Book Review: “Older Faster Stronger,” by Margaret Webb

November 25, 2014 by Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

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By Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

We listened in admiration as the former “short, stocky, flatfooted, still-smoking, pre-menopausal woman” told of the strength, energy, and lifted spirits that have enhanced her life since she decided to exercise her 50-year-old body “to the fitness level of a fit 20-year-old.”

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Poetry Sunday: “Over the River and Through the Wood” (aka “The New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day”)

November 23, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Hurrah for the pumpkin pie! And hurrah for the nineteenth-century abolitionist, women’s-rights activist, scholar, and novelist Lydia Maria Child—the strong woman, so far ahead of her time, who wrote the poem that has become America’s favorite Thanksgiving song.

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NANA POWER: The Extraordinary Art of Niki de Saint Phalle

November 18, 2014 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Niki de Saint Phalle was a tireless fighter for women’s issues through her art—indeed, she was the first artist to make women her focus in such a way. Unique in the art world, her uninhibited style has wowed people everywhere. She wanted to bring joy, humor, and color into everyone’s life, and she succeeded brilliantly.

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Poetry Sunday: A Recently Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Reflects

November 16, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Alice Pettway is a friend of “Women’s Voices for Change” and an ally of all of humanity. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa, she retained her full-time dedication to poetry even as she took on the panoply of jobs assigned to her. She saw much as others have, but she understood what she witnessed in her own empathic way.

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Book Review: “Yes Please,” by Amy Poehler

November 11, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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Alexandra MacAaron

“Yes Please” is quick and entertaining. It’s part memoir, part “self-help,” part comedic monologue, and mostly funny. And that’s the problem.

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Poetry Sunday: Making Amends to Our Bodies

November 9, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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In “Amends to Parts of the Body,” Kathy Engel reminds us that while we are often so generous to the women-soldiers in our lives, encouraging them to be kind and gentle to themselves and to their bodies, we often neglect to offer that same comfort and kindness to our own bodies.

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Book Review: Sonia Sotomayor—Too Flamboyant for the Supreme Court?

November 4, 2014 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

Because of her ethnicity, Sonia Sotomayor was automatically stigmatized. In addition, her innate extroversion was amplified by the exuberance of Latin culture, and this too was held against her, even when she became a Supreme Court justice. Her propensities for fire-engine-red nail polish, unruly hair, and “flashy” jewelry were singled out by the news media as markers of her otherness.

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Poetry Sunday: The Other Side of Pamela Ahlen

November 2, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Last week we published the portrait of a poet devotedly simplifying someone else’s life with “Cleaning Out M’s Garage,” by Pamela Ahlen. This week we offer her take on what collecting means.

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Poetry Sunday: What Women Do for One Another

October 26, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Today Pamela Ahlen takes us inside a garage and into a scene many of us will recognize. Women gather when women are widowed, taking up the tasks that weigh too much for any one person to do alone.

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True Confessions of a Netflix Binger

October 21, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Home alone with a terrible cold, I watched Showtime’s entire series “The Tudors” on Netflix. Not a season, mind you, but the entire series: 6 wives, 38 episodes. Every time I told myself I should get up, get to work (get a life), I’d fast-forward through the closing credits and Netflix would automatically push me into the next episode. It was marvelous.

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Poetry Sunday: A Woman’s Viewpoint

October 19, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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This poem does one of the essential jobs of poetry. It takes a moment that might disappear and etches it into the reader’s consciousness as part of something larger, leaving us with a question that is much more powerful than an answer would be.

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Poetry Sunday: An October Night

October 12, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Seen through the eyes and sensibilities of poet Barbara Hagerty, an October night is a gathering of images. Here she invites us watch with her as autumn convenes its visions under the light of the moon.

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Today’s Talk Topic: Turning Into an Older Woman

October 7, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Throughout this series [of photographs], we watch these women age, undergoing life’s most humbling experience. While many of us can, when pressed, name things we are grateful to Time for bestowing upon us, the lines bracketing our mouths and the loosening of our skin are not among them.

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Poetry Sunday: Pictures of a Marriage

October 5, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Martha Grant

Today Martha K. Grant shares with us what most of us already know. “Till death do us part” doesn’t mean we won’t think about a different kind of life now and again.

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TV Reviews: “Madam Secretary” and “How to Get Away With Murder”

September 30, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

As the new secretary of state in CBS’s “Madam Secretary,” Téa Leoni must negotiate a hostage crisis, parry with a resentful chief of staff, dodge a personal stylist, and host a dinner party for an African dignitary and his ten wives. And that’s all in her first week!

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