The Orgy Dome, Cliches, and Roxana Robinson
This week we attended #BlogHer2018, a two-day conference in New York City for female content creators. Not only were we inspired by all the creative and passionate women we met (including several Woolfers!), but we learned a ton. And Nina gave a kickass intro to a conversation between Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Christy Turlington Burns about women’s reproductive health, family policies, and health care (you can watch it here).
Among articles that moved us this week were The Gift of Menopause, a recent NYT op-ed piece by Margaret Renkl, a gorgeously written essay about the sometimes hidden virtues of being women our age, and Daphne Beal’s courageous and equally beautifully piece in Vogue about her recent experience with a brain tumor. It’s never dull as we wend our way through these years, is it?
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Woolfer Words: Cliché
Check out the latest word investigation by Woolfer lexicographer Kory Stamper.
“When you become a woman of A Certain Age, as it is so delicately put, you find your priorities shift and your capacity for dealing with inanity of all types shrinks. Ah, people say, it is what it is. And you grit your teeth and try not to say, ‘What the hell is that supposed to mean?’…”
Woolfer of the Week: Roxana Robinson
Knowing yourself now what would you tell your 50-year-old self?
“I think I’d tell myself to embrace more things, take on more projects. Dare to do more. What’s that wonderful feminist line? “Imagine what you would do if you were not afraid”? I think fear is an invisible companion in many women’s lives; I’d have urged myself to banish it, or at least to be aware that it was there, to wrestle with it, try to throw it overboard.”
If you haven’t read Roxana Robinson, you must. She’s a literary master at exposing and exploring the ever-fascinating complexities of familial ties. Here, a sampling of some of our favorite titles (pictured above) from her oeuvre: Sparta explores the difficult homecoming of a young man after four years in Iraq. Sweetwater offers a poignant account of a young widow’s second marriage. Cost details a mother’s struggle dealing with her son’s heroin addiction. And, in Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life, Robinson uses her sharp insight into relationships to render an intimate portrait of this groundbreaking female artist.
“Roxana Robinson’s beautifully rendered prose captures moments of domestic drama—sometimes painful, sometimes ecstatic, always heartrending and illuminating.”
—Joyce Carol Oates
Woolfer Katy Bruni wore these glittery Phat Buddha leggings when she taught yoga at our retreat in July, and we’re now obsessed with them. Great for exercise but also great with a big sweater come fall.
The Woolfer Team will be running the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in New York City on September 9th.
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