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General Medical

Staying Motivated to Stay Healthy

By Women's Voices For Change
As the icy wind howls (for many of us) and we all get back into our weekly routines, it can be hard to believe the resolutions we made in the glitter and shine of New Year’s Eve: making time for the gym, packing a healthy lunch, remembering to breathe. To help you stay motivated for healthy changes, here’s some WVFC…
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Lifestyle

The Compass Rose: View from the South Wall

By Ainslie Jones Uhl
The house sat facing the street, on a gentle grassy slope punctuated by liriope and ivy. The curving stone wall which graced the front boundary and each side of the driving entrance had been built over several months by Paul, a master stonemason and artist who had grown up in the Blue Ridge Mountains; Paul knew instinctively how to take…
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Emotional Health

The Everyday Terrorists

By Sheenah Hankin
In my office I deal with terrorists every day. Their weaponry is words. They don’t torture me but daily commit cruel verbal attacks on others. “He won’t talk to me,” she complained. “I tell him what a lousy husband he is, how he expects me to do everything. Then he explodes and calls me a nagging bitch.” “So you do…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

Memories of Summer’s Beginning

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
Nothing has changed in my consultation room since I began the practice of solo obstetrics and gynecology there in July, 1983. I was in my second year of private practice, I had a 4 day old son, and I was working away. The room is my favorite color, yellow (always with some red somewhere). Right now the drapes are heavy…
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Family & Friends · Lifestyle

On Graduation Weekend, Marking the Passing of Time

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
Most people must have unconscious ways to measure the passage of time. Some calculate all that a mirror can show; others mark the change in physical stamina. Most use the obvious, like the ages of parents, children or grandchildren, while the acquisition of wealth or power are benchmarks for a few. Those who create and build can point to a…
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Poetry

Poetry Friday: Mother’s Day for Peace

By Women's Voices For Change
As we wrap-up our week-long Mother’s Day observance at WVFC, we decided that Poetry Friday belonged to the poem that started it all: the proclamation written in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe in the aftermath of the Civil War. Howe was already famous as the woman who wrote the words to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” but as the…
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News · Poetry

A Tribute to Carol Ann Duffy

By Laura Baudo Sillerman
The empire on which the sun once never set has finally become enlightened.  Britain has named  its first female poet laureate. Ever frank, ever bold, ever herself, Carol Ann Duffy was a reluctant candidate, but she ultimately took the post “purely because they’ve never had a woman” (as in no woman poet laureate in the U.K. in nearly four hundred…
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Books · Poetry · Politics

Katherine McNamara: “It’s about moving into the unoccupied spaces”

By Chris Lombardi
Katherine McNamara  started crashing people’s  expectations early –  peeling off to Paris in the middle of a Cornell history Ph.D. and learning she was a poet, striking out for Alaska just as the oil boom was ending;  founding one of the first prestigious literary magazines  published entirely on the Internet. And ever since we met last month at WVFC’s “The…
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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 · Film & Television · Money & Careers

Reinvention via Real Estate: Or, Keeping the Movies and TV Well-Clothed Despite Landlords Who Kept Saying “So Sorry”

By Uffner Helen
By Helen Uffner I thought I was settled for life (or at least until my retirement). I was well over 40. I had my 6,000+ square foot vintage costume company in the Garment District, convenient enough for actors to pop in for fittings and fashion designers to drop by for inspiration. Oblivious to the nascent real estate development craze around…
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Poetry

Poetry Friday: Emily D. Opens up National Poetry Month

By Women's Voices For Change
April is National Poetry Month and as such, National Controversy Month.  Why do we need to designate a month for poetry, the purists ask?  Each and every day of our year should contain poems.  Each chamber of our heart should have stanzas that beat out of memory. At the same time, pragmatists respond with another question.  Why forego the chance…
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Lifestyle

Grambo Had a Great Day

By Elizabeth Hemmerdinger
By Elizabeth Hemmerdinger I took my granddaughter, 5 weeks short of 5 years, to Central Park yesterday afternoon.  She’s the one who gave me my nickname.   “Rocks, Grambo!  Can I climb them?” I checked the soles of her shiny Mary Janes.  Yes, indeed, rubber soles.  Do you remember that the man in the shoe store used to score your new…
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Food & Drink

From Dr. Pat: Making Christmas Anew

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
Six a.m.Christmas morning: My two sons and daughter in law  were off to Long Meadow, Massachusetts, where they would spend the rest of the holiday with my daughter in law’s large and exuberant family on Christmas Eve after our holiday dinner. The husband and my two stepsons had just left in a mad rush at 5:30am on Christmas Day for…
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Politics

Closing remarks

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
McCain asks for our trust. Obama tells us his policies, his vision, including college education for everyone.  It requires all of us to come together to renew a spirit of sacrifice and service and responsiblity. As David Brooks says in summary, Obama doesn’t change, he’s like the redwood forest. 
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