OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Coastal California, It’s Almost Always Spring Watsonia

By Susanna Gaertner

Each year in early March the UCSC Arboretium gets hundreds of visitors eager to admire and photograph the mighty hummingbirds as they feed on red (their favorite color) grevillea and perform their 70-mph dives for mating displays.

OUR SPRING INVITATION: Ah . . . April in Paris . . . 13590873844_03852bbcb1_z

By Tish Jett

When I was in Paris earlier this week, I saw the most exuberant signal that spring has finally arrived: the chestnut trees in full bloom. I was conscious, once again, of that crystalline light that I associate with the city in printemps, particularly after the long, gray winter.

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By Molly Fisk

Oh, the pleasure, the satisfaction! A desk with no coffee rings, no inky thumbprints, no dead mosquito hawks! A desk with all those snaky electronic cords elegantly corralled by plastic cable-ties! Who knew that a fabulous 50-cent bright green cable-tie from Korea could work better than any antidepressant?

Fitness Saturday: Wide Second Exercise with Pulses and Reaches Plie Squat_0

This exercise is fantastic for strengthening the thigh and glute muscles while engaging your core and focusing on your posture.

Fashion Friday: Must-Have Fashion Apps screen322x572

From apps that show you what’s trending daily to those that help you transform a runway ensemble into your own to apps that help you to be a smarter and savvier shopper to those that will get your closet organized (fingers crossed) and to those that will keep you updated on the latest fashion language, we’ve got you covered.

Book Review: ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed,’ by Jon Ronson caption

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Jon Ronson’s new book discusses the extremely dire consequences that have befallen adults who posted imprudent comments on the Internet. How to mitigate the shame?

Rebecca Foust, Featured Poet of the Day Rebecca Foust (Photo: Jeremy Thornton)

Our new Poetry Editor is featured in “Poetry Daily,” a treasure-trove of contemporary poetry on the Web.

The Wednesday 5: Groundbreaking Women woodhull_wiki

“On Being,” with Krista Tippett; Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president; 84-Year-Old Sylvia Weiner, first woman to run the Boston Marathon; another 84-year-old groundbreaker, Toni Morrison, publishes her 11th novel, “God Help the Child,” and Tina Packer’s new book traces how Shakespeare’s women evolved from simple caricatures to complicated and complex characters.

New Show ‘Younger’ Turns Back Time: Is 40 the New 26? Watch_Younger_Cast_5

By Alexandra MacAaron

What’s an accomplished, job-hunting midlife woman to do? That’s easy. You rewrite your résumé, update your wardrobe, highlight your hair, and pretend to be 26. It just might work. As long as you look like Sutton Foster.

Writing for Fun: Enjoyable Workshops for the Fledgling Poet 5906333875_04f299bb20_z

By Susan Soriano

“Here’s what you should find in a poetry class beyond the welcome mat: good assignments, good manners, and good listeners. You’ll follow the rules while doing the work: you’ll take your turn; you’ll listen with intent; you’ll criticize constructively.

Physical Therapy for Treating Scoliosis: Part 3 of Our Series on “Curvature of the Spine” SC

By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

“Schroth Method exercises are determined by the curve patterns and severity of the scoliosis, as well as the patient’s age and level of function and fitness. Schroth Method PT remains a very good option for maintaining and even improving function of those with scoliosis throughout the years.”

Poetry Sunday: Freedom and Limits in Molly Peacock’s “Hayfield Poetica” Unknown

With its wonderful music and vivid imagery in a story complete with characters, dialogue, and drama, “Hayfield Poetica” powerfully combines lyric with narrative.

OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Massachusetts, Awaiting the Peepers daffssun

By Judith A. Ross

The earliest signs of spring have gained a more personal meaning over the 20-odd years I’ve lived in my house just west of Boston. Their yearly return has become a reminder of my own resilience.

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By Molly Fisk

Something about heat-soaked eucalyptus bark overlaid with a slight salty note from fog coming in off the Pacific is absolutely unmistakable. Marcel Proust had his famous madeleines. For me, taste is evocative, but scent is the sense most closely tied to my memory.

Fitness Saturday: The Side-Lying External Rotation Exercise

Brooke Marrone

The Side-Lying External Rotation Exercise is another post in our series of Fitness Saturday exercises and workouts appropriate to women in the second half of life.