Judith A. Ross When she’s not in her garden or tramping around the many wooded areas near her home in Concord, Mass., Judith A. Ross is a freelance writer who has written numerous articles, profiles, and reports for academic, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. She blogs for Moms Clean Air Force and is a regular contributor to Talking Writing, an online literary magazine. Her byline has appeared in Harvard Business Review and several publications published by Harvard Business School. She blogs at Shifting Gears.
Lifestyle

Rightsizing: A Late-Life Migration

By Judith A. Ross
We didn’t have to move, but we both wanted more stimulation and new vistas to explore. First, however, there’s gratitude. Not everyone in his or her sixties has the health, energy, and wherewithal to move across the country.
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Lifestyle

Love at Last

By Judith A. Ross
By Judith A. Ross

“You were, to my then young but critical eyes, a bit homely— nothing at all like the ideal I had carried around in my head for so long.”

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Fashion & Beauty

Spring into Summer

By Judith A. Ross
By Judith A. Ross

On the verge of summer in Massachusetts: my “Little Miss Kim” lilac arrives in a burst of grapey color and then immediately fades to white, leaving behind a trail of sweet perfume that fills the yard for days. . .

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Travel

Beyond the Hijab: Woman to Woman in Morocco

By Judith A. Ross
By Judith A. Ross

Surprisingly, this feeling of sisterhood wasn’t just limited to my encounters with adult women. The hugs and kisses I received from the 12-year-old daughter of my son's host family made me feel like a revered and much-loved aunt. And then there was our 10-mile trek to Todra Gorge . . .

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Books · Divorce & Widowhood · Emotional Health · Family & Friends · Health · Marriage & Life Partners

Our Sisters, Ourselves: “The Power of Positive Female Connection”

By Judith A. Ross
"Nothing but the Truth" brings together a diverse array of female voices. Consider medical anthropologist Diane Tober, who shares her experiences while conducting fieldwork at a health clinic in Iran. Tober’s assumptions about Muslim women in Iran wearing the hejâb matched my own: that it was oppressive and just one more way for men to dominate women. But, according to Tober’s friend Nargess, that just isn’t so . . .
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Family & Friends

Thanksgiving: This Year Will Be Different

By Judith A. Ross
Then five-turkey family roosting outside our basement window reminds me that this year, Thanksgiving will be markedly different for Paul and me. Like other years, we will be sharing the meal with friends, but for the first time ever, neither of our sons will be at our table.
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Books

When the Good Girls Revolted

By Judith A. Ross
The landmark 1970s lawsuit not only changed the system at "Newsweek," it opened the door for similar actions at other publications. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the fiery civil rights attorney, later noted that “because the women were so extraordinary, because the case was so clearly one of blatant, unmitigated discrimination, it made people understand discrimination against women in an important way.”
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