Poetry Sunday: “Penelope’s Song,” by Jeanne Wagner
What is being described is the state of invisibility familiar to any woman who has reached middle age, and this makes me wonder if Penelope’s “sin” might be her own thwarted lust for the suitors who spurn her, a complete inversion of the vectors of desire in ‘The Odyssey.’
Ten Ways to Mind Stress During the Holidays
This is another post in our series of Fitness Saturday exercises, workouts, and expert tips appropriate to women in the second half of life. Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares helpful ways to keep the stress levels down during the holiday season
Molly Fisk: You Say Tom-AY-to
I don’t know about you, but everyone in my town right now is harvesting things and canning them, or freezing or drying or pressing, etc.
Favorite Fall Indulgences: Brenda Coffee, Founder/CEO of 1010ParkPlace
Brenda Coffee is the founder of 1010ParkPlace.com, a site dedicated to “the best-educated, most powerful demographic in history: women over 45!” She shares with us all the decadent ways she indulges in the fall season.
Being Informed About Terrorism
We at Women’s Voices for Change wanted to provide a perspective, indeed several perspectives, on current events for those interested in learning more about the recent horrific events in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere. We’ve curated a list of articles by trusted journalists that may help our readers understand perplexing and complicated geopolitical events.
Dr. Ford Reports: ‘The Hunting Ground’ — Rape on College Campuses
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Sunday night CNN will broadcast the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” (8 p.m. EST), which focuses on the subject of rape on college campuses. The film makes the point that most of these incidents go unreported, and those that are reported get little or no justice.
The Land of Oz . . . One Month In
By Eleanore Wells
Sydney is just beautiful. I walk around this city in awe that this is now my life. I’m just bopping along and then I look up and am gobsmacked by yet another beautiful scene.
The Wednesday Five: On Gratitude
Gratitude—the quality of being thankful, a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and to return it—is a practice. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude has been linked “to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, and higher long-term satisfaction with life.” In this week’s Wednesday Five, we share with you innovative ways—from an app to a guided meditation experience to a book on the cultural history of the phrase “thank you”—to bring the practice of gratitude into your everyday.
After the Attacks on Paris: Remembering the Importance of Compassion
The times we are living in are complex. And we do not have the answer as to what policies or strategies will thwart terrorism. Yes, we need to be smart and vigilant. But we also need to make sure that we don’t harden ourselves to the point that we lose compassion.
Movie Review: ‘Miss You Already’ Misses the Mark
By Alexandra MacAaron
‘Miss You Already’ tackles two topics that are important to women. If you see the movie, its unflinching portrait of breast cancer will stay with you. Sadly, the friendship between Jess and Milly probably won’t.
Dr. Pat Consults: Treatment Options for Anxiety
This week, Dr. Patricia Allen has asked Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D.— a psychiatry resident at the University of Washington and a graduate of the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program—to address a woman riddled with anxiety, which she likens to a gnawing feeling of dread.
Another Wounded City: Paris Attacks Forge Bond of Pain
By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
After 9/11, the whole world seemed to be grieving with us, just as now we stand with France.
Poetry Sunday: ‘Privilege,’ by Barbara Berman
The speaker implicates herself—and us—when she voices the recognition that going barefoot is a privilege.
Molly Fisk: Home-Made Cookbook
By Molly Fisk
My brothers and sister got the original, but that was 40 years ago. Even if they don’t make the insanely fattening dishes very often, an occasional sensory reminder of our childhood might be comforting. So I’m going to produce a new edition for Xmas this year, adding in some of my current favorites, like Cioppino and Caviar Pie.
Fitness Saturday: Healthy Shoulders — Relaxed, Stable, and Strong
By Jonathan Urla, MFA
Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares exercises to maintain strong and healthy shoulders.