I Write to Report a Rape

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About the Author: Stephanie J. Andersen: Stephanie Andersen received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2006. Her personal essay on adoption and motherhood was listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2009 and published in both an anthology titled Choice (2007) and in Brain, Child Magazine (2008). She has written two memoirs—one on the heartbreak of giving up a child for adoption and another on her discovery of and investigation into the 50-year old rape of her mother.
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By Stephanie J. Andersen I Write to Report a Rape Office of the Chief of Naval Operations 2000 Navy Pentagon Washington, D.C. 20350-2000 December 13, 2013 Dear Admiral Jonathan Greenert: I write to report a rape. On July 7, an 18-year old woman by the name of Susan M. Keller was raped near U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland. She had been on a double date, which ended at a party on the beach. Before the night was over, she was raped and dropped off naked at Station … [Read more...]

Reclaiming “Homemaker”

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About the Author: Nelle Myrica Donaldson: Nelle Myrica Donaldson also posts essays related to modern parenting at doggymatic.org
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By Nelle Myrica Donaldson Aside from writing, there are few activities that earn my undivided attention. Time is short, to-do lists are long, and none of my focused activities can be accomplished in the presence of wakeful offspring. I multitask compulsively. Yet when people ask me what I do (in the capitalized DO sense), what I don’t do is what comes to mind: I don’t commute to an office every morning in order to earn a salary with benefits, so what I don’t have is a simple, three word … [Read more...]

Six Ways to Survive — and Even Enjoy — a Summer Music Festival

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About the Author: Lara Rosenbaum is a former member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team and an outdoor enthusiast living in the Bay Area. Her work has appeared in VIVmag, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Shape, More, SELF, and numerous other publications.
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Summer may be synonymous with beaches and bikinis, but it’s also when music festivals kick into high gear. There’s nothing like enjoying live outdoor music: You can feel the pulsing of the drums, you’re dancing with your friends (and thousands of others) under the stars…. That’s the best-case scenario. Sometimes festivals can mean getting pushed, bumped and stepped on — as well as having drinks spilled on you and inhaling so much secondhand smoke you get a contact high you didn't bargain … [Read more...]

Five Things Pregnant Women Over 35 Should Know

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About the Author: Kim Schworm Acosta is VIVmag's health editor and a contributing editor to Fit Pregnancy magazine.
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Although the number of U.S. births fell 1 percent overall in 2011, birth rates rose among women ages 35–44. If you’re among the growing ranks of moms-to-be in this category, keep these facts in mind, says OB-GYN Glade B. Curtis, M.D., M.P.H., in his newly updated book Your Pregnancy After 35 (Da Capo Press, 2013), written with Judith Schuler, M.S. 1. Your health may matter more than your age. Pre-existing medical conditions are the most important indicator of a woman’s well-being during … [Read more...]

Don’t Fall for the ‘Health Halo’: Know What You Get When You Shop Organic

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About the Author: Ashley Welch is a freelance journalist with a specialty in health and wellness reporting in the New York City area.
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When you see an organic label on a product, are you more inclined to buy it? While there are many sound environmental and health reasons to opt for organic, a recent study found that many people are swayed simply by the “health halo" effect, favoring products solely because of their organic label. Researchers from Cornell University recruited 115 participants and asked them to sample and evaluate three pairs of products — two yogurts, two cookies and two potato-chip portions. One item from … [Read more...]

Agitating for an Eco Revolution: Scientist-Mom Demands Action in ‘Raising Elijah’

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About the Author: Victoria Clayton is a freelance writer in Southern California.
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I know from experience that writing about parenting can incite a surprising amount of rage among readers. I co-authored a pregnancy book and penned a monthly parenting column for a major news site for four years, and I have plenty of hate emails to prove it. So I suggest approaching Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis (Da Capo Press, 2013) by Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., with an open mind. It's a cross between a parenting memoir and an intelligent science book … [Read more...]

Work Out Anywhere: Wello Brings Personal Trainers to Your Laptop

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If you can’t get to the gym, let the gym come to you. That’s the idea behind Wello, an online personal training site where you can sign up for individual or group sessions that you do at home, in your hotel room, outdoors — anywhere you have a computer, Internet connection and space to work out. Classes range from yoga to strength training, Pilates, Zumba, boot camp, CrossFit, martial arts, core conditioning and stretching. You can also request particular types of classes and levels … [Read more...]

Put On Your ‘Dignity Pants’: Sleepy Jones Offers PJs for Night — and Day!

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About the Author: Josie Rubio is a senior editor at VIVmag.
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  If you think that working from home means staying in your pajamas all day, well, you’re right. Sometimes. Of all the imagined perks of working at home, not putting on "real" pants for days at a time is the one that actually happens — unlike the notions of having an immaculate work space or abundance of free time. But I’ll admit, sitting around in faded sweatpants and a 1992 concert T-shirt can be a little depressing. Many people I know who work at home also have “daytime … [Read more...]

‘Pretty Fearless’ Amy Adams Plays Lois Lane in ‘Man of Steel’

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About the Author: Gerri Miller is an L.A.-based entertainment and lifestyle journalist who has been contributing to VIVmag since 2009.
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Amy Adams has played a nun, a Disney princess, and has four Oscar nominations to her credit, but the latest version of the Superman saga, Man of Steel, opening today, is the fulfillment of a childhood dream. “I grew up watching Superman and loving the characters,” says Adams, confiding that her first crush was Christopher Reeve, who played Superman in the 1978 film. She had a guest role in Smallville on TV, but lost the part of Lois Lane in Superman Returns to Kate Bosworth, so she was eager to … [Read more...]

Ahoy! The Cutest Nautical Fashions to Add Splash to Your Summer

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About the Author: Melissa Dilley is a freelance writer based in Columbus, OH.
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I’ll never forget the Sex and the City episode in which Carrie tells Charlotte that on the top of her no-date list are men who wear Top-Siders. As a fashion-forward writer, I typically side with her iconic character while I’m watching the marathon of reruns on the Style Network, but on this particular occasion, I was offended. I wear my Sperry Top-Siders (including the blue pair I slipped into for my Hamptons-themed wedding reception last year) on the regular come summer! I find solace in … [Read more...]

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