OUR SPRING INVITATION: Ah . . . April in Paris . . .

April 18, 2015 by Tish Jett

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When I was in Paris earlier this week, I saw the most exuberant signal that spring has finally arrived: the chestnut trees in full bloom. I was conscious, once again, of that crystalline light that I associate with the city in printemps, particularly after the long, gray winter.

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Molly Fisk: Uncluttered and Standing Proud

April 18, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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Oh, the pleasure, the satisfaction! A desk with no coffee rings, no inky thumbprints, no dead mosquito hawks! A desk with all those snaky electronic cords elegantly corralled by plastic cable-ties! Who knew that a fabulous 50-cent bright green cable-tie from Korea could work better than any antidepressant?

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Molly Fisk on April Anxiety

April 3, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

How Molly Fisk grew up and learned to stop fearing the IRS.

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Molly Fisk: Of Ecstasy and Laundry, Buddhism and Birds

March 28, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

My last moment of ecstasy? It was probably one of two things. Either I wrote a poem that I really liked, and felt that electric moment afterward of intense satisfaction and rightness. Or else it had something to do with birds.

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Molly Fisk: If You Like Sex, Spring Is Your Season

March 21, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

The bombardment of sensory input is enough to make anyone swoon, and that’s exactly what it’s designed for: Spring is nature’s way of keeping the game going.

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On the Money: A Female Face on the $20 Bill!

March 21, 2015 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

What female face deserves to replace Andrew Jackson’s on the $20 bill?

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CHANGE: Desperation as the Great Motivator

March 14, 2015 by Eleanor Foa Dienstag

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By Eleanor Foa Dienstag

“Profound unhappiness has pushed me—after days, weeks, and months of passivity, anxiety, resistance, and clinging to old ways—to take a leap that has led to personal and professional transformation.”

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Molly Fisk on Asparagus Season

March 14, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

“I’ve done some longitudinal studies of asparagus-lifespan in my icebox. They generally last a week. Any longer and the stalks get floppy, the heads with their little cedar-shingle-like design begin to slime up.”

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The World According to Weber: Loving Your Age—Just Do the Math

March 10, 2015 by Nancy Weber

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If you’re over 40, you’re definitely old enough to wear black pearls.

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CHANGE? Diane Dettmann Responds to Our March Challenge

March 10, 2015 by Diane Dettmann

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By Diane Dettmann

In which the author tries to placate the Change Lioness with convincing excuses for staying put.

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Molly Fisk: Doing the Watusi, 30 Feet Up

February 28, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

The go-go dancer was in a little phone booth–sized cubicle at the top of a pole several stories higher than the club she advertised, wearing those calf-high white boots that defined the era and a little bathing-suit-like outfit with lots of fringe.

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Molly Fisk: There’s a Third Place for Us

February 21, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

A third place is where you catch up with your community—get the latest gossip, find someone to buy your pickup, or maybe even foment a little rebellion. Everyone knows you won’t be there on Thursdays because that’s the night you play poker with your mom at the rest home

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How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse or Repel an Irate Library Patron

February 15, 2015 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

In the wake of a major disaster or calamity, promises “The Survival Handbook,” you’ll . . . know how to make a radio antenna with a Slinky, revive a dead car battery with aspirin, and start a fire with potato chips.

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Molly Fisk: Kissprints Under the Snow

February 14, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

When I’m single on Valentine’s Day, I am sometimes tempted to drive strategically through a puddle close to the curb as a happy-looking couple is strolling by, in order to douse them. I know this is not adult behavior, but there you have it.

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Molly Fisk: The Power of Anger; or, Hexed by a Bear

January 31, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

This bear—my bear—was racing pell-mell through the trees on a rainy night about nine o’clock, and jumped off a high bank into Empress Road just as I had turned the corner and gotten to the same spot on the asphalt. Luckily there was room for both of us, and we moved forward together at breakneck speed for a few moments.

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