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By Roz Warren

Titling has been never my strong suit. Writing a publishable essay? I can do that! But coming up with an amazing title for that essay? Not so much. Thank God for editors! And Facebook!

Fashion Friday: The Summer Tote il_570xN.744324709_isxs

Why do we adore these oversized yet surprisingly lightweight, roomy yet classy, durable yet chic, numbers so much? Mostly because they can hold all the warm-weather essentials we need.

Summer Recipes: Sunshine Summer Salad salad

By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

In our Summer Recipe series this week, we show you how to put the sunshine in a hearty summer salad—another no-cooking recipe.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

What is therapy and what makes the process of psychotherapy work? Why does it heal, and how is it different from talking to a friend?

The Wednesday Five: Pioneering Women dm_141215_espnw_impact_25

Becky Hammon is the first woman to lead an NBA team, author Toni Morrison on her childhood friend who served as the inspiration for her book ‘The Bluest Eye,’ poet Ladan Osman on the ‘good literary citizen,’ Neil deGrasse Tyson on teaching our children enough science, and a tribute to Margaret Hamilton whose software guided Apollo 11 to the moon.

Bravo’s ‘Odd Mom Out': Poking Fun at the Parenting of the Rich and Famous oddmomout

By Alexandra MacAaron

With so many seasons of well-to-do women behaving badly (in New York and elsewhere), Bravo seems the right place for a show that promises to poke fun at the picture-perfect parenting of New York City’s Upper East Side mothers.

The Tao of Friendship Patty and Suz

By Suzanne Russell

An important part of our relationship has always been sharing ideas about art. As an artist and friend, Patty Hudak understood when I suddenly stopped making physical artwork in order to focus on giving free legal and social support to refugees in Denmark. She was one of the few people who understood that creating solutions to problems in individuals’ lives was similar to creating paintings or other art objects.

Dr. Pat Consults: 5 Ways to Improve Your Emotional Health That Don’t Come From a Bottle 12344288173_3d36135f04_z

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

Some of the simplest things—gardening, spending time with a pet, exercising, dancing—can boost our mental health. And, none of them require a doctor’s prescription.

Poetry Sunday: “Please Do Not Persist,” by Martha Rhodes Rhodes_5-15-15

It is obvious almost immediately that the speaker (whose diction has a delightfully Shakespearian bent) “doth protest too much” and clearly does not mean what she is saying; the scope of her renouncements, from visiting beloved places to going out for shampoo, is comically hyperbolic.

Molly Fisk: Star-Gazing 3815204950_934f7f7b74_z

By Molly Fisk

I’m someone who likes to see things proven, and watching the North Star hang in the sky just to the left of a pine tree has done a lot for my understanding of history.

Are You (and Your Shoes) Ready to Rock? A Primer on How to Prepare for Fitness Walking Skechers Performance Go Walk 2

By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Fitness walking is not running, nor is it hiking. Fitness walking is also not strolling around, an activity for which casual shoes or sandals work fine. Shoes that are ideal for fitness walking are designed specifically for that activity and there are a number of brands and styles to choose from.

Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY Speech Provides a Lesson in Acceptance Bruce-Jenner-Call-Me-Caitlyn-0604

By Pat Kinney

The acceptance speech by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender woman who most of us first came to know as Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner, will be remembered for what she taught us about being different.

Artist and Designer Susan Ritter Finds Beauty in the Natural World Untitled

Susan Ritter’s artistry is evident. She has taken three dissimilar stones and framed them aesthetically to enhance each as well as the combination. What an eye.

Summer Recipes: Crunchy Quinoa Tabouli quinoa

By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

Tabouli is traditionally made with bulghur, which is a form of wheat that has been toasted. However, almost any grain can be made tabouli-like. Quinoa lends itself nicely to the task because it is actually a seed that roasts well.

‘Dietland': A Call to Arms Against Body Shaming Jacket+image+-DIETLAND

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Women today are realizing they need to fight back against . . . this idea that only one type of body is acceptable and worse, only an ideal decided on by someone else’s standards can be attractive.