Deborah Harkins Deborah Harkins, who co-edits WVFC's site, was an assigning editor at New York magazine for more than 20 years. She has also been the articles editor of The Modern Estate, a columnist for The New York Daily News, and associate editor at NYCityWoman.com.
Money & Careers

Days of Their Lives—Earth, Fire, Water: Jerolyn Morrison’s Dream Job

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

Jerolyn and her fellow researchers tease out the details of the ancient Minoans’ domestic life through piecing together shattered objects, chemical analysis, experiments (like cooking demonstrations), and informed speculation. "We put these deposits together very slowly, very meticulously, to form a story about an archaeological deposit that’s been excavated," she tells us.

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Books · Fitness

That’s Why the Lady Is an Ump

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

Perry Barber has called more baseball games during her 32-year career than any other woman umpire, and more than a lot of men, too. She means to continue umping as long as her strength and her legs hold up—and goddess help any bureaucrat who tries to keep her out of the game.

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Money & Careers

Risky Business: Reinventing Life in Middle Age—or Later

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

“Law school almost killed me. It almost kills even the 22-year-olds,” says Diane Bradshaw. A singer-dancer-actress for a quarter of a century, she finally yielded, when she was 48, to the continuing call of a college education. “Law school tore up my guts,” she says. “But I'm glad it did, because practicing law tears up your guts too, and a lawyer has to be able to withstand that.” And then there was the financial risk . . .

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Health · News

The Vulnerable Female Body: “Putting Back the Damaged Parts”

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

Dr. Lauri Romanzi operates on women in developing countries who have suffered pelvic-organ injuries—many of them through obstructed childbirth. Some of her patients "have suffered so greatly at the hands of their communities," she notes, "that even if they’re returned to fully normal function, they often don’t want to go back to their village."

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Money & Careers

Sarah Sayeed, a Woman Who’s Making a Difference

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

"So many people see religion as a source of division and violence," notes Dr. Sarah Sayeed. "Islam in particular is in the limelight right now as the most divisive or the most violent religion . . . but there’s so much beauty in it, so much inspiration for so many people around the world!"

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General Medical · Health

Hospice Care: A Primer for Patients and Their Caregivers

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

Hospice care at home is not turning the home into a hospital, but making the home environment a safe and comfortable place to die. Hospice nurse Kimberly Hone explains how a hospice team educates caregivers on how to give the patient hands-on care; manages the patient's pain; offers crisis (emergency) care; and helps shepherd caregivers through their loved one’s dying process.

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