4 Ways You Can Be Fit Old and Fat

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4 Ways You Can Be Fit Old and Fat My friend Nancy is in her eighties and obsessed with her weight. A small woman, Nancy is intent on becoming even smaller. She meets with a nutritionist and restricts her calorie intake, believing that this will improve her health and prolong her life. At lunch she […]

Defying Norms in Love and Medicine

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Making the Rounds: Defying Norms in Love and Medicine In 2022 we featured guest essays by several women memoirists. These blogs are windows onto lives lived in parallel with ours.  Billie Best gave her perspective on caring for a dying philanderer when she wrote about her book, How I Made a Huge Mess of My […]

Women, Age, and Money

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Women, Age, and Money My grandmother was a young woman during the Great Depression. From that era forward, regardless of her circumstances, she counted every penny. At the grocery store, she inspected each green bean to make sure it was worthy before adding it to her cart. When my grandmother was in her nineties and […]

We Are All Zebras Now

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We Are All Zebras Now “I’d rather not renew your prescription for hormone replacement therapy because it increases the risk of stroke,” said my doctor. Which was ironic, given what happened next. But even during that phone call I was not convinced. “From the literature, it looks like overall mortality is the same with or […]