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

April 18, 2015 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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Nancy Weber . Illustration by Sheila Phalon.

Nancy Weber

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


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


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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