Diary of an Oscars Weekend, Part II

February 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

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By Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

An insider’s look at a playwright/producer/screenwriter’s working weekend in Hollywood. Many parties are involved.

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Diary of a Documentary Filmmaker During Oscars Weekend

February 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

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By Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

What’s it like out there in Hollywood during Oscars weekend? Playwright/producer/screenwriter Elizabeth Hemmerdinger lets us know.

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Molly Fisk: There’s a Third Place for Us

February 21, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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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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Molly Fisk: Kissprints Under the Snow

February 14, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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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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Crossroads: “Nice Was Nice, but . . .”

February 12, 2015 by Susan Lapinski

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Susan Lapinski

My friends and I could barely keep our footing as we trudged from the rock festival to the train station in defeat. I must have looked particularly soaked and sad, because a brown-eyed man in pink corduroy jeans stepped out of the crowd, smiled, and silently offered me an orange. That was Michel.

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Crossroads: She Moved to Paris for Work—and Stayed for Love

February 12, 2015 by Tish Jett

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Then I remembered one of my favorite French sayings: “It’s better to have regrets than remorse.” Never mind if some argue that it’s merely a game of semantics. I thought I wanted to live my life, as much as possible, without one day looking back thinking, “I wish I had . . .”

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Molly Fisk: Good Wishes

February 7, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I’ve always felt that the early morning hours were precious. The birdsong, the way the sun slants benignly across the world. Being up early makes me feel as though I have money in the bank. The world is mine.

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Molly Fisk: The Power of Anger; or, Hexed by a Bear

January 31, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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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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Crossroads: Choosing the Path to Ignorance

January 25, 2015 by Nancy Weber

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At one fork in her life’s road, our resident contrarian, Nancy Weber, took the wrong path—and, of course, she relishes telling us about her life-altering mistake.

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Molly Fisk on Keeping Secrets

January 24, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I want grocery aisles and church pews and minor-league baseball bleachers to fill with the sound of spilled secrets. Tell them all, and then take a deep breath. No guilt allowed.

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Molly Fisk: A Whiter Shade of Pale

January 17, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

A complicated morning for our Molly.

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Molly Fisk on Crying

January 10, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I don’t think I’m losing my mind. I just get overwhelmed for no reason by the urge to cry.
Maybe this is one of the functions of women my age: It’s our job to cry the unshed tears for whatever needs to be mourned.

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Things We Resolve NOT to Do in the New Year

January 9, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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Resolve: Not to die (loved ones included). And there shall be absolutely no talking about body parts at dinner.

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Molly Fisk: Give Me a Break!

January 3, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I wrestle with the strangely compelling idea that I deserve some sort of break. I don’t know if this is because I’m white, or American, or was raised upper-middle class, or all of the above, but it comes over me quickly, and with great force.

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Twerking, Flirting, Pole Dancing: Dr. Pat Reflects on the Vows She Made Last Year

January 1, 2015 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“I chose a great many ‘age inappropriate’ resolutions as my focus for 2014, and made some changes in my life . . . but also found that wishing it so won’t necessarily make it so. And sometimes that isn’t such a bad thing.”

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