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Spicing Up Winter
By Shari Mukherjee

This winter I’m prioritizing cozy. I’m living in soft, comfy sweatshirts, pulling on my warmest wool socks and wrapping my chilled fingers around mugs of hot, steaming chai.

Nearly every afternoon, around 4 p.m., either my husband or I grab our beloved “chai pot.” The kids, without fail, pull their stools up to the stovetop. We let them crush the spices, smash the ginger, and measure the tea leaves and milk. My husband watches as they stir and helps them as they make our daily chai. 

I grab a handful of biscuits (Indian-style cookies) to share, and we all warm up on these cold-weather days, enjoying our hot chai together.  Continue reading


A classic comfort menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day
By Margo Stich  Photography by

Now, more than ever, we crave memorable moments. Special occasions, such as Valentine’s Day, offer a way to spend time with people who are important to us and to create memories with them. Preparing and sharing food is a powerful way to show we care. Continue reading


Transforming the System
By Nicole Andrews, Audrey Elegbede and Emily Watkins

Systemic racism (or institutional racism) refers to “the systems in place that create and maintain racial inequality in nearly every facet of life for people of color” (from USA Today).  These engrained sets of policies and practices negatively impact Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) in everyday aspects of life. As Rochester Women Magazine continues its anti-racism work, we again asked Nicole Andrews and Audrey Elegbede to teach and guide us.   Continue reading

Remember the Yuck

Leaning into discomfort
By Emily Watkins

It’s the last day of 2020, and I think we are all ready to sweep this year out the back door. But although we may want to forget the awfulness that has been 2020, we would be better served to remember the yuck as we go forward. Continue reading

Cancer Exercise as a Part of Recovery

“I would encourage anyone affected by cancer to join Survivor Fitness class. You can work at your own pace. Jen does a great job by changing the routine day to day; she will guide you with what fits your needs. I recommend this class for support and better recovery. I am a non- Hodgekin’s lymphoma patient, 16 years in remission.” David M.

By Jen Schimek

Cancer is a serious disease second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death in the US. More than 17 million new cases of cancer are predicted to be diagnosed this year. As the population ages, the number of people facing cancer increases. Nearly half (42%) of these cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes. 20% of all cancers are directly caused by a combination of poor nutrition, excess alcohol intake, physical inactivity and excess body weight. Regular exercise specifically helps those facing a cancer diagnosis by improving overall fitness, therefore increasing survival rates and quality of life.   Continue reading

Pandemic Holidays

By Kamela Jordan
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Christmas lights, Diwali lamps, Hanukkah menorahs, Kwanzaa and Advent candles—as the days grow shorter, the holidays bring a little extra light into our lives. This year the gathering darkness feels especially potent. We need some extra light right now.    Continue reading