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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Researchers have found correlations between coastal living and better mental health, and have documented that the ocean has many positive effects on health and well-being.

Poetry Sunday: ‘Anti-Pastoral,’ by Vievee Francis Vivee Francis book cover_Forest Primeval_from NW website_3-28-16

By Rebecca Foust

What began as a protest against the pastoral tradition ends up as a new or alternative form of pastoral that can do what is needed here: powerfully convey a message about social justice. This poem gives me hope that language and literature are flexible enough to be adapted to our culture’s changing needs.

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One of the things that happens when you’re a poet is that people come up to you at silent auctions and board meetings, or in line at the movies — anywhere you might be standing around — and ask you strange questions about your work. The questions themselves are sort of incoherent, and not that important, it’s what’s behind them that’s interesting.

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

This post is part of our series of Fitness Saturday exercises, workouts, and expert tips appropriate to women in the second half of life. Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares a video of stretches and exercises that are perfect for warming up or cooling down.

Is Fashion Modern? 20_0

Earlier this week, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York invited a dynamic list key of designers, curators, critics, scholars, activists, and entrepreneurs to debate a singular idea: Is Fashion Modern? It might seem like an obvious answer — “Yes!” But the real answer is: “It’s Complicated!”

The Pakistani Squash Champion Who Disguised Herself as a Boy (In the News)

Dressed as a boy, Maria Toorpakai Wazir played on the boys’ squash team of an academy run by the Pakistani air force. Then her gender was discovered, and the death threats from the Taliban began.

Sex Educator Emily Nagoski and the New Science of Sex (Part Two) comeasyouare-reprint-768x1155

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Psychologists have long known that the mind is the single most important sexual “organ,” and sex educator Emily Nagoski’s book, “Come as You Are,” has very helpful suggestions on how to influence your mind in the direction of more satisfying sex.

Time for Travel and Contemplation: Discovering Cartagena—a Photo Essay Rainbow Chairs-Web

By Alice Pettway

Cartagena’s old city has been lovingly restored. Brilliant flowers cascade down walls that echo their colors. And just when you think the scene couldn’t be more stunning, the sun begins to set, throwing its warm light along the cobblestone streets.

The Wednesday Five WaspPilots6-795e6c375d0764c0ac460bde3e5fa50c

In this week’s Wednesday Five: the Women Deliver Conference on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women opens; Congress passes bill that allows WWII Women Air Force Service Pilots to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery; the women of Fast Company’s list of the most creative people in business; Hoda Kotb offers valuable life lessons at her commencement speech to Tulane University’s class of 2016; and the all-female Shakespeare production of ‘Taming the Shrew’ goes live this summer.

‘A Bigger Splash’: Mythology, Rock ’n’ Roll and the Houseguest from Hell fafbcefaadb938b26bb29aa11358b633

By Alexandra MacAaron

‘A Bigger Splash’ is artistic, unusual and deeply affecting. But, despite the quality of the film’s direction, writing, casting and brilliant cinematography by Yorick Le Saux, it feels theatrical and deliberately artificial.

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By Deborah Harkins

Yes, Virginia, there still are doctors who make house calls. And the care they offer is far more sophisticated than the treatment Kindly Old Doc could provide in bygone days.

Monday Notes From Dr. Pat

Today, Dr. Megan Riddle defines and describes bipolar illness. And, Judith Ross brings us up-to-date on the life of Dominique Browning, who will be the 2016 recipient of Audubon’s Rachel Carson Award on May 17.

Bipolar Disorder: A Complex Illness That Is Much More Than Mood Swings 3899825528_7261373b15_z

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is a serious mental illness that affects about 1 to 3 percent of the population.

Clean Air Activist Dominique Browning Receives Audubon’s 2016 Rachel Carson Award dominique_retouched

By Judith A. Ross

A well-known writer and editor who topped the masthead at “House & Garden” magazine for more than a decade, Browning has turned her formidable leadership skills and deep passion for the environment toward tackling today’s thorniest and most consequential challenge: climate disruption.

Poetry Sunday: ‘Prayer,’ by Francesca Bell Francesca Bell_author photo_4-28-16

I wrote “Prayer” as a note to myself, as a declaration of intention to lean on as I make my way through my forties and beyond. So much of our cultural conversation about aging involves denial, and avoidance, and a strange sort of shame. I want to engage directly with time’s passing and with what happens to my body as living uses it up.