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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Molly Fisk: Glass Houses

April 30, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Humans are made up mostly of water, stardust, and self-involvement. Our main lifetime recreation is making mistakes. Even if you’ve never once done anything wrong — and pardon me while I raise an eyebrow — it really is tempting Fate to cast the first stone.

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Molly Fisk: Younger Friends

April 23, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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I like the energy of people young enough to be my children, which I don’t get anywhere else, since I don’t have kids of my own. There’s so much fun stuff going on in the world that this age group is interested in and I know nothing about.

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Molly Fisk: Proximity and Distance

April 16, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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This week I’ve been thinking about proximity and distance. When you’re a poet you get to do this sort of thing and actually admit it to people — thinking is part of your job description, and the odder the subject matter, the better.

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Molly Fisk: Poetry Is All Yours

April 9, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Poetry gives us permission. It reminds us that we are loved and we are human.

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Roz Warren: Damn! It’s a Low-Salt Life for Us

April 4, 2016 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Pouring salt on my food is one of the cornerstones of my identity. “Would you like some soup with your salt?” my brother-in-law will joke, watching me rain salt into his delicious homemade fish chowder.

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Molly Fisk: It’s Curtains

April 2, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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It’s probably time to confess I have a few long-standing addictions, and one of them is to ironing. I need to iron something at least once a decade or I don’t seem to be able to function.

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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2:’ The Sequel We Didn’t Know We Were Waiting For

March 29, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Virtually every single character from ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ is back. And the familiar cast appears to be having a wonderful time.

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The Bright Side: What—Me Worry?

March 28, 2016 by C.A. Martin

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By Cecilia Martin

The capacity for healthy denial is part of what terrorists target when they attack. They provoke the fear—a fear we all know is somewhat true—that anything can happen, anytime, anywhere.

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Molly Fisk: More Than Your John Hancock

March 26, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Do me a favor, and write something by hand today, just to prove you haven’t forgotten how. Please? For me? A song lyric, a to-do list. A home-made prayer.

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Library Law: Checking in Books and Breaking Up Fights

March 23, 2016 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

We librarians are expected to check out your books and answer your reference questions. But we’re often called upon to perform other tasks. For example, breaking up fights between moms in our play area.

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International Happiness Day: Color Us Green With Happiness

March 20, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

I have always felt that our physical environment has an effect on our moods. This may seem like a no-brainer, but not everyone is aware of the influence of aesthetics on our level of happiness. When you experience the sense of renewal that you feel from a weekend away in the country, some of that might be simply because you are trading concrete and strip malls for trees and sunlight.

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Right-Sizing Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

March 18, 2016 by Sandy Wilbur

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By Sandy Wilbur

“We discovered quickly that the real estate market in our farm area was deader than a doornail. Gorgeous places spent years on the market before being sold way below cost. So for the foreseeable future, selling and getting a smaller place didn’t look likely to happen. What to do?”

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