The Wednesday Five: Fourth of July Reading List

July 1, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday Five, we gear up for the Fourth of July with five incredible works of fiction and non-fiction that speak to the complexities and brilliance of our American communities and its citizens. These works on page are a sobering meditation on the state of our union—its triumphs, its flaws, and its current realities.

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Poetry Sunday: “When the Heart Dies, It Dies Entire,” by Ginger Murchison

June 28, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Ginger Murchison’s poem depicts Mars, a mighty racehorse, who runs till his heart bursts. How he is dispensed with afterward, quietly swept off to the side, calls to mind how our society deals with returning veterans and with our aging parents.

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Book Review: ‘Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End’

June 25, 2015 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

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By Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

Certainly there are limitations to what is possible in housing and treating the frail elderly, but in “Being Mortal” we are offered some fascinating alternatives.

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Poetry Sunday: “Father’s Day,” by Susan Browne

June 21, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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I chose this poem for Father’s Day, not for its expression of the hearts-and-flowers sentiments we have come to so loathe. What the poem expresses is unvarnished feeling, a love between father and daughter almost anti-poetic in its expression.

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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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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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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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Mike Brady—Small-Screen Father, Big-Time Dad

June 16, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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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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Poetry Sunday: “The Goods,” by Michelle Bitting

June 14, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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“The Goods” truly delivers what its title promises, celebrating desire and “corporeal feelings”—what is felt, heard, tasted, smelt, and seen by the body evoked in delightful word pairings like “love-weariness” and “kiss-quest.”

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Book Review: ‘H is for Hawk,’ by Helen Macdonald

June 9, 2015 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag


By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

Helen Macdonald, “in ruins” after the death of her father, tries to rebuild herself through her relationship with a hawk. “Mabel was everything I wanted to be: solitary, self possessed, free from grief, and numb to the hurts of human life. I was turning into a hawk.”

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Poetry Sunday: Maudelle Driskell, “The Propaganda of Memory”

June 7, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


It seems to me that the poet wants readers to think about the fallibility of human memory, and how it can be a source of untruth that is more insidious and dangerous than propaganda generated from without.

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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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The 2015 Tony Awards: Winners, Losers, and a Surprising Snub

June 2, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

The Tony Awards aren’t usually as glamorous as the Oscars; there’s typically less cleavage—not to mention less Botox—on the red carpet. But what it lacks in glitz and glitter it makes up for in sincere appreciation of craft.

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Poetry Sunday: “Vinculum,” by Alice Friman

May 31, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Near the end of the poem the speaker’s perspective tilts upward and wonderfully expands, and she is able to apprehend a bond arcing over herself and her son like a stanchionless bridge, the very image of the mathematical symbol that titles this poem.

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The Wednesday 5: Military Women in Film

May 27, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


In this week’s Wednesday 5, as we continue to carry on the spirit of Memorial Day, we are thinking of our military women and their presence and portrayals in film and documentaries.

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