As We Celebrate Thanksgiving, Many Still Go Hungry

November 23, 2015 by Diane Vacca


Diane Vacca reminds us of the sobering problem of hunger that still plagues many of our nation’s families and an interfaith collaboration in her Manhattan neighborhood aiming to fight it.

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Ten Ways to Mind Stress During the Holidays

November 21, 2015 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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This is another post in our series of Fitness Saturday exercises, workouts, and expert tips appropriate to women in the second half of life. Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares helpful ways to keep the stress levels down during the holiday season

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The Land of Oz . . . One Month In

November 19, 2015 by Eleanore Wells

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By Eleanore Wells

Sydney is just beautiful. I walk around this city in awe that this is now my life. I’m just bopping along and then I look up and am gobsmacked by yet another beautiful scene.

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Choosing Happiness: It’s Never Too Late to Exit a Bad Marriage

November 5, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Twice as many people over the age of 50 are now likely to divorce as were apt to do so in 1990, for example, and “silver” or “gray” divorce, as this phenomenon is sometimes referred to, is more and more acceptable.

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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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