Women now comprise 2 million of the 21 million veterans in the U.S. … Helen Benedict, a journalist and novelist known for her incisive work examining sexism and social justice, trained a lens on sexual assault and rape within the forces, which affects 25-30 percent of all enlisted women. Her 2009 book “The Lonely Soldier” inspired the Academy Award-nominated documentary “The Invisible War,” as well as a landmark lawsuit against the Pentagon on behalf of assault victims. Last month her most recent novel, WOLF SEASON, was published by Bellevue Literary Press. Benedict’s extraordinary insight and sensitivity to all three characters are the product of hundreds of interviews, offering a unique and multi-dimensional perspective on women as veterans today in the U.S… Read the full article (https://www NULL.huffingtonpost NULL.com/entry/nobody-believes-me-solitary-soldiers-forgotten_us_5a063696e4b0ee8ec369417f)
When Matt LeBlanc enters a restaurant for an early lunch on a quiet Wednesday, he takes his seat a bit like a Secret Service agent taking in points of exposure. His goal is to dodge the risks of being recognized, even though that recognition is a measure of his success. Such is the cognitive dissonance of being a low-profile construction worker from Newton with a high-profile face.
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A phone call to the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch yielded directions like something out of The Da Vinci Code: Loop around several traffic circles and bear right at the statue of stampeding bulls, kick into four-wheel-drive for a mile uphill, cruise through the checkpoint gate, head into the darkness and under an arch, and then hairpin into the courtyard, where you’ll be greeted by two men in long oilskin coats.
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As Joe Kennedy retakes the helm of Citizens Energy on the first anniversary of his brother’s death, he inherits a company known as much for its generous salaries as its charitable projects. Will Joe be able to reconcile doing good with doing well?
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“I went through five surgeries and a very painful divorce, and I was alone. And in the process of all these tests, I was told that I probably wouldn’t be able to have children. I just got so mad.” Read full article (http://bostoncommon-magazine NULL.com/personalities/articles/padma-lakshmi-talks-about-top-chef-consulting-for-mit-modeling#KMSCyXPlCs0RBZbj NULL.99)
By 9 a.m. on a Saturday, an hour when tourists on Bourbon Street are making a conga line to Café du Monde for beignets and others are still stumbling home, the Habitat for Humanity crew is already on the job. Here on Feliciana Street, a neighborhood near the Lower Ninth Ward, many homes are spray painted with an X—the mark, in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, used by rescuers to identify sites already searched for survivors. To visitors, this might look like mere graffiti. But as volunteers learn, some homeowners want to keep the X even after their houses are repaired. It is an emblem of perseverance, even pride.
“Religion and conflict are a serious issue in our world order,” says Dean David Hempton, who has his own memories of living through the Troubles in Northern Ireland. “The point is not just to focus on regions and particular problems, but to ask, ‘Can we find within religious traditions deep resources for peacemaking?’ Because we think they are there.” Read full article (http://bostoncommon-magazine NULL.com/living/articles/what-really-goes-on-inside-harvard-divinity-school)
The summer I turned 30 I took a gamble, picking up and moving to a new city with a guy I barely knew in a car I could barely drive. Read full article (#3 in a collection) (http://www NULL.redbookmag NULL.com/life/mom-kids/a14836/amazing-stories-about-women-and-cars/)
My teacher in journalism school had no sympathy for my column about sexual harassment because, for her, it was inherent in the workplace.
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Is it ethical for bookstores to sell uncorrected proofs?
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Here’s what I learned, after a month of talking to editors, literary agents, publishers, and other authors: A paperback isn’t just a cheaper version of the book anymore. It’s a makeover. A facelift. And for some, a second shot.
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The first time I read Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety, I was in my late twenties and hungry for insight into what made for a solid relationship, and what made it last. How do people navigate growth and change in relationships over time? Do the years dull the edges of our flaws and soften our irritations, making us kinder, gentler versions of ourselves? These are the big-think questions at the heart of Crossing to Safety, an incisive portrayal of two couples, friends for decades. And his answer is a resounding no.
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A rocky shoreline rising straight from boulders to evergreens. Sky like a damp wool blanket. Water so dense and calm the surface appears black. If you were to Google “Nova Scotia cove” in your imagination, this is pretty much the picture you’d see. Our four kayaks slip through the Canadian bay, paddles creating tiny whirlpools in the still water… Read full article
Mother Nature usually makes you choose your sports by the season — grass or snow, don’t get greedy. But Mother Nature is generous in Whistler.
Napa, one of the world’s top wine regions, seems to offer as many winery bike tours as bottles.