A Memorial Day Parade and the Making of Art

May 29, 2016 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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I loved photographing the schoolchildren in the Memorial Day parade, when recognition of a parent in the crowd-filled sidewalks initiated a loss of composure and a squall of wildly waving hands.

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Molly Fisk: Soon to Be A Major . . .

May 28, 2016 by Molly Fisk


A couple of years ago, my favorite ex-boyfriend was the subject of a documentary. The film told the story of his early hot-shot play-writing career, the theater company he ran — to great acclaim — and his fall from a bridge and massive brain injury.

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The World According to Weber: How the Crazy Summer Dress Code Saved my Psyche

May 27, 2016 by Nancy Weber

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You can Google a lot of blah blah about why we mustn’t wear this or that before Memorial Day. My mother knew better.

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Don’t Wait for Summer: Two Wonderful Family Novels to Read Now

May 13, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

This spring we have been blessed by the publication of two new novels about families. “The Nest,” by Cynthia D’Apprix Sweeny, is a debut for this 55-year-old former copywriter. “Miller’s Valley,” is the latest entry from veteran writer Anna Qunidlen, and it may be her best yet.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Mozart’s Mother’s Bones,’ by Robin Ekiss

May 8, 2016 by Rebecca Foust


By Rebecca Foust

Even the best mother-daughter relationships are necessarily tormented with issues of dependence versus independence, identity formation, role reversal, competition, and impossible desire. Some give rise to poems like today’s: fraught, even agonized at times, but also honest and still holding a place for love.

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Mother’s Day Reflection: Bringing My Mother Home

May 8, 2016 by Larysa Bemko


By Larysa Bemko

My mom’s roots run deep and strong, but for 13 years she was forced to be a wanderer—a refugee from the day World War II started, in September 1939, until June 29, 1952, when she came to this country with $10 in her pocket.

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Mother’s Day Reflection: Portrait of a Lady

May 7, 2016 by Nora Brossard


By Nora Brossard

My father’s sister told me she had always loved my mother’s 19th-century sensibility. “Unhand me,” Mom would say if my cat rebuffed a caress, likening her to a Victorian heroine resisting the advances of an unworthy suitor.

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The Keenan Women: A Mother’s Day Reflection

May 6, 2016 by Amy K. Hughes


By Amy K. Hughes

Because the Keenan family ways are so familiar to me, it doesn’t really surprise me that my grandfather didn’t notice for nine entire months that his wife was pregnant—or that she hadn’t bothered to tell him. Times were tough in their household, and Grandma Lucy never did anything less than forge ahead.

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Fashionable Finds for Mother’s Day

May 6, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


Let’s quash the “mom jeans” stereotype for good with these fashionable finds for the stylish mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers in your life.

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Happy Mother’s Day: Grandparents’ 911. . . Continued

May 5, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

My transition into becoming a grandparent was fairly typical, or so I imagined . . . I was unprepared, however, for the outpouring of comments and questions that have accompanied the posts I have written on this topic. Readers’ comments in response to issues in this area have been more numerous than in response to any other on WVFC. Clearly it strikes a nerve.

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Why It May Be Good for You to Go to Your School Reunion

April 25, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Don’t make the mistake of failing to adjust your perspective to current reality. You may have aged, but then so have your classmates. They will not be seeing you through the same eyes they used in high school (thank god!).

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On the Bright Side: Sisterly Love — ‘Jane Wants a Boyfriend’

April 18, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The film straddles the difficult line between taking its characters seriously and keeping the action lighthearted enough to be entertaining and engaging. The theme is love between people of differing abilities, but the central “love story” is really about the two sisters.

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Siblings: Life’s Longest Relationship

April 14, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The bond between brothers and sisters offers the joy of shared history, understanding, and support that can be a great pleasure and asset if treated with respect and care.

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Book Review: On Recovering from Sibling Rivalry

April 14, 2016 by Stacia Friedman


By Stacia Friedman

“I had an older brother, but he was never a brother to me,” Jeanne Safer writes. “We spent our childhoods at the same address with the same biological parents, ate dinner at the same table every night, and even shared a room for a few years at first, although we never shared a single confidence while we occupied it.”

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Poker, Bunco, and Other Games Women Play

March 22, 2016 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

The conversation can get spirited; these are not the clenched-teeth poker sessions you see in old Western movies . . . gunslingers silently throwing down cards. “There are a lot of egos around the table,” Brownmiller says, “and lots of things have happened to people around the table in the last few weeks . . . . We are all competitive, and nobody likes to lose.”

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