Poetry

Poetry Friday: Christine Gelineau


Teacher, horse farmer, mentor, poet, Christine Gelineau understands dwelling on this earth.  Here we see how poetry breathes as she greets spring's first full month with a meditation on the hard and the soft of being fully alive.                    "Bliss"                                          April loves a challenge, choosing to split the slab of winter-hardened earth with the silk tongue of a…
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Books

Ten Questions for Jean Hanff Korelitz


1.  What are you working on now? I’m promoting my new novel, ADMISSION, which is set in the Princeton admissions office, and trying not to freak out as my 17 year old daughter gets ready to apply to college. 2.  What was your biggest challenge completing your current project? Doing justice to the cultural hot spots that Ivy League admissions…
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General Medical

Dr. Holly Andersen on Cholesterol


WVFC is happy to welcome Dr. Holly Andersen, a member of our Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Andersen, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical Center, has additionally served as the Chief Medical Resident for the Department of Medicine and Director of Education and Outreach for the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at The New York Presbyterian Hospital. She…
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Lifestyle

The one that got away – or did I?


by Malaika Adero The flight between New York City and Los Angeles is one I look forward to as an opportunity to get a lot done:  edit manuscripts, read, stare into space uninterrupted.  If I’m really lucky, I might also get to  watch an in-flight movie that actually matches my taste. A good thing got better recently as I found…
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Health

How I Learned to Love Getting Up in the Morning



by Eveline Erni Okay, I shouldn’t say this, but if you’re under the age of 25, you probably don’t need to read this article. Somewhere between 25 and 35 years of age, the warranty is up, and reality steps in for a quick wake-up call (no pun intended). For the rest of us,  however…. Why do we feel stiff in…
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Books

Spring Books Roundup


It’s that time of year – when bookstores, both the bricks and mortar kind and the cyber variety, suddenly burst with announcements of the hot new reads. Every season, WVFC offers up a selection of works that speak to us, for all sort of reasons. Please note in comments what you think, and perhaps suggest some we’ve missed. — Ed.…
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News

To Meryl Streep, Our Shining Star


By Cecilia Ford, Ph.D. Few would argue that Meryl Streep is the best actress of our generation. If awards are a measure of anything, she can claim  a record 15 Oscar nominations (two wins);  an astonishing record of 25 Golden Globe nominations (six awards); and has won prizes from every other imaginable group and organization relating to film, drama, theatre,…
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Poetry

Poetry Friday: Carol Muske-Dukes


Carol Muske-Dukes, Poet Laureate of California and Renaissance woman,  is a novelist, the author of seven books of poetry, and as essayist is the arrow that says “You Are Here” to women of our age.  She is also an essential book critic, a traveling educator and founding Director of the Ph.D. Program in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

Meditations on My Mother’s Bed


by Elizabeth Flock The bed is already crowded when I crawl into it.  The cats have arranged themselves neatly around my mother and they are not happy when I climb aboard and upset their cozy set-up. I fit easily into my father’s mattress indentation, he’s begun his day but the covers have kept his spot warm.  My mother is just…
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Poetry

Poetry Friday, Valentine’s Day Edition: Elizabeth Barrett Browning


While many of us would prefer to be immune from the commerce of Valentine’s Day, who among us would seek exemption from the understanding of pure love? Today, Poetry Fridays turns to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who triumphed over a suffocating childhood, campaigned long against the oppression of women and found enduring devotion in her beloved Robert. Predictably, she offers us…
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News

Why Mistresses of the Universe Can’t Wait


When we first saw Nicholas Kristof’s op-ed in the New York Times (“Mistresses of the Universe”), WVFC’s editor and publisher each thought instantly:  “Finally, someone is saying what we at WVFC have been saying all along!” We even dropped a note to Kristof right away, telling him how much we admire the work he and Sheryl Wu Dunn have been…
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Money & Careers

National Girls and Women in Sports Day: Why the WNBA Matters


By Donna Orender President, Women’s National Basketball Association Tension and passion hung in the air in the final electrifying seconds of Game 2 of the WNBA Western Conference Finals on Sept. 27. In front of a packed home crowd at the AT&T Center, the San Antonio Silver Stars’ Sophia Young hit a 14-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer to fend…
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Money & Careers

Thursday Briefs: Jill Nelson’s “Rosa Parks Moment”; Job Hunting at Midlife; Ruth Scher Plays with TED


“My Rosa Parks Moment” Jill Nelson, 56, had thought herself incapable of being swept away by fuss like inaugural balls.  She’s written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Essence, as well as two memoirs.  Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience, about her experience writing for the Washington Post, and Straight, No Chaser: How I Became A Grown-Up…
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News

Extra! All-Gillibrand Newsmix


WVFC is still buzzing about the choice of 42-year-old Kirsten Gillibrand to be the next Senator from New York. To accompany our interview of her, above, here are some links of commentary by others, as well as  the transcript of her remarks and those by New York Governor David Paterson. Time Magazine’s profile notes that “Rep. Kristen [sic] Gillibrand is…
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