Molly Fisk: Menopause & Woodpile

February 6, 2016 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

I’ve always been a little mulish about practical things. Identified with the grasshopper instead of the ants. Maybe using this wood stove is my better self’s method of reminding me to grow up. (Better late than never. . .) Jack Kornfield titled one of his Zen books, “After the Ecstasy, the Laundry.” In my case it’s “After Insomnia, the Woodpile.”

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Molly Fisk: Ursus Californiensis

January 30, 2016 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

I don’t have any coaching clients today, nor writing deadlines, edits due, blog posts to think up. It’s just me, January, and rain. I could and possibly should write a poem about this. Or I could build a fire instead, eat some soup, and take a nap, thereby bowing at the altar of my inner California black bear (Ursus americanus californiensis).

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Is Frugality in Your Gene Pool?

January 22, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

By Stacia Friedman

In the late 1960s, Grandma still had flapper dresses tucked in her closet, and she showed up to work at her Center City pharmacy attired like a silent-film star. Her penny-pinching had nothing to do with her finances. By all standards, Grandma was loaded.

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Molly Fisk: Deportee

January 9, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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The central immigration issue here is that our stop-sign-runner stayed in the U.S. after her three-month visa expired. For, um, 15 years. This is the part where human compassion comes in, a compassion not in evidence on TV and newspaper polls, where many people said vitriolic things and voted to deport.

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New Year’s Day Resolution: Right-Sizing Life

January 1, 2016 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

This year The Husband and I have decided to right-size our lives. Our resolution is to right-size the way we would like to live now. We want to have a smaller apartment in the city and find a house in the country, a house that is far enough away to prevent daily commuting into New York City but close enough for long weekends by car and convenient for family and friends to join us.

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Molly Fisk: The Swan

December 26, 2015 by Molly Fisk


When I’m feeling insane about the relentless materialism of an American Christmas, I go visit the swans. I want you to go, too. Take your binoculars, camera, mittens, and a thermos of hot cider. Bring your kids and your father-in-law. Forget about gravy and piles of presents under the tree. Instead, stand in the stark landscape of winter and gaze at a different Christmas miracle: swans by the murmuring acre.

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Christmas Envy

December 21, 2015 by Grace Graupe-Pillard


By Grace Graupe-Pillard

I have never seen a tree, whether at Rockefeller Center or The White House, that can compare to the ones that a New York City “five and dime” store on 181st Street, just off Broadway erected for Christmas, covered with glittering baubles, and flakes of snow, with the height and mass of a mountain crowned by a brilliant golden star. A tree that tapped into a child’s hunger for inspiration and enchantment.

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Molly Fisk: Cats at Christmas

December 19, 2015 by Molly Fisk


I thought about putting up a Christmas tree this year, and then I just started to laugh. A person with seven cats, four of them teenagers, would have to be seriously deluded to put up a tree and think it would stay standing for even one night.

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Molly Fisk: A Dark Night in the Daytime

December 5, 2015 by Molly Fisk


If there is a God, perhaps he or she rotates the human burden of grief and this is my month to help carry it. Or maybe a coral-pink tree frog deep in the Amazon just went extinct, and I’m the person assigned to mourn.

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The New Thanksgiving: Memories of a Faithful Dog

November 29, 2015 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Fifty years ago, Jim adopted his first dog from a shelter. He told me how much all the dogs he had cared for over the years had meant to him.

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Molly Fisk: Divine Spark

November 28, 2015 by Molly Fisk


I was thinking about age. How I’d worked with an 80-year-old client that morning, and then had dinner with a 32-year-old friend. That I’d see my oldest student the next day, who’s 95, and am slated to give driving lessons to a 15-year-old I adore. I was thinking. . .how much I treasure everyone I know and how encircled I feel by people of all ages.

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Molly Fisk: You Say Tom-AY-to

November 21, 2015 by Molly Fisk


I don’t know about you, but everyone in my town right now is harvesting things and canning them, or freezing or drying or pressing, etc.

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The Land of Oz . . . One Month In

November 19, 2015 by Eleanore Wells

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By Eleanore Wells

Sydney is just beautiful. I walk around this city in awe that this is now my life. I’m just bopping along and then I look up and am gobsmacked by yet another beautiful scene.

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Molly Fisk: Carmel-by-the-Silvery-Sea

October 31, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I find it difficult, as a self-employed person, to figure out how to take vacations. Outside the obvious parameters of teaching a two-hour class or editing someone’s manuscript, it’s hard to really account for any of my time.

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Molly Fisk: The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness

October 24, 2015 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

What I’m thinking about right now is the paper-thin line between solitude and loneliness — why the first is replenishing and the second debilitating.

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