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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Health

Summer Sun and Skin Health

By Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.
Now that we finally had some summer weather this weekend, it is time to think seriously about sun protection and other ways to maintain healthy and glowing complexions. We know that over 70 percent of UV radiation exposure occurs in the summer months so sun protection is essential.
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Health

Women and the Opiod Epidemic: A National Emergency

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.
Women have been particularly hard hit by the opioid epidemic. Across America, they are dying more often, and at younger ages, than ever before. This is especially true for white women—death rates for blacks and Hispanics are continuing to fall. There has been a 400 per cent increase in overdose deaths among middle-aged white females from 1994 to 2014.
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Poetry

Poetry Sunday: “Let Them Not Say,” by Jane Hirshfield

By Rebecca Foust
Whether or not we share the chagrin and distress felt by the speaker in “Let Them Not Say,” we are all undeniably part of a generation that will be judged by future generations. We all have skin in this game. That is a powerful message, regardless of which side of the current political controversy you now occupy.
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