The Wednesday 5: Lists (not Binders) Full of Women A1r2IZBarML

In this week’s Wednesday 5: women who did not “make it” until they were 40; seven women who could run for president; Fadumo Dayib, who could be Somalia’s first female presidential candidate; how women can take charge of their retirement; and a beautiful ode to our women astronomers.

Netflix Review: “Grace and Frankie”—Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Make a Delightful Odd Couple Grace-and-Frankie-Netflix-Original-Cast

By Alexandra MacAaron

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (who both look fabulous at, respectively, 77 and 75) are perfectly matched. As you watch each 30-minute episode of this Netflix series, you can appreciate not only their acting, but how much fun they’re having.

Spring Breaks Out in Portland, Oregon IMG_2365

By C.A. Carrington

C.A. Carrington, our Portland Correspondent, answers our Invitation urging writers to render spring in their part of the country.

Alternative Treatments for Depression (Dr. Pat Consults) 3899825528_7261373b15_z

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

A series of well-controlled studies showed SAMe to be as effective as, and better tolerated than, the older tricyclic antidepressants, and the majority of studies show it to be more effective than placebo. It can be used on its own for the treatment of depression.

Mother’s Day: “Gathering Bones,” by Wendy Barker barker

“Gathering Bones” braids two narratives-of-narratives: one, a film about a farmer whose retrieval of bones allows him to construct a history of the Holocaust in which he finds himself complicit; and another, the history of the speaker’s mother, reconstructed from memory and dreams.

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By Grace Graupe-Pillard

Sketching my mother as she lay in hospice, I drew the heavy lids framing the beautiful, once warily alert gray-green irises, the “yes” and “no” eyes, vividly etched into my memory, that my twin sister and I could bring to an outpouring of tears or a ray of pride . . .

Mothers in Literature: The Good, the Bad, and the Murderous 423px-Mrs_Bennet

By Toni Myers

Perhaps the most tortured mother in all literature is Sophie Zawistowska, whose life is forever frozen in time after the SS officer at Auschwitz demands: “You may keep one of your [two] children. The other one will have to go. Which one will you keep?”

Countdown to Mother’s Day: ‘Diamond Bea’ Knopf—Big, Bawdy, and Bodacious Bea

By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

Bea was a card sharp. That’s how I think she earned the nickname “Diamond Bea.” She beat the boots off whomever she played with, of whatever economic level. Or maybe her efforts toward improving my dad got her the nickname: She often said my father was a diamond-in-the-rough and she had polished him.

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By Molly Fisk

When did “spaghetti,” which is what it was called when I was a kid, turn into “pasta”? And what does it mean when this sophisticated term comes out of the mouths of 10-year-olds? The same thing happened to “sherbet.” It disappeared, and now we say, sounding very swank, “sorbet.”

Gifts for Our Mothers—a Personal Touch tiffany

This Mother’s Day we are thinking of gifts that exemplify a personal touch, a thoughtful act, an embrace of the essence of who these women are.

Countdown to Mother’s Day: Childless by Choice (Dr. Ford on Emotional Health) 51s3m3jetNL

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the many issues that “childless” people face is the skepticism and discomfort it creates in those of us who are parents. The latter, zealous converts to the joys of parenthood, find their friends’ choice confusing, and even, at times, threatening.

The Wednesday 5: The Week’s Must-Reads quiltudoko.grid_

In this week’s Wednesday 5: Girls in Afghanistan are not allowed to ride bicycles—but a growing organization teaches them how to skateboard; artist Faith Ringgold creates an app for the aging mind and eye; a new book on Rose Herera, formerly enslaved, and her fight to get back her children; the tech company Axosoft is brilliantly reimagining the ladies’ room symbol; and TV’s best British women police officers.

Where Are All the Stage Mothers? (Maternal Roles Get Short Shrift in the Theater) 60a7ea23e7372ada_landing

By Alexandra MacAaron

Historically, both straight plays and musicals have been a little biased when it comes to maternal characters.

Tech Tuesday: Nature & Technology Image from Flickr via (Creative Commons License)

By Amy Blum

While the progress of technology often threatens preservation on a large scale, as individuals we can improve our natural surroundings by using technology to reduce energy consumption and protect the environment.

Dr. Pat Consults: New Mothers and Postpartum Depression—When It’s More Than Baby Blues 380747913_c73873a0d1_o

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

There is still a degree of shame surrounding emotional issues that can arise during pregnancy and childbirth, and it is important that we talk about them.