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

The Brady Bunch

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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The Wednesday Five: Fathers & Daughters

June 3, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Five compelling books that shed light on the fascinating relationship between fathers and daughters.

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Patriotism at Its Best: Memorial Day in Orient, New York

May 25, 2015 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

In Orient, it is the citizens themselves who march—not bystanders, but celebrants in a quiet (except for the sirens) ritual. That it continues with so little change has everything to do, I believe, with an emphasis on remembrance and participation.

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Else Graupe, 1912–2007: A Mother’s Day Tribute

May 10, 2015 by Grace Graupe-Pillard

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

Sketching my mother as she lay in hospice, I drew the heavy lids framing the beautiful, once warily alert gray-green irises, the “yes” and “no” eyes, vividly etched into my memory, that my twin sister and I could bring to an outpouring of tears or a ray of pride . . .

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