Sep/Oct
2013

Warming Up the Great Outdoors

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Written by Alyssa Koenig

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Outdoor Fire Spaces to Keep Your Fall Cozy

The end of summer doesn’t have to mean an end to outdoor enjoyment. With unlimited options, in a variety of prices, these heating elements will keep your outdoor spaces warm and welcoming long after Labor Day.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Exercising Women's Rights

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Written by Pat Garry

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Title IX Celebrates 40 Years of Supporting Women in Sports

Early feminist crusades measured equality in sport as one of the fronts by which women could validate their equality to men. While the collective population proclaimed that women were incapable of coping with the rigors and physicality of competitive sport, 19th-century women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton quashed this myth by arguing, “We cannot say what the woman might be physically, if the girl were allowed all the freedom of the boy in romping, climbing, swimming, playing hoop and ball.”

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Beyond "Nip/Tuck"

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Written by Marlene Petersen

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Dispelling Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Procedure Myths

Plastic surgery. The term conjures visions of frozen foreheads, distorted celebrities and glossy TV dramas. But what is it really? Is it the quick and painless beauty of a television makeover? Is it a weight control solution? Is it self-care or extreme vanity? The answers might surprise you.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Women Wanderers

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Written by Danielle Allen

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The Benefits of and Tips For Traveling Alone

Traveling alone can be an incredibly liberating experience, especially for women. Many women focus their lives on taking care of others and meeting the community’s needs and forget the freeing feeling of an independent excursion.

As a solo-traveler, you have total control and flexibility over your trip, allowing the journey to take you wherever you want to go. Prefer to sleep in late? There’s no one demanding an early start. Want to stop and check out that kooky local museum? The day is yours!

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Voices from the Past

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Written by Debi Neville

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Oakwood Cemetery Walk Honors "Fascinating Women" in Rochester's History

You are guaranteed to hear voices if you are walking among the gravestones of Oakwood Cemetery on Sunday, Sept. 22. Seven women, long dead, will come to life and tell their stories during the 16th Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk hosted by the History Center of Olmsted County.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Drivers Beware!

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Written by C.G. Worrell

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In our I’m a prisoner. My cell is a crusty old Subaru Forester.

Since becoming a parent in 1998, I’ve been prisoner to many things: a breast pump, play dates and homework to name a few. So far, I’ve repeated elementary school, junior high and ninth grade. This is all fine. I enjoy learning and could probably get a higher score on the SAT now.

But nothing…nothing…could have prepared me for the latest milestone.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

From the Editor: July/August 2013

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Written by Marlene Petersen

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What's Taboo to You?

In addition to our regular features this special issue of Rochester Women explores a few “taboo” topics. Consistent with our mission to connect women with each other and the community in a positive way, our taboo subjects aren’t bawdy or vulgar, rude or disparaging. They’re simply subjects that can be difficult (or embarrassing) to talk about. They’re things that should be discussed but often aren’t, subjects that are food for thought, help us plan or make us laugh.

Right off the bat, we tackle the toughest discussion you’ll ever have with a family member (assuming you’ve already covered the birds and the bees): how to prepare yourself and your family for the end of life. In “End-of-Life Arrangements” (pg. 11) we consulted with local attorneys and financial advisors to bring you advice and a glossary of key documents you and your loved ones should be aware of regardless of your current health or age.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

End-of-Life Arrangements

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Written by Debi Neville

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The Conversation No One Wants to Have, But Everyone Should

Discussing the end of life—the passing of person and property—is a talk that makes us dreadfully uncomfortable. Yet if our wishes are to be honored after we are gone (or have become incapacitated), the right financial plans and legal paperwork must be in place regardless of our current age or vitality.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

The Nouveau Trousseau

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Written by Olive Martini

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Or Bra-Wars and the Frumpy Fungus

Sometime after the age of 40, I looked in the mirror and saw my grandma staring back at me…in big white panties and a shabby brassiere. My heart sank: “When did I become so damn frumpy?

Scientists will probably disagree, but I suspect frumpy is a fungus that attacks middle-aged women like creeping bread mold. In the human female, it rounds the belly, widens the buttocks and zaps our fashion sense. Psychologists may argue that frumpy is just a state of mind—the insidious spawn of habit and malaise. Whatever it is, frumpy had me in a stranglehold. Big time.

 

Jul/Aug
2013

Revive Your Jive!

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Written by Rochester Women Magazine Staff

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The upside of aging: We’re more comfortable in the skin we’re in! The downside: Our skin begins to look lived in. If you’re looking to do a little remodeling or just put some pep in your step, check out these products and services that strive to smooth away the years we’ve weathered.

 

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