Molly Fisk: Doing the Watusi, 30 Feet Up

February 28, 2015 by Molly Fisk


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


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


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


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


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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Molly Fisk on Keeping Secrets

January 24, 2015 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

I want grocery aisles and church pews and minor-league baseball bleachers to fill with the sound of spilled secrets. Tell them all, and then take a deep breath. No guilt allowed.

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Molly Fisk: A Whiter Shade of Pale

January 17, 2015 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

A complicated morning for our Molly.

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Molly Fisk on Crying

January 10, 2015 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

I don’t think I’m losing my mind. I just get overwhelmed for no reason by the urge to cry.
Maybe this is one of the functions of women my age: It’s our job to cry the unshed tears for whatever needs to be mourned.

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Things We Resolve NOT to Do in the New Year

January 9, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change


Resolve: Not to die (loved ones included). And there shall be absolutely no talking about body parts at dinner.

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Molly Fisk: Give Me a Break!

January 3, 2015 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

I wrestle with the strangely compelling idea that I deserve some sort of break. I don’t know if this is because I’m white, or American, or was raised upper-middle class, or all of the above, but it comes over me quickly, and with great force.

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Twerking, Flirting, Pole Dancing: Dr. Pat Reflects on the Vows She Made Last Year

January 1, 2015 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“I chose a great many ‘age inappropriate’ resolutions as my focus for 2014, and made some changes in my life . . . but also found that wishing it so won’t necessarily make it so. And sometimes that isn’t such a bad thing.”

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Molly Fisk: Pick a Word for the Year

January 1, 2015 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

In January, we should be sitting in front of the fire reading books or dozing, like the big mammals we are. Choosing a word for the year doesn’t go against the seasonal requirements of our inner grizzly.

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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

December 30, 2014 by Roz Warren


New Year’s Eve plans, from the exultant (“Getting married on New Year’s Eve has long been a dream of ours that finally came together”) to the sour (“I make it my mission to go to bed before the ball drops.”)

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Molly Fisk on the Languorous Lull

December 27, 2014 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

What this time of year always makes me think of is the lull in those old black-and-white French movies after a torrid sex scene, when the two lovers lean back into their pillows and light cigarettes.

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Molly Fisk on Moral Fiber

December 20, 2014 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

“I secretly sneered at other procrastinators, arguing inside my head that MY tendency to “do things at the last minute” was a creative maneuver, not just sloth or poor time management, as theirs was.”

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