Molly Fisk: Wealth Measured in Persimmons

September 24, 2016 by Molly Fisk


This fall, my 12-year-old Fuyu persimmon tree, which has borne fruit only twice since I planted it, went wild right under my nose. The leaves turned a glorious dark orange and then all fell off during a storm, revealing what I thought were 40 little orange globes.

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Molly Fisk: The Opposite of Writing

September 17, 2016 by Molly Fisk

Photo by Flickr user Carla de Souza Campos (Creative Commons License)

One of the characteristics of being a writer is that you work almost always alone. In a book’s publication stage there may be editors, copy editors, agents, first readers, second readers, and writers with more renown giving you blurbs for your cover. But for the first 99% of a book’s life, you’re in charge. There are great advantages to this, but if you’re a somewhat social person, it can get kind of lonely.

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A Librarian Thinks About Censorship

September 15, 2016 by Roz Warren


By Roz Warren

I am now, like most librarians, an absolutist when it comes to defacing library property. You can do whatever you like to your personal copy of a book. You can annotate it, highlight it, cross out the parts you don’t like or cut it up for art. But leave library books alone. And yet, there are librarians who deface library books themselves!

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Molly Fisk: The Pleasures of Eavesdropping

September 10, 2016 by Molly Fisk


One thing I like about being a writer is how you can sit anywhere for hours and amuse yourself. Restaurants, for instance. I settle into my chair and eavesdrop like a professional, stealing whatever I like best: phrases, accents, points of view. In fact, if you know me, you might want to sit a few tables away.

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Molly Fisk: How to Avoid a Boring Life

September 3, 2016 by Molly Fisk


I am never sorry when things turn out to be free, even though I was armed with small bills. And I’m always happy to be directed to secret locations, since much of the time I try to live my life as if I were a Russian spy only masquerading as a middle-aged American poet.

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Molly Fisk: Chairs

August 27, 2016 by Molly Fisk


The 19th century British architect and textile designer William Morris famously said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” I love this quote, but I think he might have added that no one needs more than one of each of these things

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Molly Fisk: Ready for Anything?

August 20, 2016 by Molly Fisk


Probably the same principle operates in humans about disaster planning as it does about death. Somewhere in our deepest secret heart of hearts, we can’t believe it will happen to us. This principle is why people marry more than twice, and still buy homes in Florida with a straight face.

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‘Movie Logic’: 7 Impossible Things Regularly Seen in Films

August 16, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

I thought about the number of things that regularly happen in “movie logic” that are psychologically or physically impossible (or improbable). Films that avoid these devices are better for it.

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Molly Fisk: Normal Sloth & Torpor

August 13, 2016 by Molly Fisk


Does this happen to you? Do some of those do-it-every-day-or-week jobs like cooking, cleaning, laundry, flossing your teeth, getting your oil changed, and mowing the lawn suddenly turn into Mt. Everest without warning? I am wondering if this is normal, or whether I’m having a very delayed mid-life crisis.

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Roz Warren: Not Sure if You’re Actually Having Sex? I Can Help

August 12, 2016 by Roz Warren


Apparently, this is how a cheater thinks. They phoned and flirted and texted and kissed and said “I love you” and made passionate furtive whoopee in hotel rooms, but they convinced themselves that it wasn’t cheating because “we didn’t have sex.”

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Molly Fisk: Wedding Bells

August 6, 2016 by Molly Fisk


Have I mentioned how much I love the couple I’ll be marrying, and how much I love my life? Who else gets invited to marry people in the Space Needle with a crown of roses on her head?

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Molly Fisk: Summer Fun

July 30, 2016 by Molly Fisk


But the reason to go to water aerobics is not the exercise, nor even the cool water on a scorching day. It’s not the dark green pines and cedars that gradually give their shade to the evening participants. The reason to go is because it’s hilarious, and laughing is so good for us.

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Molly Fisk: Decades After Meeting by Chance in a Dorm Cafeteria

July 23, 2016 by Molly Fisk

Molly Fisk

When we met, in 1973, we naively thought sexism would have begun to disappear by now, and unions gotten stronger.

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Fighting Off Heat Stroke at ‘The Bates Motel’

July 18, 2016 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

I told Steve, the motel’s front-desk clerk, that I’d be sleeping in the back of my SUV, since the chemical and tobacco stench in Room 209 was intolerable. He offered me a suddenly available room on the third floor. I thanked him and declined.

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Molly Fisk: Blackberry Picking

July 16, 2016 by Molly Fisk


When you live by yourself, you get a lot of leeway in the food department.

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