The Wednesday 5: Radical Women

In this week’s Wednesday 5 we share with you five documentaries featuring the lives and stories of radical women, including Nina Simone, Marina Abramovic, and Elaine Stritch.

Betty Buckley’s New “Ghostlight” Is a Hauntingly Beautiful Homecoming Click here to purchase on Proceeds from your purchase help fund Women’s Voices‘ nonprofit mission.

By Alexandra MacAaron

“Ghostlight” is a disarmingly intimate collection of songs, spanning several decades and a breadth of genres—a carefully curated mix ranging from Irving Berlin to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jacques Brel to Tom Waits. It was designed to transport you to “a mysterious, smoky place.”

Dr. Pat Consults: The Flu Shot—Questions from a Skeptic 4092914530_97262bd71b

By Dr. Jason Kendler

“Jennie, this is definitely not the year you should avoid the flu vaccine, and I will tell you why. But before I do, I want to remind you of the terrible symptoms that patients with the flu can experience. . .”

Poetry Sunday: Pearl Harbor Day eleanor-roosavelt

Visitors to Pearl Harbor today are stirred by the USS Arizona Memorial, the hull of the sunken ship from which our nation’s flag flies. On the path to the memorial, one can see the poem that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt carried with her during those long years of horror and suffering.

Parenting Is a Joke Click here to purchase on Proceeds from your purchase help fund Women’s Voices‘ nonprofit mission.

By Roz Warren

Thanks to Twitter, when an amateur comic who is also a parent cracks a good joke, the world listens! And if you need a good laugh, you should, too. Check out this sampling of the best wit, wisdom, and wisecracks from “The Big Book of Parenting Tweets.”

Holiday Shopping: Creative and Thoughtful Gifts Under $25. img3o

For those who want to steer clear of the culture of excess during the holidays, our Women’s Voices family has curated a collection of gifts under $25 that are simple, thoughtful, creative, and affordable.

Dr. Ford on Health: Alcoholism and the Older Woman 302419985_db6a396a7c_z

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

A friend of mine did not realize that her mother was abusing alcohol until her caretaker quit abruptly one day with a torrent of complaints in Russian. The only word my friend recognized (repeated with particular alarm) was “Smirnoff!!!”

The Wednesday 5: Women Who Choose Paths Less Taken Elizabeth-Holmes1

The five we celebrate include multi-billionaire Elizabeth Holmes, who kept quiet about her company for a decade and then landed on the cover of “Fortune”; Toni Morrison, who, at 83, is poised to release her eleventh novel; and Kristin Costello, who turned a debilitating illness into an opportunity to share her story on the radio.

From Parodies to Paper Dolls, COUNTDOWN TO DOWNTON DOWNTONABBEY_SEASON5_TT_hires-scale-690x390

By Alexandra MacAaron

Honing our anticipation of the return of “Downton Abbey” through books, blogs, previews, parodies— even a witty assortment of “Downton” paper dolls. (Thomas and O’Brien come with “evil accessories.”)

Dr. Pat Consults: Physical Problems Can Masquerade as Mental Illness 2800930151_07913d6080_z

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

A surprising number of illnesses can cause changes in mood and behavior. Whenever a mood change is accompanied by physical symptoms, the patient’s physician should conduct a thorough workup before making a referral to a psychiatrist.

Poetry Sunday: In Africa with Alice Pettway Once Again Alice_Pettway_Author_Photo

A true poet can paint atmosphere with words. What’s more, the poet/artist can be both observer and participant. Here is what that looks like when it is done superbly.

Molly Fisk: Meditation After “Black Friday” 4200874867_b9e146a745_b

By Molly Fisk

On singing traditional carols at Christmastime: Even if we are not, all of us, faithful, we can still be joyful and triumphant.

Holiday Shopping: Gifts That Give Back to Women and Girls Women for Women International

Use your shopping dollars and holiday list to give gifts that help women locally and globally in meaningful and life-changing ways. We’ve curated a selection of gift-giving opportunities that run the gamut—supporting women survivors of war, maternal health programs around the world, women entrepreneurs, and girls’ education.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: A Holiday Mosaic 5209107871_dcd07c7dbe_o

The scents, the songs, the family traditions, the quirky (but lovable) guests—these are life-enriching deposits in our memory banks. We asked “Women’s Voices” writers to look back over the years and share with us the Thanksgiving reflections that make them smile.

The Wednesday 5: A Manual for Non-Traditional Thanksgivings

In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share with you some of the best Thanksgiving stories and survival tips offered by members of our own Women’s Voices family. We didn’t have to look far for advice from women in many different stages of life who’ve chosen to spend their Thanksgivings in non-traditional ways.