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Love: To Know and Be Known Being in love with the idea of love · When I was a senior in college and confused, I asked a lot of different people, older than me, almost like a research project, why … Read More

Romantic Women Friends, Boston Marriages

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Partnerships between women 100 years ago Boston marriage refers to a long-time partnership between single women, often during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The term originated with Henry James’ novel The Bostonians, depicting a long-term relationship between two … Read More

Happy Un-Valentine’s Day: Buy Yourself a Box of Candy

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Whitman’s, Russell Stover, a nostalgic box with a map The stores filled up with Valentine’s goodies the day after New Year’s. I glided past the displayed heart-shaped boxes that have more cost in the boxes — red satin, ribbons, fake … Read More

Feminist Analyses: ‘Alice’ and ‘An Unmarried Woman’

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Two 70s proto-feminist movies that show the myths Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is now streaming. I had never seen the film that made a small splash at the time. I couldn’t believe it was honoring the heroine for leaving … Read More

The Success of Envying Your Adult Child’s Relationship

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Partnerships can be more egalitarian The recent pictures on a friend’s Facebook post include a grandchild, and the year before a big wedding, grinning bride and groom, and a big wedding party. Edie, the mom/grandmom who is my friend, was … Read More

That Night at Studio 54

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Tales from New York City in the 70s It was Studio 54’s heyday, and I wanted to go. The neighborhood Democratic Party sold tickets as a fundraiser that gave the holder entrance to Studio 54. Standing in line was a … Read More

Deep in the January Doldrums

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The Big Freeze, Shut-In, The Cold Creeps In Most of the United States is in a deep freeze right now. I retired from Minnesota to Oregon precisely because I didn’t want to deal with snow and ice, but this week … Read More

Flamingos’ Tongues and the Republic’s Decline

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Mary Beard is Britain’s “most beloved intellectual” CottonBro on Pexels The auditorium was packed to hear a classicist with a sense of humor. Mary Beard’s latest book was published recently. She was reviewed in The New York Times. She also … Read More

Mystical Connections with the Old Turtle

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Sitting by the alligator snapping turtle The turtle was in a display cube of water with a big rock. The alligator snapping turtle is one of the largest turtles in the world, and I kept hearing this one was 150 … Read More

How a Fitbit Saved My Life

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Alerts about Atrial Fibrillation The reality is that I was scared. OK, I’m 70, and stuff happens. I didn’t think I had a family history of any heart problems, but I did have a grandfather who died of stroke. He … Read More

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