The Wednesday Five: The ‘Genius’ Women of the 2015 MacArthur Awards Mimi Lien is seen at her home in Brooklyn, New York on Monday September 14, 2015.  Adam Lerner / AP Images for Home Front Communications

This year, nine women (of the twenty four winners), who are groundbreaking in their fields of neuroscience, photography, tap dancing, history, set design, fabrication, poetry, and economy, received the coveted prize.

A Papal Visit: Lasting Impressions 9-25-Pope3

Pat Kinney

Seeing the pope in 1995, I could feel sympathy for my mother’s experience. I somehow shared that moment with her, and that came back to me watching and listening and reading coverage of the visit of the current pope.

Risky Business: Reinventing Life in Middle Age—or Later

By Deborah Harkins

“Law school almost killed me. It almost kills even the 22-year-olds,” says Diane Bradshaw. A singer-dancer-actress for a quarter of a century, she finally yielded, when she was 48, to the continuing call of a college education. “Law school tore up my guts,” she says. “But I’m glad it did, because practicing law tears up your guts too, and a lawyer has to be able to withstand that.” And then there was the financial risk . . .

‘Left Behind,’ by Kim Akhtar WVFC

Anwar was driving fast and the car’s red taillights soon disappeared when they reached the end of the lane and turned right back onto the main highway. It happened so fast. All of a sudden Zahra was gone. She’d left me there. But why? I couldn’t understand. What had I done that was so wrong?

Movie Review: ‘The Second Mother’ Is First-Rate 30-second-mother.w560.h375

By Alexandra MacAaron

Writer and director Anna Muylaert has woven an interesting and layered story around the theme of a mother’s sacrifice. She began the project as a reflection of motherhood and social structure in her country.

A Woman Who’s Made a Difference: Clara Bingham, Investigative Journalist Clara Bingham (photo, Porter Gifford).

By Deborah Harkins

“These are David and Goliath stories,” Clara Bingham acknowledges. “I like to write about whistle-blowers and people who put their lives on the line to fight corruption.”

A Healthier, More Satisfying Second Half of Life: 40 Things for Every Woman in Her 40s 14065606084_edd35215d8_z

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

The best 40th birthday gift a woman can give herself is a promise to begin these 40 things before 50 so she can have a healthier, more satisfying second half of life.

Pope’s Visit Bridges Gaps Between Many Groups of People 9-25-Pope3

By Diane Vacca

Now that the whirlwind visit of Pope Francis to the United States has come to a close, I urge people of all faiths to watch and contemplate the video of the pontiff’s visit to the September 11 Memorial. The multi-faith service was deeply moving as it showed Americans embracing one another and praying for peace together.

The Vulnerable Female Body: “Putting Back the Damaged Parts” Dr. Lauri Romanzi, in burka, on a U.N. medical mission in Afghanistan . . .

By Deborah Harkins

Dr. Lauri Romanzi operates on women in developing countries who have suffered pelvic-organ injuries—many of them through obstructed childbirth. Some of her patients “have suffered so greatly at the hands of their communities,” she notes, “that even if they’re returned to fully normal function, they often don’t want to go back to their village.”

Poetry Sunday: Anna Akhmatova Poems Translated by Meryl Natchez Meryl Natchez - 06

By Rebecca Foust

Anna Akhmatova evolved from a bohemian lioness into the embodiment of suffering and courage. In her last years, she found herself surrounded by young poets who saw her as a sort of deity of modern Russian poetry and history. Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky was her favorite disciple. In a century that shattered so many other Russian traditions, their friendship gave strength and continuity to Russian poetry.

Sojourner Truth: Let Us Now Praise Extraordinary Women Portrait of Sojourner Truth in 1850.

By Deborah Harkins

“Sojourner Truth was an architect of democracy as we know it! She was the first black woman feminist ever!” the opera director mused. “I started to get grumpy—Who has tucked this woman under the coffee table, and why have they done it?”

Molly Fisk: Here’s What I Love 2526215746_483e6ff397_z

By Molly Fisk

It makes sense to me to practice love, to acknowledge it out loud, in the same way that people work their muscles through exercise, or flex their brains by reading and thinking.

Fitness Saturday: Two Best Leg Stretches Anyone Can Do Wall Hamstring Stretch

By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares two ways to stretch the large muscles of the legs.

Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest Baptism

By Deborah Harkins

Rev. Dr. Sandra McCann has switched careers abruptly—and with some amazement—all through her life. Ask her how she happened to become a doctor, then a radiologist, then a priest, and she’ll say, with a touch of wonder, “I was taken by surprise!”

Dressed for a Cause — ‘Women’s Voices for Change’ Celebrates 10 Years WVFC

The luncheon guests glowed with their enthusiasm and support for the work of Women’s Voices, and we took note of what they wore, including their talent for pairing their outfits with beautiful jewelry pieces and accessories.