THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: A Holiday Mosaic

November 27, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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The scents, the songs, the family traditions, the quirky (but lovable) guests—these are life-enriching deposits in our memory banks. We asked “Women’s Voices” writers to look back over the years and share with us the Thanksgiving reflections that make them smile.

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On Emotional Health: I Was Not the Mother They Expected

October 30, 2014 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

When I first went to work as a museum exhibit designer, I wore jumpsuits and drove a Volkswagon bus, and I remember my younger girl, then perhaps 7 or 8, saying plaintively, “Can’t we have a station wagon? Won’t you ever be a normal mother?”

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Molly Fisk: An Unmarried Woman

October 7, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I have an embarrassing suspicion that there’s magical thinking involved too, like the idea that if I’m not married, I won’t get to live happily ever after. None of those fairy tales ever said that the maiden aunt got to live happily ever after. Usually she was eaten by a wolf.

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Two More Words About Derek Jeter: His Mom

October 4, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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We at Women’s Voices for Change tip our caps to a woman who got it so very right. The applause was for her son, but the cheers were for her, too.

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Finding Friends Fast—Wherever You Are (Version 2.0)

September 28, 2014 by Karen O'Connor

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By Karen O’Connor

Well-honed friend-gathering techniques from a woman who moves from one city to another every two years. Wherever she goes, she needs to find friends fast. And she does.

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UNHAPPY TOGETHER, Part 1: Locked In to Marriage

September 25, 2014 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

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By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

“When I was walking down the aisle and my eyes met his, I had this cold chill, and I thought, ‘I do not want to spend the rest of my life looking at his face every morning,’ my friend Paula told me. She had expressed her misgivings to her bridesmaid the night before, but she’d been too embarrassed to step up then and say, ‘No way!’”

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A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Ludy Green

September 9, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Since some domestic abusers vengefully track down their escaped partners, Second Chance Employment Services works with the Department of Justice to “change anything that needs to be changed to make a woman untraceable,” the agency’s founder says. “We had a woman who had to change her name and Social Security number three times.”

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Molly Fisk: The Thing With Feathers

September 6, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

If you stand still for a minute in the center of your living room, the whole world will turn around you, as if you were the earth’s axis. Every event you’ve ever heard of is happening simultaneously. Bugs are having sex, grizzly bears are fording rivers, eggs are breaking: some to reveal baby great blue herons, others to produce mushroom omelets at the Ritz.

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Empathy, Informed by Pain

August 30, 2014 by Susan Lieberman

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By Susan Lieberman

I don’t think I read as “old” to most people over 50. But one bum knee and any hope of a youthful image is shot. I am hobbling. I can’t get up gracefully. I wince when my knee is tweaked. I walk “old.”

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Sexual Incompatibility: Might an Affair Save a Passionless Marriage?

August 28, 2014 by Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Some people will judge you harshly for even thinking about having an affair. I will not. A 52-year-old woman has the right to decide how to run her own life. Seeking couples therapy from a sex and marital therapist might help you make a well-informed decision.”

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On Emotional Health: Discovering My Mother Too Late

August 21, 2014 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

In an instant, it seemed, the woman who bore me, the woman who raised me, had become another person, a person I hardly knew. In one rare moment, in one extraordinary place, I was shocked out of an assumption that I could define my mother.

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Dr. Ford Reviews: Sue Miller’s ‘The Arsonist’—Love’s Dangerous Spark

July 31, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Her depiction of Bud and Frankie’s affair lets Miller once again display her exceptional understanding of female sexuality and the uniquely artful way she has of portraying it as a fully integrated part of her characters’ lives.

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The Gift of Family

June 15, 2014 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

My family and I wanted to do something special for my father when he turned 80 years old. It was Isabel’s idea to adopt a bench in Central Park and dedicate it to Grandpa from all his grandchildren. My father has always used the park, and for years he and his wife have lived near the entrance at 72nd Street on the Upper East Side. They have walked several generations of dogs in the park.

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The World According to Weber: Happy Hypernoia! I’m Related to Maya Angelou!

June 14, 2014 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

Imagine if, when I met her, I’d known that Maya Angelou was my clan-mate, a part of my mishpocha. Instead of murmuring how honored I was, I could have called her Cuz.

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Today’s Talk Topic: Popular Culture and Sexual Entitlement

May 31, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Since last week’s slayings in California and the perpetrator’s poisonous rantings about the women who rejected his advances, much media attention has focused on the pervasiveness of misogyny in this world—even here, in America; even now, in 2014. In The Daily Beast, 11-time Jeopardy! winner Arthur Chu charges that our culture encourages a sense of […]

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