Molly Fisk: Ready for Anything?
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
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.
Dr. Ford: The Family Vacation
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
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
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
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
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
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.
A Stove Named Gertie
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
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
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
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
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
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.