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By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev

Head Over Heels

| June 30, 2009

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Beyond the Pale

| June 30, 2009

Beyond the Pale by Elana Dykewomon Press Gang Publishers. "Whenever you tell the story of one woman, inside is another." (p. 17)   Elana Dykewomon was one of my early hero’s –shero’s I think we called them then.  Maybe some of you are too young to remember……well, actually many of you are probably too young […]

The Mother Dance

| June 30, 2009

The Mother Dance: How children change your life by Harriet Lerner, Harper Prennial 1998   I must confess I enjoy Harriet Lerner’s "dance" books a lot.  As a therapist I find her books excellent explanations of complex therapeutic theories that are written clearly, with descriptive clinical narratives that people can identify with.  As far as […]

Gender Loving Care

| June 30, 2009

Gender Loving Care: A guide to gender-variant clients By Randi Ettner W.W. Norton & Company, 1999 ISBN  0-393-70304-5 Published in In The Family Magazine, November 1999. There are scant resources available addressing the therapeutic needs of transgendered and transsexual individuals, and sadly many of the books that exist are seeped in a medical model perspective […]

My Lesbian Husband

| June 30, 2009

Review by Arlene Istar Lev My Lesbian Husband By Barrie Jean Borich Graywolf Press St. Paul, MN. What a wonderful title for a book! When I first saw it on the bookshelf, I just knew that I had to read it. The best way to describe this book, the word that keeps running through my […]