Why Is Marriage So Deadly to Lust? Dr. Ford Reviews ‘Mating in Captivity’

March 20, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How can intimacy be bad for your marriage? It’s not, according to author Esther Perel, but it’s murder on your sex life.

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Today’s Talk Topic: What the Readers of “Modern Bride” Learned in 1952

March 17, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


A tip of our Juliet caps to our sassy sisters over at ‘Jezebel’ for spotlighting the “Hilariously Retrograde Marital Advice” given to readers of a 1952 issue of “Modern Bride.”

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Distance—a Mother and Child Reunion

February 23, 2014 by Susan B. Johnson


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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The First Annual Women’s Voices for Change Valentine’s Day Love Letter

February 14, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Our collective heart skips several beats when we think of you and all you mean to us. Without you, we’d be losing pals we dish with, gals we exchange fashion tips with, and activists we march with—compatriots who join in our cheering and our bemoaning.

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Dr. Pat Becomes Coco: The Big Transition

February 10, 2014 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

There is one life-event that most women seem to look forward to with unabashed joy: the day that they become the “mother of the one who has reproduced.” But this was the Big Transition for me.

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Closing a Circle: Artifacts of an Earlier Life

February 1, 2014 by Shelley Singer

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After Susan died, there remained a condominium in D.C. to clean out and a car to sell. It struck me profoundly that I was the only person who could have done this task justice.

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The Transition Network: Helping Women Savor the Second Half of Life

January 28, 2014 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

The Transition Network is a community of professional women 50 and up, and therefore each member is going through a different kind of “what’s next?” transition: children leaving home; elderly parents coming back; pondering the risks of changing careers; retirement; being widowed; being newly remarried; navigating the single life as a mature woman. TTN provides intellectual stimulation, entertainment, and support to women going through these transitions.

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Family Fitness Month—TIME TO SHAPE UP

January 6, 2014 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

The backbreaking part of my reinvention is over now, and I have used the start of the New Year in 2014 to take stock of my health. I am shocked at my loss of flexibility, loss of balance, loss of muscle tone. Some of my family members have fallen off the fitness wagon as well.

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Uh-Oh—New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2013 by Nancy Weber


By Nancy Weber

Just to prove we’re not curmudgeons, we’ll have champagne and caviar. We’ll kiss at midnight. I’ll feel loved and lucky. And next December, something will trigger that “uh-oh” feeling again.

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A Tanzanian Christmas—O Holy Day

December 25, 2013 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

No decorated trees, no gifts: Christmas in Tanzania is simply a religious festival—a situation for which many a priest and pastor has expressed yearning.

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Danish Christmas: A Festival of Lights

December 24, 2013 by Suzanne Russell


By Suzanne Russell

Danes are crazy about candles; they light tea candles everywhere to create the cozy atmosphere referred to as hygge. There are special Christmas tree candles to light the tree, and on St. Lucia’s Day, the children dress in white and carry candles or wear wreaths of candles on their heads as they sing away the darkness.

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Raising a Feminist Teen in the Age of Texting and Twerking

December 17, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

To help a teenage girl focus on what really matters—like her brain, strength, passion, and conviction, her rights as a human and as a citizen of this country—is one of the most important jobs I have as the mother of a daughter.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: A Holiday Trifecta

December 12, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


A timely question for Dr. Ford: “Do you have any suggestions for people like me who have depression and then get hit with the holiday blues as well?”

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Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest

November 28, 2013 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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The Beloved Holiday

November 28, 2013 by Susan Klatsky Cohen


By Susan Klatsky Cohen

Great-great-grandmother’s table, Grandma’s just-right stuffing, the quirky unmatched wineglasses, the absence of creamed onions, the presence of canned cranberries, the never-ever-missed Macy’s parade— family traditions make this the happiest holiday of the year.

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