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By Alexandra MacAaron

Growing up and growing strong with a bipolar dad may have seemed like an impossible mission. But, clearly, writer/director Maya Forbes’ film ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ shows she has moved forward. Her tribute to her father and their troubled times together is worth seeking out. It’s not always easy to watch but, all-in-all, it’s a good story.

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By Roz Warren

Last week a patron at the suburban library where I work spent five minutes telling a colleague all about why (and exactly how) she should use a water pic. This inspired me to log onto my favorite Facebook Librarian Hangout to ask: “What’s the oddest thing a library patron has ever said to you?”

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

Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine, the nation’s premier medical journal, released an article describing new discoveries related to the FTO gene and its link to obesity, bringing with it hopes for new treatment options.

Dr. Pat Consults: Is the ‘Female Viagra’ for Me? 9462621927_f845321b51_z

Important work by Rosemary Basson, M.D., introduced the concept of a “circular” response cycle in women, as opposed to the more “linear” one that describes male sexuality, in which desire leads to arousal as a prelude to sex. Many women report “multiple reasons for initiating or agreeing to sex,” and desire may not be experienced until after arousal.

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By Rebecca Foust

The writer of “Mating Season,” Andrena Zawinski, tells me that it “is one of those poems that appears like an unexpected gift that only needs to be accepted, in this case written down.”

Molly Fisk: Weed-Whacking, the Anti-Depressant 3677135106_6ef3d73d9b_z

By Molly Fisk

I’m feeling grateful, delighted, relieved, and did I say grateful? Incredibly grateful. I’m quite sure that actual lines on my forehead are disappearing as the grass succumbs to their machines. Their parents would probably disagree, but for me, these kids are human Botox.

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

One out of three older adults (65 and over) fall every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries and fractures, with women being twice as likely to suffer a fracture than men. Exercise, however, is one of the best ways to help you keep your balance and avoid unnecessary falls.

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As we are now winding down the summer, we’ve asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with their Sweet Summer Indulgences for the season. This week we invited Emilie Rubinfeld, Chief Marketing Officer at Carolina Herrera.

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By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

In this week’s edition of Summer Recipes, we are cool as cucumbers with, well. . . cucumber salads of course!

‘That Sugar Film’: The Truth About Weight Control? 132244825_dbf0e21d9f_z

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The causes of weight gain and the extremely stubborn problem of weight control are much more complicated than originally believed. It turns out that refined carbohydrates, especially sugars, and especially high fructose corn syrup, may be the most “fattening” food you can possibly eat. But if a calorie is a calorie, how can one food be more fattening than another? Isn’t it just a matter or portion regulation?

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Melissa McCarthy’s new fashion line says no to ‘plus-size’ labels, Sarah Manguso of Harper’s magazine curates a list of writers’ advice on how to be a parent, a beautifully imagined conversation between artist Frida Kahlo and poet Sylvia Plath, speaking of Frida Kahlo, we are reminded of Eleanor Foa Dienstag’s review of “Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life” on view at The New York Botanical Garden through November, and an essay by Sarah M. Broom unravels the ripples of Hurricane Katrina.

The New Musical ‘Waitress’— A Bittersweet Slice of Heaven 0830_150801_ARTWaitressDress-crop copy

By Alexandra MacAaron

“Waitress” was (and is) a wonderful little movie. “Little” in the sense of quiet and intimate, no huge stars, no special effects. It is bittersweet (especially when you think about Shelly’s untimely death), yet it remains a celebration of motherhood and sisterhood, of staying true to yourself or finding yourself again if you’ve lost your way.

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By Diane Dettmann

Kate Sullivan has learned a lot about herself as a woman and as an artist. She’s dedicated to preserving the fiber art processes of spinning, weaving and rug making that have been a tradition in the small town of Afton for generations.

More Than Willpower: Research Into Understanding Obesity 81255795_7828fb9729_z

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

Three recent articles in scientific journals explore some of the underlying factors that contribute to obesity. The articles show that we must move beyond the strongly held societal beliefs that obesity is merely an issue of willpower and look for the deeper roots of the condition — in our genetics, how we are raised, and even the size of our plates.

Poetry Sunday: “Necessities,” by Rusty Morrison Rusty Morrison_6-18-15

This poem is about finding—in the middle of a hectic day in a hectic life—a moment of deep stillness. And about how such moments nourish and allow us to experience silence and to rediscover a place from which creativity can emerge.