Cantor Debbi: Have Torah, Will Travel

October 4, 2015 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Where a more traditional cantor might turn down the opportunity to officiate at an interfaith or LGBT wedding, Debbi Ballard’s approach is to focus on the possible. “I‘d rather say ‘yes’ than ‘no’,” she explains. “’No’ ends the conversation. ‘Yes’ begins a dialogue. With ‘yes,’ you leave the door open.”

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Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest

September 26, 2015 by Deborah Harkins


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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A First-Time Bride at 75: Ann and Jerry’s Romance

September 22, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

In her traditional white satin wedding gown, Ann Belkov made a stately entrance into the wedding hall. But when she saw her guests, she threw her arms out and cried, “AT LAST!” For, at 75, she was a first-time bride.

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Book Review: ‘The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality,’ by Rachel Hills

September 17, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

People consistently overestimate how frequently their peers are having sex by a wide margin. Would our tepid sex lives bother us as much if we knew they were, well, normal? Or, if we understood that the idea that one size fits all is, where sex is concerned, a myth?

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Fortysomething: Tug of War

September 10, 2015 by Brette Sember


By Brette Sember

Because I am both daughter and mother, I’m stuck in a no-man’s-land in the middle. My mother pulls me and my daughter pushes me.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: When Parents Act Like Children

September 3, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the most important boundaries between parents and children is the strict one concerning sexuality. Not only are the two generations required to refrain from sexual activity with each other: Even knowledge of the other’s activities is taboo.

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Sexual Assault, Intimidation, and the Fear of Being Rude

August 27, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

It is well documented that women don’t often report sexual abuse, for a whole spectrum of reasons that impair their ability to deal with it and punish the perpetrators. One of those reasons is the fact that victims often don’t feel entitled to see the abuse as a crime.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Is the ‘Female Viagra’ for Me?

August 24, 2015 by Patricia Allen


Important work by Rosemary Basson, M.D., introduced the concept of a “circular” response cycle in women, as opposed to the more “linear” one that describes male sexuality, in which desire leads to arousal as a prelude to sex. Many women report “multiple reasons for initiating or agreeing to sex,” and desire may not be experienced until after arousal.

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What We Don’t Tell the Bride About Marriage

July 30, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

When hearing couples make idealistic promises to each other, we wonder if they really understand what’s ahead.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY Speech Provides a Lesson in Acceptance

July 17, 2015 by Pat Kinney


By Pat Kinney

The acceptance speech by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender woman who most of us first came to know as Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, will be remembered for what she taught us about being different.

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The Fourth of July in Pin Point, Georgia

July 3, 2015 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

For the descendants of former slaves, who had had the rare good fortune to remain an intact community from the time before freedom came to the early years of the 21st century, family closeness can be a celebration in itself.

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Surviving the ‘Cast of Characters’ at Your Family Reunion

July 2, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.


By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Like a play with its cast of characters, each family reunion comes with its roster of personalities.

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No More ‘Same-Sex’: U.S. Supreme Court Affirms My Full Marriage

June 30, 2015 by Chris Lombardi


By Chris Lombardi

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s final words of his opinion will likely be quoted in many weddings going forward: “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.” Those last words are a mic-drop declaration that the matter is settled, in every state of the Union.

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Borrowing Other People’s Mothers

June 27, 2015 by Molly Fisk

Molly Fisk

By Molly Fisk

I loved my own mom, and consciously took on lots of her characteristics, too. But borrowing mothers who were different from her, whom I didn’t have to defend against their own choices and sadness, enriches my life to no end.

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Famous Fathers in Fiction

June 21, 2015 by Margery Stein


By Margery Stein

This lineup of major literary father figures starts off with Atticus Finch . . . of course.

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