Why Is Marriage So Deadly to Lust? Dr. Ford Reviews ‘Mating in Captivity’

March 20, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How can intimacy be bad for your marriage? It’s not, according to author Esther Perel, but it’s murder on your sex life.

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Today’s Talk Topic: What the Readers of “Modern Bride” Learned in 1952

March 17, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


A tip of our Juliet caps to our sassy sisters over at ‘Jezebel’ for spotlighting the “Hilariously Retrograde Marital Advice” given to readers of a 1952 issue of “Modern Bride.”

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Closing a Circle: Artifacts of an Earlier Life

February 1, 2014 by Shelley Singer

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After Susan died, there remained a condominium in D.C. to clean out and a car to sell. It struck me profoundly that I was the only person who could have done this task justice.

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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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Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest

November 28, 2013 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

Rev. Dr. Sandra McCann has switched careers abruptly—and with some amazement—all through her life. Ask her how she happened to become a doctor, then a radiologist, then a priest, and she’ll say, with a touch of wonder, “I was taken by surprise!”

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SECOND ACT: Shacking Up—Why I’m Not Married

November 25, 2013 by Nancy Weber


By Nancy Weber

They plan to be an item forever. A license would spoil the fun and tilt the odds.

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Bodies, Hot and Cold

November 10, 2013 by Susan Klatsky Cohen


By Susan Klatsky Cohen

I wasn’t used to sharing a bed, so initially I slept as far away from my husband as I could. Then I discovered that Michael was a living radiator, with a body that gave off heat. So I became a heat-seeking missile, snuggling until he woke up with his nose pressed against the alarm clock.

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The 5 Questions I—Single Woman Extraordinaire—Would Like to Stop Being Asked

September 25, 2013 by Eleanore Wells

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By Eleanore Wells

Obnoxious Question No. 1: “What’s wrong with you?” This is usually paraphrased as “Why aren’t you married?”—but we singles know what you really mean.

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Cantor Debbi: Have Torah, Will Travel

September 7, 2013 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Where a more traditional cantor might turn down the opportunity to officiate at an interfaith or LGBT wedding, Debbi Ballard’s approach is to focus on the possible. “I‘d rather say ‘yes’ than ‘no’,” she explains. “’No’ ends the conversation. ‘Yes’ begins a dialogue. With ‘yes,’ you leave the door open.”

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Love in a Bottle

July 23, 2013 by Suzanne Russell

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By Suzanne Russell

As she listened to her friends talk about love and exchange love stories, Linda Perkins was impressed again and again by the bravery it takes to fall in love. That’s when she decided to collect other people’s love stories, put each into a brightly decorated coconut water bottle, and launch the stories into the world.

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Sarah Bouissou: Jumping into Life

July 16, 2013 by Deborah Harkins

Bernard and Sarah

By Deborah Harkins

Mother or four young women, professional chef, biker, dancer, fund-raising hostess, patron of young musicians, Sarah Bouissou does it all. With grace.

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‘Before Midnight,’ the Movie: What Happens After Happily Ever After?

June 22, 2013 by Alexandra MacAaron

By Alexandra MacAaron

“Before Midnight” takes up where the story of a loving couple (in the previous films “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”) left off. The stars are Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The film is brilliant—and brutal.

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The “Acceptable” Affair?

May 23, 2013 by Eleanore Wells


By Eleanore Wells

The “other woman” has traditionally been the scorned party, a negative force. But is this changing? Is adultery becoming more acceptable? Rather than painting all adultery with a broad brush, it seems we may now be seeing gradations of “how wrong is it?”

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Inheriting an 88-Year-Old Mother-in-Law

May 10, 2013 by Diane Dettmann


By Diane Dettmann

Standing in my bedroom, dressing for my retirement party, I heard a tiny voice filtering down the hallway and through the door. I hobbled into the living room; my eyes landed on a petite lady, dressed in a blue suit, relaxing in our swivel rocking chair. She smiled at me. My first thought was, “Oh my God, that’s my future mother-in-law!”

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Wednesday 5: Leslie Morgan Steiner, Student-Loan Debt, and Denise Scott Brown

April 17, 2013 by Women's Voices For Change

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Leslie Morgan Steiner reminds us that domestic violence can happen to anyone; student-loan debt is growing fastest among adults 60 and older; what happens when you replace food aid with cash payments?; righting a 22-year-old wrong done to architect Denise Scott Brown; and Indian women plant trees each time a girl is born in their village.

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