Days of Their Lives: Sandy Wilbur, Forensic Musicologist

October 6, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

Sandy Wilbur

By Deborah Harkins

What IS musical plagiarism? Is a particular number of notes, strung in a certain order, the giveaway? Sandy Wilbur, forensic musicologist, says no; it’s more complicated than that.

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Days of Their Lives—Earth, Fire, Water: Jerolyn Morrison’s Dream Job

October 5, 2015 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

Jerolyn and her fellow researchers tease out the details of the ancient Minoans’ domestic life through piecing together shattered objects, chemical analysis, experiments (like cooking demonstrations), and informed speculation. “We put these deposits together very slowly, very meticulously, to form a story about an archaeological deposit that’s been excavated,” she tells us.

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Cantor Debbi: Have Torah, Will Travel

October 4, 2015 by Roz Warren

Debbi Baillard

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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That’s Why the Lady Is an Ump

October 3, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

By Deborah Harkins

Perry Barber has called more baseball games during her 32-year career than any other woman umpire, and more than a lot of men, too. She means to continue umping as long as her strength and her legs hold up—and goddess help any bureaucrat who tries to keep her out of the game.

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A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Mary Palmer, Seattle’s Pied Piper

October 2, 2015 by Toni Myers


By Toni Myers

The Global Reading Challenge is designed to include all fourth/fifth graders, not just the avid readers, though they are its biggest cheerleaders. Though it means more work, they love the excitement (as well as the safety) of competing in teams; the wild and crazy practice sessions; the recognition by everyone in school; the realization later that they will always and forever be Global Scholars.

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Today’s Talk Topic: Climate Change—the Apathy of the Enlightened

October 1, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Humans have a “psychological capacity to know something and live as if we don’t know it,” explains a psychologist/economist who is alarmed at our lack of alarm about the cataclysm to come.

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Dominique Browning: ‘Making a Difference in the Air We Breathe’

October 1, 2015 by Judith A. Ross


By Judith A. Ross

While what we do at home is important, “it’s not what is going to solve this [climate change] problem,” Dominique Browning says. “What will work is old-fashioned citizenship.”

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The Wednesday Five: The ‘Genius’ Women of the 2015 MacArthur Awards

September 30, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

Mimi Lien is seen at her home in Brooklyn, New York on Monday September 14, 2015.  Adam Lerner / AP Images for Home Front Communications

This year, nine women (of the twenty four winners), who are groundbreaking in their fields of neuroscience, photography, tap dancing, history, set design, fabrication, poetry, and economy, received the coveted prize.

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A Papal Visit: Lasting Impressions

September 30, 2015 by Pat Kinney


Pat Kinney

Seeing the pope in 1995, I could feel sympathy for my mother’s experience. I somehow shared that moment with her, and that came back to me watching and listening and reading coverage of the visit of the current pope.

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Risky Business: Reinventing Life in Middle Age—or Later

September 30, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

By Deborah Harkins

“Law school almost killed me. It almost kills even the 22-year-olds,” says Diane Bradshaw. A singer-dancer-actress for a quarter of a century, she finally yielded, when she was 48, to the continuing call of a college education. “Law school tore up my guts,” she says. “But I’m glad it did, because practicing law tears up your guts too, and a lawyer has to be able to withstand that.” And then there was the financial risk . . .

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‘Left Behind,’ by Kim Akhtar

September 29, 2015 by Kim Akhtar


Anwar was driving fast and the car’s red taillights soon disappeared when they reached the end of the lane and turned right back onto the main highway. It happened so fast. All of a sudden Zahra was gone. She’d left me there. But why? I couldn’t understand. What had I done that was so wrong?

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A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Clara Bingham, Investigative Journalist

September 29, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

Clara Bingham (photo, Porter Gifford).

By Deborah Harkins

“These are David and Goliath stories,” Clara Bingham acknowledges. “I like to write about whistle-blowers and people who put their lives on the line to fight corruption.”

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Pope’s Visit Bridges Gaps Between Many Groups of People

September 28, 2015 by Diane Vacca


By Diane Vacca

Now that the whirlwind visit of Pope Francis to the United States has come to a close, I urge people of all faiths to watch and contemplate the video of the pontiff’s visit to the September 11 Memorial. The multi-faith service was deeply moving as it showed Americans embracing one another and praying for peace together.

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The Vulnerable Female Body: “Putting Back the Damaged Parts”

September 28, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

Dr. Lauri Romanzi, in burka, on a U.N. medical mission in Afghanistan . . .

By Deborah Harkins

Dr. Lauri Romanzi operates on women in developing countries who have suffered pelvic-organ injuries—many of them through obstructed childbirth. Some of her patients “have suffered so greatly at the hands of their communities,” she notes, “that even if they’re returned to fully normal function, they often don’t want to go back to their village.”

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Sojourner Truth: Let Us Now Praise Extraordinary Women

September 27, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

Portrait of Sojourner Truth in 1850.

By Deborah Harkins

“Sojourner Truth was an architect of democracy as we know it! She was the first black woman feminist ever!” the opera director mused. “I started to get grumpy—Who has tucked this woman under the coffee table, and why have they done it?”

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