Today’s Talk Topic: Elaine Stritch as Alec Baldwin’s ‘Mom’

Elaine Stritch, who died on July 17 at age 89, was unforgettable as Alec Baldwin’s mom, the irascible Colleen, on NBC’s “30 Rock”—a matriarch so malevolent that she regularly confounded even her wily son/

Fashion Friday: Tribute to Eileen Ford Obit Eileen Ford

One doesn’t have to be in the fashion world to know that to be a “Ford Model” is to be at the summit of the industry. Eileen Ford, widely credited with pioneering the modern modeling agency, co-founded the iconic Ford Models with her husband, Jerry Ford. She died on July 10. She was 92.

Dr. Ford Reports: The Myth of Safety on Campus 10304330045_0cdf79e200_z

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The New York Times’s in-depth look at a campus sexual-assault complaint—the incident, the aftermath, and the surrounding culture—was a stunning indictment of the state of affairs for women on campus today.

Wednesday 5: The Best of the Net This Week

An innovative device that is saving the lives of premature babies; Karyn Parsons has a new organization focusing on African-American history; lessons on the wrong way to praise 42-year-old women; the first list featuring the “Most Powerful Women: The Food & Drink Innovators” comes out in the fall; and 35 writers who make up the literary Internet.

Beating the Box-Office Blues: 21 Summertime Movies You Can Catch at Home 0711_track_summer_blockbusters_768x432_con_main

By Alexandra MacAaron

Hollywood’s summer-blockbuster emphasis on lowbrow content and high-tech special effects is a shame. Because, historically—or at least in my memory—there have been so many wonderful summer movies. Spending a hot afternoon in an air-conditioned cinema (or for those of us lucky enough to remember, an evening at a drive-in) was a precious piece of summers past.

Medical Monday Alert! Don’t Let These Changes in COBRA Put You in Financial Peril! COBRA-Insurance-definition

By Maura Carley

Until March 31, 2014, you could terminate COBRA whenever you chose to and apply for individual coverage. But—attention should be paid!—this is no longer true.

Poetry Sunday: Simmering Siblings IMG_1925

Today, Kathleen Zeisler Goldman reminds us that we never really travel far from childhood’s territory of misunderstanding between sisters.

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By Molly Fisk

“There’s so much stuff on the planet already, most of it in the houses of First World residents like me, that it’s crazy, and they’re making more of everything in China as we speak, which is even crazier.”

Profiles in Fashion: ‘The SEAMS’ on NPR Stories from The Seams

The SEAMS is a refreshing and innovative program that allows us to think of fashion differently—to see it beyond the confines of style and instead, explore its substance.

Social Security and the Myth of the ‘Gray Tsunami’ Social+Security

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

In addition to worrying about how to cope with the many challenges of aging, we baby boomers are bombarded with the idea that, one way or another, we will be “burdens” to our children—no matter what—in our later years.

Wednesday 5: Student Loan Debt, Gender Pay Gap, Guggenheim’s All-Male Monopoly, and More graduating-to-a-pay-gap-the-earnings-of-women-and-men-one-year-after-college-graduation-cover-280x170

In this week’s Wednesday 5: Student loan debt is an increasing crisis for women; a new Verizon ad questions the impact of telling our girls they are pretty; Guggenheim announces an all-male monopoly (again) on its coveted rotunda space for 2015; a series of benches painted like open books are the rave in London; and a campaign explains that many girls in developing countries are deterred from going to school because of their periods.

Yes, You Can Call me ‘Ma’am’! yes_ma_am_1

By Eleanore Wells

Back then I didn’t want to be addressed as “ma’am.” “Ma’am” is a lady of 50 years or older, which technically I was, but I had a much fresher attitude . . . or so I thought.

Ask Dr. Pat: Is hormone replacement therapy dangerous? 5406671749_d48271664c

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Women who had fulfilling professional and personal lives first, then had children later in life, often find themselves in the menopausal transition with demands for the care of younger children, personal relationships, and work that leaves no time for self care. Find a health care professional who will listen to your symptoms of menopausal syndrome and the narrative of your day-to-day existence and who will work with you to design a plan for evaluation and treatment of your symptoms.

Poetry Sunday: Fourth of July Weekend, the Flag, and Julia Ward Howe MTE4MDAzNDEwNTY0Mzg0Mjcw

Julia Ward Howe suffered mightily for what the values of her times considered close to sin— having not one, but many a career, finding her way out of socially imbued prejudice and ignorance, and always—always—reminding women through her poetry that being oppressed was a choice, not a destiny.

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By Roz Warren

So you don’t want to give your dog an ordinary name like Fido or Spot. And you love books. So, naturally, you turn to your favorite literary classics when it’s time to name the new puppy.