THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: A Holiday Mosaic

November 27, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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The scents, the songs, the family traditions, the quirky (but lovable) guests—these are life-enriching deposits in our memory banks. We asked “Women’s Voices” writers to look back over the years and share with us the Thanksgiving reflections that make them smile.

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Molly Fisk: The Red and the Gray

November 15, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

When you go snorkeling, Sarah says, there are millions of incredible fish, including parrotfish, in all those same amazing parrot colors. And among the parrotfish, there’s a gray one, with a red tail! “You can’t think the universe lacks a sense of humor when you come across something like this. What other reason could there be?”

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Molly Fisk: On Spending Daylight

November 1, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Having the sun come up again so early throws my nervous system back into midsummer. Even though the woodstove is warm and there’s frost on my office roof, I’m awash in early-August optimism.

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Today Is World Vegan Day. So Why Aren’t I a Vegan?

November 1, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

You wake up in the morning and vow: Today is the day! I’m really going to do this thing. You stay Plant Strong, Just Saying No to the many non-vegan choices that are offered to you. Then, one too-tempting nibble of this or tiny taste of that and—bam!—you’re merely a vegetarian. Or, worse, a carnivore.

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Too Female for Comfort; or, How a Woman Becomes “the Other”

October 25, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

In which a passenger on an El Al flight from New York refuses to be seated next to a woman. To give a religious reason for the refusal, writes the woman affected, “doesn’t excuse the insult.”

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Molly Fisk: On Being Fat

October 18, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Fat is ranked at the bottom of our culture’s—pardon me—food chain, below wife-beaters, child molesters, and ax murderers. It’s insane.

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Doctor My Eyes: The Ultimate Cataract-Surgery Mix Tape

October 11, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

QUESTION: “What’s the best song to sing to your doctor before cataract surgery?”

ANSWER: “I Only Have Eyes For You.”

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Molly Fisk: An Unmarried Woman

October 7, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I have an embarrassing suspicion that there’s magical thinking involved too, like the idea that if I’m not married, I won’t get to live happily ever after. None of those fairy tales ever said that the maiden aunt got to live happily ever after. Usually she was eaten by a wolf.

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Jasmine Tridevil’s Tale

September 27, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

A wry look at the year’s most appalling publicity stunt.

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Molly Fisk: “How’s It Working for You?”

September 20, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Sometimes, when you least expect it, an idea comes into your life and radically changes your perspective. I got lucky this week; two complementary ideas walked in my open door hand in hand.

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Molly Fisk: The Thing With Feathers

September 6, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

If you stand still for a minute in the center of your living room, the whole world will turn around you, as if you were the earth’s axis. Every event you’ve ever heard of is happening simultaneously. Bugs are having sex, grizzly bears are fording rivers, eggs are breaking: some to reveal baby great blue herons, others to produce mushroom omelets at the Ritz.

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How to Break Your Toe in One Easy Step

August 16, 2014 by Roz Warren

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Roz Warren’s Facebook friends find many inventive ways to snap a toe. For instance, “I broke my big toe coming down from a headstand.”

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Molly Fisk: Do Something Backward

August 9, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Following a daily routine is like floating down a calm river in the sun, humming a little nameless tune . . . just before you hear that funny rumbling sound, and your mind, in its lazy, somnolent state, adds two and two together to make “rapids.” The universe arranges disasters for people like you.

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Molly Fisk on Birchsong

July 26, 2014 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

When the birch snapped and woke me up, one of the 200 simultaneous swirling thoughts in my head—right after “Am I alive?”—was, “Hey! I can still hear!”

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Yes, You Can Call me ‘Ma’am’!

July 8, 2014 by Eleanore Wells

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By Eleanore Wells

Back then I didn’t want to be addressed as “ma’am.” “Ma’am” is a lady of 50 years or older, which technically I was, but I had a much fresher attitude . . . or so I thought.

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