SECOND ACT: Examining a Life—Reflections from Alice Walker’s Biographer
Aretha Franklin has long bedazzled me. But after my journey [writing a biography of Alice Walker], I know that I’m ill suited to craft a biography of the Queen of Soul. Why? In my studied opinion, Franklin (her soul-baring vocals notwithstanding) is not predisposed to meaningful self-disclosure. And that’s her prerogative.
Books: Cartoonist Liza Donnelly’s ‘Women on Men’
The cover art sets the tone. Just two faces, one male and one female. The woman, who is (naturally) on top, looks down at her partner, happy and confident, as he, underneath, gazes up at her, intrigued.
Dr. Pat Consults: Can Genetic Tests Predict Heart Disease?
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC
We hope that genetic testing will become a practical tool in the next five to ten years and may, at some point, replace, or at least add to, the assessments we use today.
Poetry Sunday: Surviving the Seas
Irene Latham does two quite amazing things in this eloquent short poem. While inscribing the message of how marriage is a craft in which many weather the rough waters and terrors of life, she creates a strong vessel to carry the words.
Distance—a Mother and Child Reunion
By Susan B. Johnson
“Here you are at last,” says your mother, reaching up to embrace you. Her brittle body trembles like that of a twisted, fragile bird. Dismayed, you wonder if this is how you will be in twenty-five years.
Traveling in Style
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
I lament, as do so many of you, that airline travel today is often worse than taking the Greyhound bus. But I believe that we can each do our part to raise the fashion bar for air travel, starting with new luggage.
What Do You Say After You Say Hello?
How do you like “Where do you go to church?” as a conversation-starter? Or “What high school did you go to?” Or, as in China, “What is your weight?” Or even “What are you?”
OUT OF THE VORTEX, INTO THE SUN
By Karen Weiner Escalera
Eight sunny, luxe resorts close enough to let Northeasterners flee the Polar Vortex for a long-weekend getaway.
Curtain Bluff—Another Oasis for Northerners
By Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
Curtain Bluff in Antigua is an all-inclusive place where the owners and management also dine every night. My husband and I have visited often enough over the decades to have earned an engraved plate!
‘Doubt’ and the Difficulty of Confirming Childhood Sexual Abuse
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
One of the reasons sexual abuse is so infrequently prosecuted is that as adults we often fight the idea that “nice” people—educators and others who care for our children—may be guilty of such violations. We literally can’t stomach it or imagine the possibility—and so we don’t.
SECOND ACT: Obamacare Frustrations, and How to Solve Them
By Maura Carley
The Initial Enrollment Period will end on March 31, 2014. It’s always possible that the deadline will be extended, but if you don’t have coverage by then, you will most likely owe a penalty.
Wednesday 5: Women in Media, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
This week we focus on the woman and the image. There’s a growing movement among photographers to counter the culture of perfection in the portrayal of women’s bodies; Getty Images has launched a new initiative devoted to the powerful depiction of women; the good, the bad, and the ugly in the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty; The Representation Project puts together a year in review of women in the media; and where are the women in late-night television?
Books: The World According to Nora Ephron
By Roz Warren
Even if you‘re a long-time fan like me, there will be work in this new book that you’ve missed. I own all of Ephron’s books, but had never read her blog. I’d also missed a lot of her early reporting about politics and journalism for venues like “The New York Post” and “Esquire.”
Today’s Talk Topic: The Voice of Authority
By Deborah Harkins
When I was growing up, the preacher, the principal, the politician, the police officer, the radio announcer, the TV anchor—some might be mere tenors, rather than basses, but none was ever a soprano.
A Heartfelt Thank-You
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
By participating in our Romantic Movie Survey, you opened your hearts in spades. BabyHeart will be receiving a check for $10,415 this week. Many, many babies will be spared the tragedies that accompany heart defects as a result.