Quote of the Day
: “We’ve all got a few more wrinkles, but who cares? If you always try to be kind, you’ll look like the most beautiful person on Earth – and men will just fall at your feet.” That’s from Joanna Lumley, 61, lauded in New York magazine for not succumbing to over-the-top plastic surgery.

Ironically Lumley’s character on “Absolutely Fabulous,” Patsy Stone, was a big fan of plastic surgery.

Mothers and Daughters: Linda Lowen, who writes the women’s issues blog at About.com, tracks the so-called generational debate between mothers and daughters over support for Hillary Clinton, which was kicked off by Linda Hirschman’s commentary at Slate.com.

Revisiting Patti Smith: “What happens when rockers grow old? The short answer is, they become ridiculous. Or that is how they are usually cast — trapped in reruns of VH1’s ‘Behind the Music,’ or endless reunion tours, all the sex and rebellion and talent spent, like royalty checks, ages ago,” writes William Booth in the Washington Post. He continues:

But what if the rocker were Patti Smith, the godmother of punk, once all spatter and spit, and the documentary were a different project: not a nostalgia act, but an exploration of real things, like art and family and loss — and not the romantic death found in a rock-and-roll lyric, but the literal kind, the kind that took Smith’s husband away.

Then you might have something like Steven Sebring’s “Patti Smith: Dream of Life,” a collaboration between an exceptionally tenacious fashion photographer and his subject, who is now 61 years old and trying to sort it all out.

Here’s the film’s website, which includes a trailer.

For Women, The Wine Glass is Half Full: The Washington Post’s Sally Squires talks with experts about the studies on alcohol and breast cancer, and the potential role of folate in cutting the risk:

More alcohol equals more risk. How much more? “Some studies suggest that two or more drinks per day are associated with about a 30 to 40 percent increase in the risk of breast cancer,” says JoAnn E. Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. For women who have other risk factors — a mother or sister with breast cancer, for example — “that can be a substantial risk,” Manson notes.

Just how alcohol raises breast cancer risk is something that researchers are still trying to understand. Alcohol is known to boost estrogen and other hormones, which are linked to breast cancer. In animals, alcohol has also produced some abnormalities of the mammary gland.

Mixing alcohol with hormone replacement therapy can be particularly risky, since alcohol and estrogen seem to augment each other. “That combination is something to avoid,” Manson says.

Cook? Not Tonight: The Norwich Evening News (UK) reports on a university study that looks at the “impact of reduced contact with food on the social engagement and well-being of older women.”

The study, named the CAFÉ Project, was set up to explore how women feel when they mature and do not have the same responsibilities for their family as perhaps they once had.

Forty women were interviewed over the course of six months. With an average age of 82, they study found that the majority of women actually chose to stop cooking as they got older. Dr Lee Hooper, a lecturer at the school of medicine, said they discovered some surprises through the project.

She said: “We thought women would stop cooking when they were forced to stop but what we found was that one a large number had stopped because they had chosen to.

“There were some regrets from some of the participants who had been forced to stop through their disabilities.”

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