Elizabeth Willse Former contributing editor to WVFC Elizabeth Willse is a freelance writer and book reviewer based in New York. Her writing has appeared in the Newark Star-Ledger, Newsday, Women's Health Magazine, and The Moment I Knew, an anthology recently published by Sugati Press. She is also begun her masters' degree studies in Library and Information Science.
Poetry

Poetry Friday: Just Before Bed

By Elizabeth Willse
We’ve long been promising you an interview with perhaps our most faithful Voice in Verse — whose poem below is among the seasonal series with which she’s gifted us. The interview appears just after this week’s Poetry Friday poem, “Just Before Bed.” JUST BEFORE BED Late one night walking across my lawn, I pitched a large pinecone back at the…
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Books

Book Review: The Private Patient, by P.D. James

By Elizabeth Willse
In The Private Patient (Knopf  2008,  $25.95) P.D. James, who began her celebrated and prolific mystery writing career in her forties, has delivered an excellent Gothic tangle of a mystery. Her protagonist, investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn, has  lived throughout her life and career with a brutally disfiguring facial scar. Shortly after her 47th birthday, she checks into an exclusive private…
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Books

Book Review: When I Married My Mother

By Elizabeth Willse
The title of Jo Maeder’s honest and sweetly funny memoir refers to the three years she spent caring for her aging mother in Greensboro, N.C.  In her late 30s, Maeder gave up a successful career as a New York City pop radio DJ in order to care for her mother, Mama Jo.  Mama Jo had lived alone for decades, her…
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Film & Television

Susan Boyle: Now this is what we call a woman’s voice for change!

By Elizabeth Willse
Susan Boyle, 47, of West Lothian, Scotland, became a surprise favorite on the UK television show “Britain’s Got Talent.” Her gorgeous rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream,” from the musical Les Miserables stunned the normally caustic Simon Cowell into openmouthed awe, and brought an applauding studio audience to its feet. Susan Boyle has been singing since she was 12, she…
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Books

Illumination Authors: When Friendship Makes a Book of Names

By Elizabeth Willse
Before she and Jill Gregory wrote their first book, The Book of Names, Karen Tintori was just beginning to write fiction after a career in public relations. Then she met Gregory, whose novels have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List and been awarded the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence and Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice awards…
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Fashion & Beauty

Book Review: The Woman’s Guide to Exceptional Living

By Elizabeth Willse
Everything about Corrie Woods’  The Woman’s Field Guide to Exceptional Living: Practical Steps for Living a Big, Bold, Beautiful Life! invite you to slip it in a pocket and carry it around for a while: the title, the volume’s slim size, and its message of courageously embracing your truest, most creative self. Woods urges her readers to nurture their spirits…
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News

With 1,000 Victories, Pat Summitt Powers Us All

By Elizabeth Willse
(We know National Women’s Sports Day was two days ago. But tonight, when University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols secured for their coach her 1,000th win, we knew we just had to keep the celebration going. – Ed.) by Elizabeth Willse, Contributing Editor When I watch women’s college basketball, I cheer the loudest for a team from a…
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Books · Fitness

Book Briefs: Billie Jean King and a Midwife’s Memoir

By Elizabeth Willse
By Elizabeth Willse, Contributing Editor Billie Jean King: Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I’ve Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes On Sept. 20, 1973, Billie Jean King competed against Bobby Riggs in a hard-fought Battle of the Sexes. Her victory not only made tennis history, but marked the beginning of a new era for women in sports…
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Fitness · Health

Getting Yourself to the Gym- when everybody else is!

By Elizabeth Willse
“6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!” Maybe watching the countdown, you were thinking of a countdown of your own.  Making 2009 the year you drop a size, drop some weight, feel strong and healthier.  Maybe you’re thinking about joining a gym. You’re not alone.  And, when you get to the gym, you’re really not alone.  Everyone’s on the elliptical.  You’re…
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News

June Cross Tells NOLA’s Story; Chris Quinn Has Competition; Easier Bra for Aging Fingers; Washington Elena Kagan’s New Law School

By Elizabeth Willse
‘New Orleans Is Not A City That People Leave.’ Tonight, on PBS on January 6th, we can learn what June Cross, filmmaker and Columbia University journalism professor, has been doing in New Orleans all this time:  tracing “The Old Man and the Storm.” Cross spent almost two years documenting the struggles of the Gettridge family as they worked  to rebuild…
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Arts & Culture

Jessica Lange on the Other Side of the Camera

By Elizabeth Willse
By Elizabeth Willse Two years ago, Jessica Lange collected portrait photographs she had taken of her children, to be assembled into a book as a gift for her family.   The book's designer, Sam Shahid, asked to see more of her photographs. Looking through her black and white landscapes and photographs from her travels, Shahid told Lange: "You have a book…
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Film & Television · News · Theater

Voices for Change and Protest Edition: Amanpour on Genocide; Yoko On John Lennon’s Memory; Northrop on 30 Years of ACTing UP; Jan Simpson on Liza Minnelli and Ourselves

By Elizabeth Willse
Scream Against Bloody Murder: Today marks the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on Genocide.   For most of the last year, Christine Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent has been conducting interviews for her documentary “Scream Bloody Murder,” which premiered December 4, on CNN.  In the Washington Post’s Guest Voices on Faith, Amanpour writes that when she returned from…
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News

Author Robin Gaby Fisher Talks to WVFC About Achieving Her Lifelong Dream With a Searing Story

By Elizabeth Willse
It’s been eight years since a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University in New Jersey left three students dead and others critically injured; seven since Robin Gaby Fisher ‘s seven-part series for the Newark Star Ledger, “After the Fire,” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; and three since Fisher was a featured speaker at the annual conference of the Nieman…
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Books · General Medical · Health

Insomnia: A Book by Gayle Greene

By Elizabeth Willse
  Veteran author Gayle Greene, author of The Woman Who Knew Too Much and Changing the Story, is also a member of  he American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a professional medical society for researchers and clinicians, and a board member and the patient representative of the American Insomnia Association. Her new book, Insomniac, goes far beyond what those facts might…
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Books

Book Review: The Writing Class Will Please Adrenaline Junkies

By Elizabeth Willse
By Elizabeth Willse/Bio The Writing ClassBy Jincy WillettThomas Dunne BooksJune 2008 326 pp Setting a whodunit in the middle of an adult education writing class makes for an blend of suspense and quirky comedy. Jincy Willett's "The Writing Class" features a misanthropic instructor — Amy Gallup, a middle-aged novelist who spends the first class writing notes in the margins of…
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