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Susan Swanson's Radio Show on Relationships — Monday July 5!

Published by Wednesday Martin
Not just another pretty face — Susan Swanson really gets it
Not just another pretty face — Susan Swanson really gets it

Sure, it's a long holiday weekend. BBQs, fireworks...and for some of us in stepfamilies, stress. "Coming together" can be fraught when it's a yours, mine, and ours situation as in a remarriage or repartnership with kids. That's why Susan Swanson's Monday July 5 radio show is so timely. Check out the list of upcoming shows too. Susan is the founder of the Stepfamily Center of Los Angeles, a gifted and experienced therapist — and has walked the stepmother walk!


Elizabeth Saitta, Artist

Published by Wednesday Martin
The wedding dress — an overdetermined signifier for those of us who marry a man with children
The wedding dress — an overdetermined signifier for those of us who marry a man with children

I learned about Elizabeth Saitta's work on a trip to Boston. She is an art teacher married to a man with children from a previous marriage. She recently earned her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


Artist Karen Piovaty deconstructs wickedness — and a whole lot more

Published by Wednesday Martin

When I first discovered the work of Karen Piovaty nine years ago, I was thrilled — and a little scandalized. It was as if someone had finally had the nerve to express all the frightening, taboo thoughts I couldn't even admit to myself. Karen's take on stepmothering is provocative, but never merely so; it is also thoughtful social commentary and a sophisticated riff on families, stepparenting, and stereotypes. Karen's "marriage" of visuals and text unsettles, amuses, and reveals.