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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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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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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Surviving the ‘Cast of Characters’ at Your Family Reunion

July 2, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.


By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Like a play with its cast of characters, each family reunion comes with its roster of personalities.

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Borrowing Other People’s Mothers

June 27, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I loved my own mom, and consciously took on lots of her characteristics, too. But borrowing mothers who were different from her, whom I didn’t have to defend against their own choices and sadness, enriches my life to no end.

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Famous Fathers in Fiction

June 21, 2015 by Margery Stein


By Margery Stein

This lineup of major literary father figures starts off with Atticus Finch . . . of course.

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Candids of Daddy (Snapshots Not Included)

June 20, 2015 by Nancy Weber


By Nancy Weber

Grow up without a camera, and your eyes—and ears, nose, and sense of taste and touch—record what’s imperative to save. I’m grateful for the secret album in my mind, its images sharp and bright, miraculously impervious to the blight of memory loss that robs of me of names and birth dates.

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Father’s Day: Words, Words, Words

June 19, 2015 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

After his massive stroke, my father sat in his wheelchair, frantically scribbling in a notebook. Utterly frustrated, he scratched out on crumpled, stained paper: I USED TO BE O.K. . . . I AM A RETIRED ARCHITECT. Witnessing this encounter, I felt ineffable heartbreak

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Father’s Day: The Yarn-Spinner

June 18, 2015 by Judie Rae


By Judie Rae

The tears start, spilling over one by one onto my son’s silken baby hair. I am crying for the man I never knew, for the family that protected him even from himself.

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The Wednesday Five: Fathers in Film

June 17, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

In this week’s Wednesday Five we share with you five iconic films featuring fathers of the big screen. Gather the family together for these beautiful stories about fatherhood and strong father figures whose children are at the center of their lives.

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Father’s Day: Let Us Now Praise Steadfast Men

June 17, 2015 by Diane Dettmann

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By Diane Dettmann

My father, Harold Elleson, had all the virtues expected of a husband and father in Minnesota in the 1940s: he was loving, steadfast, dependable, faithful. His was a hard-luck life, and, like Minnesota fathers back then, he shouldered his burdens without complaint.

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Mike Brady—Small-Screen Father, Big-Time Dad

June 16, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

When I introduced “The Partridge Family” and “The Brady Bunch” to my millennial daughter several years ago, it was “The Brady Bunch” that stuck. After 40 years, “The Partridge Family” just didn’t hold up.

What did the Bradys have that the Partridges didn’t? A dad.

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Gifts for Our Fathers—A Personal Touch

June 12, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


We are thinking of Father’s Day gifts that exemplify a personal touch, a thoughtful act, an embrace of the essence of who these men are.

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