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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Survival Training for Daylight Saving Time

March 14, 2016 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

This year I set my clock ahead one week before the time change as an experiment. I knew that the time on my personal devices was an hour ahead of the actual time but I decided to try “mind over reality.” I woke up and went to work an hour earlier all last week and went to bed an hour earlier as well.

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Molly Fisk: Book. Cover. You Know the Drill.

March 12, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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The strange thing about humans is how little one can deduce just by looking at them. Sure, there’s the obvious: tall, short, thin, stout, straight hair or curly, old or young. Skin color. Clothing style. Syntax. But even though our minds are usually making snap judgements and concocting stories about everyone we see, the real stories almost never show on the outside.

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Damn All the Experts, Full Speed Ahead!

March 7, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

Rather than having a panic attack over the very real possibility of putting the nuclear button in the hand of a political novice who never ran for office, practiced law or served in the military, let’s take a deep breadth and look at the other ways to put experienced professionals where they belong. In the unemployment line!

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Molly Fisk: Baby Snake Season

March 5, 2016 by Molly Fisk

But the real harbinger of spring in my mind is the baby snake. Not every household pays attention to baby snakes, but if you have any cats who were abandoned in and then rescued from a barn in San Luis Obispo, you’ll know what I mean.

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