The Grocery-List Tattoo

May 23, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I’m going to start writing grocery lists on my arm, so I don’t forget the milk. Younger people will think I’m nuts, but I don’t mind.

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Molly Fisk on Yoga: Pushing Out That Last Ounce of Breath

May 16, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Even though I can’t differentiate between the lower part of my lung and the upper, and my inhalations last a nanosecond at best, I am breathing in and out on purpose, and that has changed everything.

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Molly Fisk: The Greeks Have a Word for It

May 9, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

When did “spaghetti,” which is what it was called when I was a kid, turn into “pasta”? And what does it mean when this sophisticated term comes out of the mouths of 10-year-olds? The same thing happened to “sherbet.” It disappeared, and now we say, sounding very swank, “sorbet.”

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Molly Fisk: Three Cheers for the Ordinary Human!

May 2, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I came to this coffee shop today because this is where I wrote my first essay, in October 2004. I wanted to see what it felt like to write my 170th one here, too.

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Molly Fisk on Birdsong

April 25, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

The birdsong chorus is a wonderful melee, a beautiful cacophony, both melodic and chaotic, a crazy din. It reminds me of the way Utah Phillips sometimes ended his concerts.

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

April 18, 2015 by Tish Jett

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By Tish Jett

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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By Molly Fisk

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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