The Grocery-List Tattoo

May 23, 2015 by Molly Fisk


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


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


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


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


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

April 18, 2015 by Tish Jett


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


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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