Molly Fisk: Meanwhile

July 25, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Meanwhile, the world is going on: Politicians in Washington and Sacramento are bailing out and budgeting, snakes are shedding their skins in my creek bottom, families in war zones are mourning their dead. It all happens at once, all the time, and you can’t stop it.

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This Essay Needs a Better Title

July 24, 2015 by Roz Warren

By Roz Warren

Titling has been never my strong suit. Writing a publishable essay? I can do that! But coming up with an amazing title for that essay? Not so much. Thank God for editors! And Facebook!

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Molly Fisk: Star-Gazing

July 18, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I’m someone who likes to see things proven, and watching the North Star hang in the sky just to the left of a pine tree has done a lot for my understanding of history.

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Money and Meaning: Can’t Buy Me Love

July 11, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Emotionally, money means so much in our culture. Having it is good, but too much makes people jealous. Not having any erases you from the world. The unacknowledged punishment meted out to poor people, blaming them for their condition, is one of the huge social crimes of the last five centuries. I’m sick of it. I want to see money as what it is: a means of trade, not a four-leaf clover or a moral yardstick.

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Borrowing Other People’s Mothers

June 27, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I loved my own mom, and consciously took on lots of her characteristics, too. But borrowing mothers who were different from her, whom I didn’t have to defend against their own choices and sadness, enriches my life to no end.

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The House-Finch Dilemma

June 20, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

My grandmother carried my family’s conviction that there wasn’t going to be enough love, so you had to use it sparingly, and this turns out to be wrong. There’s plenty of love, and using it creates more of it.

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The Joy of Reaching Out

June 13, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

As an upper-middle-class Yankee, making the required phone calls went against every rule I’d ever been taught. We were the helpers, not the helpees! You don’t talk about your troubles, and you certainly don’t ask anyone else to handle them for you.

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Gearing Up for Immortality

June 6, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

This was my first time being on YouTube, and like any sensible person, I was terrified. Once you’re on YouTube, people will be able to watch you for the next 2,000 years.

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The Cactus Thief and the Would-Be Library Lap Dancer

June 5, 2015 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Our favorite librarian polled her fellow shelvers in order to make this list of Outrageous Questions People Ask Librarians. Under the “Hanky-Panky” Category: “Last week, a patron asked me to have sex with him in the alley.”

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Pure Pleasure; or, Boosting Those Feel-Good Chemicals!

May 30, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

When was the last time you went out dancing? Used a Hula-Hoop? Sang with other people, and not because you’re part of a Lovin’ Spoonful cover band?

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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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