Molly Fisk: Ready for Anything?

August 20, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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‘Meet My [Insert Term Here]’

July 12, 2016 by Amy K. Hughes

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By Amy K. Hughes

A social puzzle: How to introduce an over-50 boyfriend? Please, not “lover” (too much information) or “long-time companion” (such a parodied cliché) or (groan) “manfriend.” Has anybody come up with a non-squirm-inducing term?

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Molly Fisk: Jealousy Is Your Friend

July 9, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Jealousy isn’t only an indicator of what to try next, it’s a wonderful fuel for action.

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Molly Fisk: Heat Wave

July 2, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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It’s July all of a sudden — how did that happen!

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Molly Fisk: I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me

June 25, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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I love the moon at any stage, from faint silver thumbnail to fat gold globe rising behind all the spiky pine trees across the street.

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Molly Fisk: On Not Becoming A Ballerina

June 18, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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I did not turn out to be a ballerina. I’m also not a mother, and lately, now my friends’ kids are having babies, I’m aware I’m not a grandmother, either. This doesn’t really bother me . . . much. But it opens the door to the question, “Well what the heck am I, then?”

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Book Review: Gina Barreca’s ‘If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?’

June 16, 2016 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

To have a nationally syndicated columnist who is our age, articulate as hell, wildly successful, and a diehard feminist? That’s fabulous.

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