On Emotional Health: Discovering My Mother Too Late

August 21, 2014 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

In an instant, it seemed, the woman who bore me, the woman who raised me, had become another person, a person I hardly knew. In one rare moment, in one extraordinary place, I was shocked out of an assumption that I could define my mother.

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The Gift of Family

June 15, 2014 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

My family and I wanted to do something special for my father when he turned 80 years old. It was Isabel’s idea to adopt a bench in Central Park and dedicate it to Grandpa from all his grandchildren. My father has always used the park, and for years he and his wife have lived near the entrance at 72nd Street on the Upper East Side. They have walked several generations of dogs in the park.

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The World According to Weber: Happy Hypernoia! I’m Related to Maya Angelou!

June 14, 2014 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

Imagine if, when I met her, I’d known that Maya Angelou was my clan-mate, a part of my mishpocha. Instead of murmuring how honored I was, I could have called her Cuz.

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The World According to Weber: Connecting Across the Great Divides

May 29, 2014 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

The family game board permits a singular and wonderful emotional experience: You play to win, but take pleasure in the triumphs of your opponents—who are, after all, people you love.

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Mothers We Admire, Mothers Who Appall

May 11, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Mothering: It’s so DAILY. And the qualities needed—selflessness, grit, tolerance of boredom, ingenuity, fortitude, continual focus on others—rarely get noticed,much less celebrated. After all, they’re requirements for the job.

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Distance—a Mother and Child Reunion

February 23, 2014 by Susan B. Johnson

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By Susan B. Johnson

“Here you are at last,” says your mother, reaching up to embrace you. Her brittle body trembles like that of a twisted, fragile bird. Dismayed, you wonder if this is how you will be in twenty-five years.

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The First Annual Women’s Voices for Change Valentine’s Day Love Letter

February 14, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Our collective heart skips several beats when we think of you and all you mean to us. Without you, we’d be losing pals we dish with, gals we exchange fashion tips with, and activists we march with—compatriots who join in our cheering and our bemoaning.

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Dr. Pat Becomes Coco: The Big Transition

February 10, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

There is one life-event that most women seem to look forward to with unabashed joy: the day that they become the “mother of the one who has reproduced.” But this was the Big Transition for me.

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The Transition Network: Helping Women Savor the Second Half of Life

January 28, 2014 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

The Transition Network is a community of professional women 50 and up, and therefore each member is going through a different kind of “what’s next?” transition: children leaving home; elderly parents coming back; pondering the risks of changing careers; retirement; being widowed; being newly remarried; navigating the single life as a mature woman. TTN provides intellectual stimulation, entertainment, and support to women going through these transitions.

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Family Fitness Month—TIME TO SHAPE UP

January 6, 2014 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

The backbreaking part of my reinvention is over now, and I have used the start of the New Year in 2014 to take stock of my health. I am shocked at my loss of flexibility, loss of balance, loss of muscle tone. Some of my family members have fallen off the fitness wagon as well.

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Uh-Oh—New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2013 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

Just to prove we’re not curmudgeons, we’ll have champagne and caviar. We’ll kiss at midnight. I’ll feel loved and lucky. And next December, something will trigger that “uh-oh” feeling again.

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A Tanzanian Christmas—O Holy Day

December 25, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

No decorated trees, no gifts: Christmas in Tanzania is simply a religious festival—a situation for which many a priest and pastor has expressed yearning.

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Danish Christmas: A Festival of Lights

December 24, 2013 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

Danes are crazy about candles; they light tea candles everywhere to create the cozy atmosphere referred to as hygge. There are special Christmas tree candles to light the tree, and on St. Lucia’s Day, the children dress in white and carry candles or wear wreaths of candles on their heads as they sing away the darkness.

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Raising a Feminist Teen in the Age of Texting and Twerking

December 17, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

To help a teenage girl focus on what really matters—like her brain, strength, passion, and conviction, her rights as a human and as a citizen of this country—is one of the most important jobs I have as the mother of a daughter.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: A Holiday Trifecta

December 12, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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A timely question for Dr. Ford: “Do you have any suggestions for people like me who have depression and then get hit with the holiday blues as well?”

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