Poetry

Poetry Sunday: “The Way Back,” by Francine Sterle

By Susan Cohen
Francine Sterle’s “The Way Back” enchanted me from the first time I read it. First, her lush lyricism. Then, the poem’s payoff, an ending that is emotional without being the least bit sentimental. What draws me back again and again, though, is the way she controls breath on the page.
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Gutter Girl*

By Molly Fisk
Despite not being an expert, I love bowling. When else do we get to play any more? So if someone offers you a million dollars to guess what I’m doing on a Wednesday night, now you know. After you’ve picked up the money, come join us: Bowling is good for the soul.
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Health · Menopause

Menopause and Eating Disorders

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.
Both hormonal change and the stress of transition into a new life stage may affect women in midlife negatively. Early-onset menopause and its association with depression were discussed last month. Another unexpected mental health problem affecting women in midlife is the spectrum of eating disorders.
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Nine Short Lives

By Molly Fisk
Maybe there’s a symbiotic reason we fall so hard for animals. Maybe it helps to rehearse a few entire life cycles before we’re faced with the end of our own. I don’t know. Today, I just want everything to stay the same forever, and all of it to be kind, and sweet, and easy.
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Food & Drink

RO’s Recipes: Picnics on the Fourth of July, Part 1

By Ro Howe
The French term 'pique-nique' originally described an occasion where each participant contributed a share of the food and wine. But picnic, as we use it today, really came into its own in post–revolutionary France, when newly enfranchised citizens used the recently liberated royal grounds for their own entertainment.
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Poetry

Poetry Sunday: “En Route to Bolinas, A Rose,” by Brenda Hillman

By Rebecca Foust
“En Route to Bolinas, A Rose” takes us on a journey that is spiritual as well as physical that leads us to the edge of a precipice, offering a glimpse into the darkness and mystery of the terrible eternal. That it does this by mimicking the action of human thought in a poem that feels light, vivid, and as fresh as a watercolor still on the easel to dry, is its genius.
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Rag Dolls

By Molly Fisk
I miss that glorious sense of wealth when I’d look at the seven dolls or 35 sweaters covering my kitchen table. Tangible things I made myself: clean and perfect and in multiples! There’s nothing like it.
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Poetry

Poetry Sunday: “Nothing Gold,” by Ethna McKiernan

By Rebecca Foust
Today’s poem is a sad one, but in it the speaker’s great love for her father shines through, and that makes it beautiful. In telling her story, the speaker shows how well she has been taught by her father, and his great love for literature lives on in her person and writing, a living legacy and a wonderful poem for Father’s Day.
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Naked Lady Pearsauce

By Molly Fisk
Until I moved to this house, I didn't know what to do with a plethora of pears, but last fall some friends and I decided if you could make applesauce then you could certainly make pearsauce, and we spent a weekend in a steaming kitchen proving this.
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