff in Antigua is an all-inclusive place where the owners and management also dine every night. My husband and I have visited often enough over the decades to have earned an engraved plate!

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Learning French at 50

January 1, 2014 by Jennifer Cheyne

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By Jennifer Cheyne

It became kind of fun to recount the stories of my escapades and mishaps. I felt as if I lived in an “I Love Lucy” episode half the time, especially when I got my papers back with notes like, “I’m pretty sure this is a good point, but this sentence doesn’t actually mean anything in French.” Whoops!

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Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest

November 28, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Rev. Dr. Sandra McCann has switched careers abruptly—and with some amazement—all through her life. Ask her how she happened to become a doctor, then a radiologist, then a priest, and she’ll say, with a touch of wonder, “I was taken by surprise!”

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Serenity-Boosting Things to Do This Season

November 19, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Take just a few occasional hours to color outside the holiday lines. At a minimum, these suggested moments of refreshment will give you something to talk about other than how stressed you are.

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Diana Nyad: “You’re Never Too Old to Chase Your Dream”

September 2, 2013 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Diana Nyad’s story will continue in the voices of loving mothers across time and many lands: “When you find your gift, my daughter, you too can overcome dangers and fears of the unknown.”

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Reinvention Again

February 21, 2013 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

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By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson.

“The first 50 years are only a warm-up.” I read that heartening declaration in a magazine article years ago—and was skeptical. But at 75, I have some perspective on that. I know it’s true.

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(Video) Days of Their Lives: Amy Coleman, Chanteuse

November 29, 2012 by Amy Coleman

“Flamin’ Amy” Coleman has red hair and a voice “bigger than God.” Here, to inaugurate WVFC’s series “Days of Their Lives”—profiles of accomplished women with unusual jobs—is a peek into the everyday world of a chanteuse.

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(Video) A Good Day in the Life of a Chanteuse

November 29, 2012 by Amy Coleman

“Ohmigod, I just finished having dinner with the archbishop of La Cattedrale di San Marco Argentano, in his quarters. Eleven nuns cooking, cleaning, serving his every need. I just can’t help thinking, “What’s a nice Jewish girl like me doing in a place like this?”

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Paige Morrow Kimball: Making Films About Women in the Middle

November 1, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

There are not enough stories about how women in the middle of our lives really speak and who we really are. The truth is that we are funny, dynamic, deep, sometimes raunchy, sometimes angry, sometimes sad, and sometimes scared. We are real women in the prime of our lives, with so much to say . . .

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