Ask Dr. Pat

Menopause and Delicate Skin:
Seasonal Change and Complexion Care

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
Dear Dr. Pat: I need fall protection for my complexion before winter damage sets in again. I am two years into menopause and my complexion is getting drier, redder and more irritated every year, with the most unpleasant change occurring in winter. I am of Irish-American ancestry and have always had a delicate complexion. I saw a dermatologist before I…
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Poetry

Poetry Sunday: “Kettle,” by Phillis Levin

By Rebecca Foust
“Kettle” is a brief lyric capturing a specific moment in time—that second when the water boils and is about to be poured into a teapot. The first couplet takes place in the present and comes as a vivid image, doing what poetry does best: makes us see an everyday occurrence with fresh eyes.
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: That We Are Helpless

By Molly Fisk
How do I talk about fire when it's this bad and there are so many, some with lines holding them back and some uncontained, roaring through neighborhoods and wineries, schoolyards, even Trader Joe's?
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Emotional Health

Understanding Fear of Crowds

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
“I am a married 52-year-old woman. For many years I have been afraid of crowded places such as stores, malls, and theaters. In the aftermath of 9/11, things got much worse. It seemed as if all my worst fears were coming true. What can I do?”
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Young Men

By Molly Fisk
I have some other young men in my life: a poetry student with whom I drink coffee, a godson, my ex-boyfriend's nephews. It's really fun to talk to them, they're so jazzed about life.
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Emotional Health · Family & Friends

A Grandmother’s Worries

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Fears of war have always been present. But today there are several worries that are entirely new. Though we always feared we might destroy each other, the idea that we might destroy our planet is a fairly new one. What kind of future will our young people inherit?
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Boomer Childlessness

By Molly Fisk
Now that I'm in my 60s, there's talk about what will happen to Baby Boomers with no families to take care of them at the end of life. This is a bit crazy-making, reinforcing the cultural myth that we should have had children in the first place.
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Poetry

Poetry Sunday: “The Path,” by Anna Yin

By Rebecca Foust
A poem can be powerful and remain elusive and mysterious at the same time. In fact, many would argue that less accessible poems are more powerful than transparent ones. In this case, “The Path” is a mysterious poem, but one that also tells a clear story.
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