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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Don’t Even Think About Stealing This Essay

June 13, 2016 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

I’m starting to wonder how much time and effort some editors are actually taking [in trying to track down the author of an article they’ve purloined]. Is grab-the-content-and-see-who-notices a new business model?

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Molly Fisk: Giftiness

June 11, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Mixed in among my feelings of gratitude and wonder was confusion. Is this allowed? Aren’t I supposed to be doing everything myself? Do I deserve this?

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Molly Fisk: The Fisks Do Not Like Vinegar

June 4, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Not that I plan to base my future behavior on vinegar. But when she said “The Fisks do not like vinegar,” I felt such a rush of belonging. I am a Fisk. And it’s true, I do not like vinegar! We are united! I am not alone!

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Molly Fisk: Creativity

May 21, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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One of the things that happens when you’re a poet is that people come up to you at silent auctions and board meetings, or in line at the movies — anywhere you might be standing around — and ask you strange questions about your work. The questions themselves are sort of incoherent, and not that important, it’s what’s behind them that’s interesting.

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Molly Fisk: Misquoted

May 14, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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I didn’t realize how quickly my words could be turned in directions I wasn’t intending them to go.

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Molly Fisk: Starting Over

May 7, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Starting over has had other benefits — reminding me what it’s like to know nothing, not even what questions to ask.

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