Michelina’s Snails

June 29, 2016 by Amy K. Hughes


By Amy K. Hughes

Snails were on the ceiling, under the fridge, heading up the walls. The dish, Nonna Michelina explained to me, would involve feeding the snails for several days to purge them of what they had been eating outside and to season them. She would feed them polenta and fresh herbs and give them wine to drink.

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‘Table for One’: Battle Cry of the Single Woman

June 28, 2016 by Stacia Friedman


By Stacia Friedman

When you’re reuniting with childhood friends or meeting “eligible” men, there is always the underlying question: What is WRONG with you?

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Molly Fisk: I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me

June 25, 2016 by Molly Fisk


I love the moon at any stage, from faint silver thumbnail to fat gold globe rising behind all the spiky pine trees across the street.

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Molly Fisk: Misquoted

May 14, 2016 by Molly Fisk


I didn’t realize how quickly my words could be turned in directions I wasn’t intending them to go.

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Molly Fisk: Starting Over

May 7, 2016 by Molly Fisk


Starting over has had other benefits — reminding me what it’s like to know nothing, not even what questions to ask.

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Molly Fisk: Glass Houses

April 30, 2016 by Molly Fisk


Humans are made up mostly of water, stardust, and self-involvement. Our main lifetime recreation is making mistakes. Even if you’ve never once done anything wrong — and pardon me while I raise an eyebrow — it really is tempting Fate to cast the first stone.

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Molly Fisk: It’s Curtains

April 2, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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It’s probably time to confess I have a few long-standing addictions, and one of them is to ironing. I need to iron something at least once a decade or I don’t seem to be able to function.

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Molly Fisk: More Than Your John Hancock

March 26, 2016 by Molly Fisk


Do me a favor, and write something by hand today, just to prove you haven’t forgotten how. Please? For me? A song lyric, a to-do list. A home-made prayer.

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Poker, Bunco, and Other Games Women Play

March 22, 2016 by Deborah Harkins


By Deborah Harkins

The conversation can get spirited; these are not the clenched-teeth poker sessions you see in old Western movies . . . gunslingers silently throwing down cards. “There are a lot of egos around the table,” Brownmiller says, “and lots of things have happened to people around the table in the last few weeks . . . . We are all competitive, and nobody likes to lose.”

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International Happiness Day: Color Us Green With Happiness

March 20, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

I have always felt that our physical environment has an effect on our moods. This may seem like a no-brainer, but not everyone is aware of the influence of aesthetics on our level of happiness. When you experience the sense of renewal that you feel from a weekend away in the country, some of that might be simply because you are trading concrete and strip malls for trees and sunlight.

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Right-Sizing Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

March 18, 2016 by Sandy Wilbur

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By Sandy Wilbur

“We discovered quickly that the real estate market in our farm area was deader than a doornail. Gorgeous places spent years on the market before being sold way below cost. So for the foreseeable future, selling and getting a smaller place didn’t look likely to happen. What to do?”

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St. Patrick’s Day: Stop the Madness

March 17, 2016 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

The day commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and is meant to celebrate the heritage and culture of Ireland.

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Survival Training for Daylight Saving Time

March 14, 2016 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

This year I set my clock ahead one week before the time change as an experiment. I knew that the time on my personal devices was an hour ahead of the actual time but I decided to try “mind over reality.” I woke up and went to work an hour earlier all last week and went to bed an hour earlier as well.

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Molly Fisk: Not Reading

February 27, 2016 by Molly Fisk

Day 305 of 365 - Read On Mr. Potter

Those of you who know me and know my 365 project will not be surprised that when presented with a prop like Trevor's halloween costume I would not be able to leave it being used just once.    Thus I give you the spectacles from the costume in this composition.   It is also a part of my learn out to focus the flippin lensbaby project.   I think that part turned out well though I might not have chosen such an extremely small sweet spot for it in this composition.  In any case I give you day 305 :) Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and halloween!

I’m trying not to read. According to the teacher of a class I’m taking, one week of reading deprivation will teach me more about my own habits of avoidance than any other method.

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Love at Last

February 14, 2016 by Judith A. Ross


By Judith A. Ross

“You were, to my then young but critical eyes, a bit homely— nothing at all like the ideal I had carried around in my head for so long.”

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