Distance—a Mother and Child Reunion

February 23, 2014 by Susan B. Johnson


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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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The Beloved Holiday

November 28, 2013 by Susan Klatsky Cohen


By Susan Klatsky Cohen

Great-great-grandmother’s table, Grandma’s just-right stuffing, the quirky unmatched wineglasses, the absence of creamed onions, the presence of canned cranberries, the never-ever-missed Macy’s parade— family traditions make this the happiest holiday of the year.

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Postcard from the Past: Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, Thanksgiving 1958

November 26, 2013 by Shelley Singer

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By Shelley Singer

We kids had clamored, as always, for the seat next to Uncle Al, a gap-toothed, balding old guy of 35, always with a day’s growth of beard, a tender touch, and a pocketful of Indian nuts to share.

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Happy Thanksgiving: Travel with Care

November 25, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change


The National Safety Council estimates that there will be 436 traffic fatalities for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2013. What can you do to increase your chance of traveling safely this holiday?

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Serenity-Boosting Things to Do This Season

November 19, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change


Take just a few occasional hours to color outside the holiday lines. At a minimum, these suggested moments of refreshment will give you something to talk about other than how stressed you are.

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This Just In! My First (and Last) Justin Timberlake Concert!

November 9, 2013 by Karen Mehiel


By Karen Mehiel

After an impulsive bid at a New York City charity silent auction, I found myself in possession of four tickets to see Justin Timberlake at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I have never been a huge fan of Justin’s musical genre—but his showmanship at the MTV Music Awards was exciting enough to compel me to pick up that pen and sign my name on the auction list.

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