On Emotional Health: Discovering My Mother Too Late
By Barbara Fertig
In an instant, it seemed, the woman who bore me, the woman who raised me, had become another person, a person I hardly knew. In one rare moment, in one extraordinary place, I was shocked out of an assumption that I could define my mother.
Wednesday 5: Women of Vision
In this week’s Wednesday 5 we highlight women of vision—those who use the camera to tell compelling stories about our world and its complexities.
Days of Their Lives: Carol Ostrow, Producing Director
By Deborah Harkins
“At the Flea we say that we want to go places artistically that you might not feel comfortable going,” says Carol Ostrow, the theater’s producing director. “Our work can be very transgressive and in your face. We exist on a playing field where we want to get in front of you.”
Dr. Pat Consults: Searching for Early Signs of Skin Cancer
Anetta Reszko, M.D.
“My sister was just diagnosed with invasive squamous cell cancer on the back of her thigh. Shouldn’t her dermatologist—whom she sees three times a year for ‘cosmetic stuff’—have also been routinely checking her for skin cancer?”
Today’s Talk Topic: What Harry Did for Us
Susan B. Johnson
Harry Burn thought about the letter that he carried in his pocket. “Dear Son,” his mother had written. “Hurrah, and vote for suffrage! Don’t keep them in doubt . . . Be a good boy. ”
Poetry Sunday: Found in a Forest
Today we watch and listen as poet Cris Mulvey takes us on a long walk through her past and into a forest where instead of darkness she finds light.
How to Break Your Toe in One Easy Step
Roz Warren’s Facebook friends find many inventive ways to snap a toe. For instance, “I broke my big toe coming down from a headstand.”
The Real Lauren Bacall
The Dakota courtyard was lit in a whole new way. Had there been a change in the outdoor lighting? Perhaps the full moon had slipped from its orbit and was angling in a novel way? No, the light was emanating from the most stunning 41-year-old on the planet. Lauren Bacall was coming home on the arm of her husband, Jason Robards.
Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: The Art of War in Marriage
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
“The chance of ending a first marriage over a 40-year period is 67 percent,” notes psychologist John Gottman. Yet he discovered that while some people can fight endlessly about substantive issues and stay together, other couples can break up over who is going to walk the dog.
Wednesday 5: The Best of the Web This Week
The culture of beautifying violence and rape in fashion; what women could not do in the 1960s; an exhibition at the Palais Galliera in Paris focuses on French fashion from 1947 to ’57; the importance of “senior erotica”; and Christina Hendricks spoofs the modern office.
Helen Mirren Holds Culinary Court in ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’
By Alexandra MacAaron
With its fine cast, glorious setting, and countless scenes of mouthwatering menus, ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ is an appetizing alternative to summer’s superheroes and zombies.
Dr. Pat Consults: Collagenous Colitis—Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment
By Dr. Carl McDougall
This week, Dr. Pat Allen asks Dr. Carl McDougall, a gastroenterologist in private practice in New York City, to counsel a woman who was suddenly and mysteriously struck with a disorder called collagenous colitis.
Poetry Sunday: Traveling with Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edna St. Vincent Millay was loyal and fickle, loved and betrayed and everything in between. Mostly she was unsettled and unsettling.
Molly Fisk: Do Something Backward
By Molly Fisk
Following a daily routine is like floating down a calm river in the sun, humming a little nameless tune . . . just before you hear that funny rumbling sound, and your mind, in its lazy, somnolent state, adds two and two together to make “rapids.” The universe arranges disasters for people like you.
Favorite Summer Indulgences from Amanda Ross
As we are now in the throes of summer, we’ve asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with 10 sweet indulgences for the season. This week we invited Amanda Ross—an internationally renowned fashion director, stylist, and costume and jewelry designer known for the elegant, refined, and sophisticated eye she has developed through her years as a staple in the fashion industry.