Poetry Sunday: Alice Pettway Season

December 14, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Here Alice Pettway gives us an African season that is as remote as it is exotic and beautifully rendered.

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The Wednesday 5: Radical Women

December 10, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

In this week’s Wednesday 5 we share with you five documentaries featuring the lives and stories of radical women, including Nina Simone, Marina Abramovic, and Elaine Stritch.

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Betty Buckley’s New “Ghostlight” Is a Hauntingly Beautiful Homecoming

December 9, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

“Ghostlight” is a disarmingly intimate collection of songs, spanning several decades and a breadth of genres—a carefully curated mix ranging from Irving Berlin to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jacques Brel to Tom Waits. It was designed to transport you to “a mysterious, smoky place.”

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Poetry Sunday: Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Visitors to Pearl Harbor today are stirred by the USS Arizona Memorial, the hull of the sunken ship from which our nation’s flag flies. On the path to the memorial, one can see the poem that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt carried with her during those long years of horror and suffering.

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From Parodies to Paper Dolls, COUNTDOWN TO DOWNTON

December 2, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Honing our anticipation of the return of “Downton Abbey” through books, blogs, previews, parodies— even a witty assortment of “Downton” paper dolls. (Thomas and O’Brien come with “evil accessories.”)

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Poetry Sunday: In Africa with Alice Pettway Once Again

November 30, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


A true poet can paint atmosphere with words. What’s more, the poet/artist can be both observer and participant. Here is what that looks like when it is done superbly.

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Molly Fisk: Meditation After “Black Friday”

November 29, 2014 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

On singing traditional carols at Christmastime: Even if we are not, all of us, faithful, we can still be joyful and triumphant.

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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

Lydia Maria Child (1870)

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

Niki de Saint Phalle Expo Poster

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


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


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

ke pr photo by Phillippe

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


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

Patricia Ahlen

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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