Letters to My Younger Self: ‘Entering Susan in College’ — Love, Mom, 1972

August 26, 2016 by Susan Fier

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To my surprise, her papers contained carbon copies of letters that she often wrote. What an amazing gift for me to find. I discovered one particular letter she wrote after delivering me to my college campus in 1972. At the time, my mother was 42 and I was the oldest of her three children, her first she saw off to college. The letter is typewritten on onion skin paper and dotted with white out. She never mailed it.

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Dr. Ford: The Family Vacation

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


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Dear Dr. Ford: Our family has spent a two-week summer vacation on the farm where my husband grew up in the Midwest since our children, now 16 and 14, were born. This year my daughters were ill behaved and snobbish in their behavior toward their loving extended family. My husband and I have not decided what to do about this situation yet and I thought I would write to you to ask for some guidance.

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The Losing Side of Competitive Parenting

August 4, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

It is a difficult task, trying to raise kids with enough playtimes and down time to develop normally and have good old-fashioned fun in this atmosphere, yet both these things are crucial to cognitive development.

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Father’s Day: Dad—on the Run

June 19, 2016 by Amy K. Hughes


It’s impossible for me to think about that eager, good-humored youth without remembering the saddest day of Dad’s life, when he went from father of seven to father of six.

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Father’s Day: A Hallmark Holiday?

June 17, 2016 by Toni Myers


By Toni Myers

Early boosters of the day focused on the spiritual, patriarchal aspect. One pastor, Conrad Bluhm, saw a chance to “affirm the robust masculinity of Christianity” in a first Father’s Day sermon, adding that it was “the knighthood that never retreats . . . the heavy artillery by which God Almighty will storm the citadel of sin.”

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What Can We Do About Cell Phone Incivility?

June 13, 2016 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P


By Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

Should we say something—politely—to the cell phone exhibitionist who is rude to the cashier in front of us, or to the waitress, the bank teller, or any number of others?

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Book Review: Lesley Stahl’s Life as a Grandmother

June 9, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Lesley Stahl, the longtime ’60 Minutes’ correspondent, has a relatively new and joyful role — grandmother — and she writes about it in her book ‘Becoming Grandma.’

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On the Bright Side: Are Women Better at Having Fun?

June 6, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How an all-female dinner party differed from the usual gatherings of couples—in a good way.

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Dr. Pat

June 6, 2016 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

We took this time to do what women do best: we had fun just catching up, admiring the amazing and truly beautiful collection of flowers in full bloom in the Botanical Garden, then finding a quiet table during the cocktail hour to reconnect.

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A Memorial Day Parade and the Making of Art

May 29, 2016 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

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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By Nancy Weber

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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