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In this first official week of spring, our bloggers worried about the Trayvon Martin tragedy and the Supreme Court’s healthcare debates, argued over the new Mad Men premiere, and learned that WVFC’s Keri Gans is making BIG changes in what millions of Americans eat.

  • Like many of us, dancer Sondra Forsyth has mostly kept her distance from the TV show Dancing With the Stars,  even though it often features WVFC-eligible contestants such as Kirstie Alley and (this week) Martina Navratilova: “I’m far from a ballet snob and I teach some social dancing from around the world in my own arts-in-education company, but dance competitions of any sort have never appealed to me,” Forsyth writes at Third Age.  “I was having dinner at a neighborhood restaurant when I overheard two Boomer-age women [who]  obviously loved the show and they were especially taken with music legend Gladys Knight, the oldest contestant of the evening at 68.” The result was a week of TV-watching chronicled at the link, during which “I was totally charmed when Gladys Knight, a vision in red, said the Pips never let her dance but that she was getting her turn at last.” Click over for details and photos.
  • The week’s evolving news about the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin (at the hands of a self-appointed “neighborhood watcher”) was on many minds. Check out Sinead O’Connor’s  impassioned statement on Martin (PDF link here) from the website The iconic singer, after imploring for compassion from readers and urging black youth to organize, takes a moment to reassure her compatriots that America is better than this: “[It]  is extremely embarrassing and does absolutely NOT paint the true picture of of a country and a people who for the 90% majority are the  kindest, most loving, intelligent, and wonderful people you could know. Please . . . ALL Americans should deplore this crime. As should ALL people of ALL nations.” At The Root, veteran Newsweek writer Allison Samuels asks why the media spent more time in March on overseas stories (like George Clooney’s arrest in Sudan) than the crime right under Disney’s nose in Sanford, FL. Boomer journalist, late-boomer poet—women of style and substance are making themselves heard.
  • At WVFC we love our frequent columns from nutritionist Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet,  and we thought we knew her pretty well.  But did you know that she’s also in the business of transforming our bread? That’s what we learned from this Q&A with Gans at Lady and The Blog.  Some of the interview may sound familiar, as whem Gans tells blogger Tabitha, “Start your day with breakfast. Stop thinking about skipping meals. Food is a friend, an ally. Women need to be eating on a regular basis in order to be healthy. Women equate health with size, which is not always the case.” But then Tabitha goes for the gold: “Tell us about your work with Thomas’ English Muffins and Bagel Thins.”  The answer should send us all scurrying to Facebook: “I help create delicious recipes, which are on the Thomas’ English Muffins and Bagel Thins Facebook page. I love the breakfast recipes. I use Thomas’ Whole Wheat Bagel Thins. I feel that breakfast is important. It’s a perfect partnership for Thomas’ English Muffins and Bagel Thins and I. They have a product that I recommend to my patients and on Twitter. I always recommend choosing foods that are high in fiber. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be so complicated for that busy woman.” Let us know in comments if you use any of the recipes.
  • Speaking of healthy living, at this writing the U.S. Supreme Court is in the middle of an unprecedented three days of argument on the Affordable Care Act, the law sometimes known as “Obamacare.” The National Women’s Law Center has a briefer outlining what women could lose if it’s reversed. “One of the ACA’s primary goals is to improve women’s health and address the discrimination women have faced in the health insurance market—disadvantages and discrimination that often lead women to bear significant costs or go without health care altogether. The law begins to remedy the economic impact of the discrimination that women have long faced in the health insurance market,” the center asserts. For legal eagles, the center explains in depth under “Further Discussion.” For instance, there are categories such as “The ACA Ends Insurer Practices That Hurt Women” (including gender ratings and preexisting-conditions clauses); “In Enacting the ACA, Congress Acted Well Within Its Constitutional Authority”;  and ACA “follows in a tradition of civil rights and women’s rights laws squarely within Congress’s power.” Whatever your politics, the debate is a big deal. Are you personally affected by the outcome? Let us know in comments.
  • After all the anticipation, including recipes, you knew this week’s video clip would concern Mad Men.  Blogs were certainly roiling after Sunday night: At Thought Catalog, Chelsea Fagan found that after the 17-month break, ” It was like the entire office had been shot with tranquilizer darts and woken up from a several-hour nap (the kind where it’s dark out when you open your eyes and you aren’t even sure what year it is). And beyond the whole shaking-off-the-mothballs aesthetic, things just seemed . . . off.” At the American Prospect, Amanda Marcotte disagreed, finding the series’s 1966 setting weirdly appropriate in today’s weird gender politics, while Gina Carbone gleaned the 21 tastiest quotes from its sparkling dialogue, such as ” “Men hate surprises. Didn’t you have ‘Lucy’ in Canada?” Click over, read Carbone’s whole list, then click back and tell us (without using  Google) which is actually imported from real life.

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