Else Graupe, 1912–2007: A Mother’s Day Tribute

May 10, 2015 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

Sketching my mother as she lay in hospice, I drew the heavy lids framing the beautiful, once warily alert gray-green irises, the “yes” and “no” eyes, vividly etched into my memory, that my twin sister and I could bring to an outpouring of tears or a ray of pride . . .

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Mothers in Literature: The Good, the Bad, and the Murderous

May 10, 2015 by Toni Myers


By Toni Myers

Perhaps the most tortured mother in all literature is Sophie Zawistowska, whose life is forever frozen in time after the SS officer at Auschwitz demands: “You may keep one of your [two] children. The other one will have to go. Which one will you keep?”

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Countdown to Mother’s Day: ‘Diamond Bea’ Knopf—Big, Bawdy, and Bodacious

May 9, 2015 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson


By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

Bea was a card sharp. That’s how I think she earned the nickname “Diamond Bea.” She beat the boots off whomever she played with, of whatever economic level. Or maybe her efforts toward improving my dad got her the nickname: She often said my father was a diamond-in-the-rough and she had polished him.

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Countdown to Mother’s Day: Childless by Choice (Dr. Ford on Emotional Health)

May 7, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the many issues that “childless” people face is the skepticism and discomfort it creates in those of us who are parents. The latter, zealous converts to the joys of parenthood, find their friends’ choice confusing, and even, at times, threatening.

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A Passover Primer

April 3, 2015 by Stacia Friedman


By Stacia Friedman

When will you start eating? Not until the Red Sea parts. The Wise Son’s advice: 20 minutes before the seder starts, duck out to a Chinese restaurant and order a Happy Family . . .

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Hooray, Hooray! Persian Spring Begins Today!

March 20, 2015 by Nancy Weber


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On the last Wednesday before Nowruz, it’s traditional to build bonfires and jump over them; the act symbolizes not only crossing from one year to the next but turning illness into health.

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The World According to Weber: Loving Your Age—Just Do the Math

March 10, 2015 by Nancy Weber

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Nancy Weber

If you’re over 40, you’re definitely old enough to wear black pearls.

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Wednesday 5: Unconventional Stories About Love, Romance, and Sex

February 11, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


We culled the web for unconventional stories about love, romance, sex, and everything in between. We should warn you that some of these will make you feel warm and fuzzy, and some will make you cringe. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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December Romance: The Story of Ann and Jerry

February 10, 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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Valentine’s Day: For the Love of Great Friendships

February 6, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Let us take this opportunity to treat Valentine’s Day as the day for Great Friendships—a way to honor the invaluable sisterhood in our lives, the community of women who surround us with joy, laughter, friendship, and fellowship.

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Letters to My Younger Self: You’re Fine, Just As You Are

February 5, 2015 by Eleanore Wells


By Eleanore Wells

Please, go ahead and settle into yourself. Your personality is what it is. Don’t waste another minute cringing about your social awkwardness. Just be who you are. You’re an introvert. You’re never really going to totally fix this, but it’s okay.

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Oy Vey! It’s Kosher Porn!

February 3, 2015 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

The cover of “Kosher Porn” shows a sexy mensch who gazes at the reader with bedroom eyes . . . as he lights a menorah.

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Crossroads: Dire Straits in the Food Emporium

February 1, 2015 by Emily Kelting


By Emily Kelting

My credit cards were declined. When a man behind me in the Food Emporium line (a fellow church member) had to step up and pay for my groceries, I knew this was my fork-in-the-road moment.

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Letters to My Younger Self: Be Open to Love in All Its Expressions

January 23, 2015 by Suzanne Russell


By Suzanne Russell

Maybe certain types of love are more suitable to certain stages in life. Maybe intense passion is not sustainable. Maybe comfortable cooperation, respect, and shared values are the most important qualities for married life.

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Wednesday 5: Lessons from Women of Reinvention

December 31, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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There’s no better time for reflection than this moment of transition from the old to the new. In this special New Year’s Eve edition of Wednesday 5, we return to our popular Women of Reinvention series for its life-lessons and nuggets of wisdom. For some of us, reinventing ourselves is about survival; for others, it’s about new beginnings, or overcoming fear, or simply letting go of a past self and ushering in a new one.

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