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The Christmas Story

For us in Western countries, the Christmas story has long had a compelling resonance, whether we’re Christians or not. I know several atheists, Jews, and non-Christian Asians who celebrate some form of the Christmas holidays with a decorated tree and gift giving. They...

The Large and Small of It

Let’s begin with an overview of the body as we will view it in this blog-site. The human body is an extremely complex, self-repairing organism that consists of trillions of specialized, interdependent cells. The body remains alive so long as its cells are able...

Body Overview

Let’s begin with an overview of the body as we will view it in this blog-site. The human body is an extremely complex, self-repairing organism that consists of trillions of specialized, interdependent cells. The body remains alive so long as its cells are able...

Good Health to You!

Welcome to Caring for Your Body, devoted to helping you, the reader, develop HABITS OF HEALTH. You own your own body, it’s yours for the long run, and you can’t trade it in, so you may as well take care of it! This site offers information on human anatomy,...

Welcome!

Welcome to Spirit and Science, a blog site dedicated to exploring ideas at the interface of Spirit and Science. This site will include meditations, book reviews, and question-and-answer (Q&A) blogs. The underlying theme is that Spirit is a motivating force and...

On Being a Woman – Valued, Part 2

This is the second (concluding) segment of the blog on women’s value. The first segment can be read here. But is it just monetary value that women are lacking? Maybe it’s also personal value – not being taken seriously for their immense contributions to human...

On Being a Woman – Valued, Part 1

As so often happens, when I start to write on a topic, it goes over the 300 word “limit” on blogs (reader attention limit), so I’m splitting this one up into two parts. Here’s Part 1. ______________________ One of the most frustrating aspects...

On Being a Woman – Options, Part 3

This is the final segment of a piece, written about three decades ago, that surfaced as I was sorting through previous, unpublished writing. The first two segments can be seen here and here. _________________________ Then it was time to graduate and get a job. I had...

On Being a Woman – Options, Part 2

This is a continuation of the previous blog, a transcription of a piece written more than three decades ago. Things have certainly changed since then, but in many ways, the “progress” has been disappointing and often difficult for women and men alike....

On Being a Woman – Options, Part 1

The following was written in the late 1970s or early ‘80s, during which time I was a newly “liberated” woman with a family and a demanding career. I happened upon this essay while sorting through a box of old writing, looking for something else. Apparently I had...

On Being a Woman – The Price of Achievement

I coiuldn’t resist posting a link to this article about women and the Olympics and the (media) criticism  that women athletes have been receiving for totally irrelevant aspects of their being, particularly their appearance. What about focusing on skill or talent...

On Being a Woman – The Myth of Prince Charming

This is the prototypic fairy tale: a princess is in distress and she is rescued from her difficulties by a prince – or by a brave and handsome commoner who becomes a prince upon rescuing and marrying her. This is the end of the story. “Then they live happily ever...

On Being a Woman – Appearances

The hilarious British comedy of the 1990s, Keeping Up Appearances, occasionally resurfaces in re-runs on PBS. I sometimes try to watch it, captivated by the absurd self-delusion of the protagonist, Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “Bouquet”). But I have never been able to...

On Being a Woman – Motherhood, Part 1

This post is a Mother’s Day offering. I’m labeling it “Motherhood, Part 1,” because I expect this will be just one entry of several in a key and complicated subject that preoccupies women’s lives. Again, I’ll don my biologist’s hat for part of this blog, but most of...

On Being a Woman – Caring

Caring is what women do. They care for, take care of, and care about. They nurture. They feel concern and responsibility for those they love, for those they know, and even for many with whom they are totally unacquainted. Women keep order in the spaces around them;...

On Being a Woman – Half the Sky

Yesterday, a luncheon at the North Charleston Coliseum, hosted by the Center for Women, featured Nicholas Kristof, who delivered a talk on the theme of his book, Half the Sky, written with his wife, Sheryl Wu-Dunn. The message was an obvious one: Women constitute...

On Being a Woman

I have allowed this blog to languish; it was initially intended to be a poetry blog, to be a venue for those stirrings of the heart that managed to become transformed into a few simple lines of words. Not quite as tight or tidy as haiku, but nonetheless the...

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