Intellectual companionship

People wondered why the dashing Franklin Delano Roosevelt married Eleanor. “What lay behind the mutual attraction between the smooth, handsome youth and the old-maidish young woman?” asks Joseph Persico in his book Franklin & Lucy—President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherford and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life. Persico’s answer? “In Eleanor, he found a different sort […]

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What would Batman eat?

Ask a group of children. That’s what the researchers at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab did. Before they took a group of children to a fast-food restaurant, they asked half of them, “What would Batman eat?” Then, when they arrived at the restaurant, they let the children choose between a snack of French fries […]

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Just walk 20 minutes a day

Gretchen Reynolds has some advice for the two-thirds of Americans who get no exercise at all. You don’t have to run marathons, sit on an exercise bike while you watch TV or measure your peak oxygen uptake, says Reynolds, the author of The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train […]

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Superwoman vs. the Resolute Woman

What’s the difference between the Resolute Woman and superwoman? The Resolute Woman takes care of herself. Superwoman does everything and takes care of everyone else. She doesn’t have time to take care of herself. The Resolute Woman realizes that no one is perfect. She doesn’t act as if she’s perfect. Superwoman acts as if she’s […]

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Is it possible to be superwoman?

In her article  in The Atlantic, Anne-Marie Slaughter writes about women struggling to “have it all” and suggests that our society needs to change social policies to help men and women balance families and careers. We agree. However, until those policies change, we keep asking ourselves  if we’re trying to be superwomen instead of Resolute Women. […]

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Mother or marathoner?

If you haven’t read Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” read it now. We printed out all 28 pages. The article is long, but it is very thoughtful. No matter if you’re young and just starting a career or a little older with children in college, no matter if you’re male […]

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Tired and stressed?

By now the fact that an article in The Atlantic titled “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” brought more online response than any other article in the magazine’s history is, well, history—or herstory. But the response is solid evidence that the topic still is important and relevant to many women. My children are both […]

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“There is work to do”

On December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white male passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, she signaled the start of the modern-day civil rights movement. Many people don’t realize that Parks had worked for equal rights many years before that day in 1955, and she continued […]

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A successful weight-loss program

Dr. David Grossman, a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, lists five factors in a successful weight-loss program in an article in the Dallas Morning News, June 26, 2012. This doctor’s approach sounds sensible to us: * Make realistic weight-loss goals. Losing just 5 percent of your initial weight can significantly improve your […]

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Moving forward into the future

In the introduction to the 2005 edition of Through the Narrow Gate, Karen Armstrong, a British author of 12 books, remembers that the first draft of this book was filled with anger. Armstrong was writing about her six years in a Roman Catholic convent, and those years were filled with struggles and pain that she […]

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