Molly Fisk: Ready for Anything? 10031453223_0fc1932595_z

Probably the same principle operates in humans about disaster planning as it does about death. Somewhere in our deepest secret heart of hearts, we can’t believe it will happen to us. This principle is why people marry more than twice, and still buy homes in Florida with a straight face.

Get Off the Beaten Path in Ecuador’s Southern Highlands Woman in Plaza - Web

By Alice Pettway

Gualaceo, a town known for its crafts just a couple of hours away from Cuenca, was the perfect antidote to the crowds. Our first sign that we’d made a successful decision was the lack of tourists on the bus.

Women Athletes — and What They Wear?

Over the course of the past two weeks at the Olympic Games in Rio, the division in the way our global media culture reports on men and women athletes has received both praise and critique. When it comes to what our women champions are wearing, aka Olympic Fashion, as they compete, the divide cannot be any clearer.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Dear Dr. Ford: Our family has spent a two-week summer vacation on the farm where my husband grew up in the Midwest since our children, now 16 and 14, were born. This year my daughters were ill behaved and snobbish in their behavior toward their loving extended family. My husband and I have not decided what to do about this situation yet and I thought I would write to you to ask for some guidance.

The Wednesday Five Betty_Reid_Soskin

In this week’s Wednesday Five: meet the ‘Iron Nun’, 86-year-old triathlete Sister Madonna Buder; Afghanistan’s only woman athlete at the Olympics is running alone but fighting for all women; at 94, Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest and flyest Park Ranger ever; the moments in ‘Gilmore Girls’ season 1 that not-so-secretly empowered us; and why women’s boxing continues to be in the shadows.

Ro Howe’s Recipes: Chilled Pear Soup with Raspberries Untitled

By Ro Howe

Though we can find pears all year, they are at their best and a glorious blessing of midsummer. When you bite, their solid structure defies viscosity. Their soft, slightly gritty cell structure holds intensely flavored juice with a distinct floral-pear aroma. Bite into a ripe pear and you will be forgiven the drool of nectar smearing your lips.

Happiness, Liberty, Life? Politics and Art 1944 Cartoon(1)

By Stacia Friedman

How does art created 10, 20, or even 50 years ago speaks so loudly to issues that dominate headlines today? Is the current presidential race taking us forward or “back to the future?”

‘Movie Logic’: 7 Impossible Things Regularly Seen in Films FullSizeRender

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

I thought about the number of things that regularly happen in “movie logic” that are psychologically or physically impossible (or improbable). Films that avoid these devices are better for it.

Psoriasis: A Common Skin Disease That Is Often Misunderstood Untitled

By Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. Psoriasis is one of the most common skin diseases afflicting about 2 percent to 3 percent of the population. It is polygenetic in transmission, meaning that multiple genes contribute to the development of the disease.

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By Ro Howe

You can see how important Gertie has been to my work over the last 30 years! So it was with much trepidation that a while ago, I’m afraid I had to report that Gertie, our faithful Garland, had taken up smoking in her old age!

Poetry Sunday: ‘Lucifer at the Starlite,’ by Kim Addonizio KimAddonizio_NewBioImage_Credit-LinTan

By Rebecca Foust

The message is dark, so what makes the poem so wickedly funny? One is its irreverence—how it deflates the power and importance of something sacred.

Molly Fisk: Normal Sloth & Torpor 5709998073_c4149d9eed_z

Does this happen to you? Do some of those do-it-every-day-or-week jobs like cooking, cleaning, laundry, flossing your teeth, getting your oil changed, and mowing the lawn suddenly turn into Mt. Everest without warning? I am wondering if this is normal, or whether I’m having a very delayed mid-life crisis.

Fashion Meets Fitness Shoes CTAS-SELENE-SHIELD-CANVAS-MI-553259C_996_A_PREM

By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Women’s sneakers have always come in colors and varying styles to match with casual wear, but recently shoe designers have come up with a truly different style of fashionable sneaker that has become all the rage: the Wedge Sneaker.

Roz Warren: Not Sure if You’re Actually Having Sex? I Can Help 4035906737_aebcaaf28f_z

Apparently, this is how a cheater thinks. They phoned and flirted and texted and kissed and said “I love you” and made passionate furtive whoopee in hotel rooms, but they convinced themselves that it wasn’t cheating because “we didn’t have sex.”

Fashion Friday: Kaftan Style ca972cda7806b3aa0964138ebf139ef6

Elegant, flowing, luxurious, comfortable, chic, bohemian, glamorous, breezy, and freeing — these are just some of the words to describe the aesthetic and allure of this long printed cotton or silk dress.