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[14 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 10,454 views]
The Humans Collective is Coming to the Milford Readers & Writers Festival

I am excited, and not a little prejudiced, that the Milford Readers & Writers Festival will be heralded in at the Milford Theatre with an energetic and truly unique performance by Humans Collective, an ensemble of performers who come together to create art that is reflective of the diverse human condition. I’m excited because this is an amazingly talented group of young performers and I may be prejudiced because my lovely granddaughter Dana, is a part of this ensemble and, I have to say, the reason they are coming to Milford.

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[14 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 10,466 views]
The Soul of the Milford Readers and Writers Festival – Words.

Words.

They can lift you, inspire you, move you, rattle you.
They can shape you, mold you, flatten you, devastate you.
They can cut you deep.
They can rip you to shreds.
They can make you brave.

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[14 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 10,380 views]
The Milford Readers and Writers Festival: How it all Got Started

Like many good ideas, this one began with a “what if…” Sean Strub, Amy Ferris, Bob Levine, and I were discussing the many writers conferences we had each attended, how much advice, constructive criticism, and moral support they offered aspiring writers. “But what about the readers?” I wondered. “Why aren’t there conferences for the people who love to read?” As a writer myself, I know how exciting it is to have a conversation with a thoughtful reader.

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[14 Sep 2016 | One Comment | 13,333 views]
Forty Years of Feminism and Friendship

I am really looking forward to interviewing Gloria Steinem at the Milford Readers and Writers Festival. She has played such an important role in my life for over 40 years.

I was hired at Ms. Magazine for my magazine experience, not my feminist credentials. That was clear when I showed up for work in a pink(!) version of the Career Gal uniform: tailored blouse, pencil skirt — and a girdle. My new boss Gloria Steinem and the rest of the staff were in more comfortable and less “acceptable” clothes. Which was sensible, given that the office furniture was orange crates and three-legged cast off desks.

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[22 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 2,193 views]
THE NEW YEAR STARTS NOW

Labor Day has always felt like New Year’s Day to me. It’s the school calendar that continues to promise new possibilities. This year they include a new project, some especially interesting trips, and wonderful news from several of my writer friends.

I am going to Billings, Montana to give the keynote at the first Annual Exceptional Women Luncheon on September 17. I am especially delighted to be there because, in addition to the opportunity to celebrate terrific women, the event will be co-sponsored by the brand new Billings chapter of The Transition Network, an organization I have admired and supported since its earliest days.

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[29 May 2015 | No Comment | 2,467 views]
Being Old Is Full of Beautiful Surprises

Suzanne Braun Levine
NextAvenue.org

The author at 70 catalogs how she’s acting her age

It seems as though everyone I know is talking about death. We are also talking about how, to our surprise, death seems more like the houseguest who won’t leave than the grim reaper. That’s the big difference about being over 70. Death is more of a presence — an active presence — and less of a threat than it was when we were 60. As my friend Robin puts it, when time is running out, we are blessed with the “gift of urgency.”

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[10 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 6,305 views]
Reinventing the Workplace:<br />An Intergenerational Challenge

Suzanne Braun Levine
Encore.org

One of the most persistent and misguided assumptions about the relationship of younger and older workers is that they are adversaries – competing for the same jobs and incompatible in work habits. This presumption of intergenerational hostility ignores the productive synergy that happens when their skills and work styles mix and energy meets experience, technological fluency meets accumulated people skills, ambition meets not sweating the small stuff.

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[22 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 1,530 views]
Women’s Lib: Then and Now

Suzanne Braun Levine
NextAvenue.org

A Founding Feminist’s review of five issues that still need work

In 1972, when I joined Ms.magazine — the exciting and very controversial new “women’s lib” publication — I had just gotten my “MRS degree,” which was considered an honor, except that being married meant that I could not get a bank loan without my husband’s signature. Also, back then, I wasn’t allowed in most restaurants wearing pants; job listings were segregated under “help wanted – male” and “help wanted – female” and I had had an illegal abortion.

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[13 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 1,550 views]
How Dads Love Now!

Suzanne Braun Levine
Huff/Post50

While the work-life balancing act remains difficult for working couples — more and more dads are committed to finding a way to make it work. They are making parenting a priority, creating the time for the moments with their kids that one calls the “miracle” of fatherhood.

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[2 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 43,051 views]
Our Sons Are Changing Fatherhood, But Can Men Have It All?

The notion of “Having It All” has been with us since the early days of the women’s movement. It was maddening to us at Ms. magazine to see how the empowering-sounding phrase was used against us by the individuals and institutions that had a vested interest in the status quo. By highlighting the impossibility of having it all professionally and personally, the question distracted from the real issue — that women are entitled to have equal access to it all.