Letters to My Younger Self: Be Open to Love in All Its Expressions

January 23, 2015 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

Maybe certain types of love are more suitable to certain stages in life. Maybe intense passion is not sustainable. Maybe comfortable cooperation, respect, and shared values are the most important qualities for married life.

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Wednesday 5: Lessons from Women of Reinvention

December 31, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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There’s no better time for reflection than this moment of transition from the old to the new. In this special New Year’s Eve edition of Wednesday 5, we return to our popular Women of Reinvention series for its life-lessons and nuggets of wisdom. For some of us, reinventing ourselves is about survival; for others, it’s about new beginnings, or overcoming fear, or simply letting go of a past self and ushering in a new one.

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The Holiday That Still Delights

December 25, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Even after 40 or 50 or 60 Christmases, family traditions can still warm the heart.

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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: A Holiday Mosaic

November 27, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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The scents, the songs, the family traditions, the quirky (but lovable) guests—these are life-enriching deposits in our memory banks. We asked “Women’s Voices” writers to look back over the years and share with us the Thanksgiving reflections that make them smile.

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On Emotional Health: I Was Not the Mother They Expected

October 30, 2014 by Barbara Fertig

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By Barbara Fertig

When I first went to work as a museum exhibit designer, I wore jumpsuits and drove a Volkswagon bus, and I remember my younger girl, then perhaps 7 or 8, saying plaintively, “Can’t we have a station wagon? Won’t you ever be a normal mother?”

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Two More Words About Derek Jeter: His Mom

October 4, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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We at Women’s Voices for Change tip our caps to a woman who got it so very right. The applause was for her son, but the cheers were for her, too.

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Finding Friends Fast—Wherever You Are (Version 2.0)

September 28, 2014 by Karen O'Connor

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By Karen O’Connor

Well-honed friend-gathering techniques from a woman who moves from one city to another every two years. Wherever she goes, she needs to find friends fast. And she does.

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Molly Fisk: The Thing With Feathers

September 6, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

If you stand still for a minute in the center of your living room, the whole world will turn around you, as if you were the earth’s axis. Every event you’ve ever heard of is happening simultaneously. Bugs are having sex, grizzly bears are fording rivers, eggs are breaking: some to reveal baby great blue herons, others to produce mushroom omelets at the Ritz.

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Empathy, Informed by Pain

August 30, 2014 by Susan Lieberman

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By Susan Lieberman

I don’t think I read as “old” to most people over 50. But one bum knee and any hope of a youthful image is shot. I am hobbling. I can’t get up gracefully. I wince when my knee is tweaked. I walk “old.”

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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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