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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Dog Names

July 5, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

So you don’t want to give your dog an ordinary name like Fido or Spot. And you love books. So, naturally, you turn to your favorite literary classics when it’s time to name the new puppy.

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July 4 in Afton, Minnesota: Heartfelt in the Heartland

July 2, 2014 by Diane Dettmann

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By Diane Dettmann

Afton, just fifteen miles east of downtown St. Paul, is a step back in time. Afton has no shopping malls, fast food restaurants, or stoplights. On a normal day it has very little traffic. Well, a traffic jam might happen if more than three cars arrive at the post office at the same time.

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Looking Backward: The Most Daring Thing I Ever Did

June 28, 2014 by Susanna Gaertner

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By Susanna Gaertner

Looking back on my ‘fraidy-cat youth, I am still astonished at how calmly I undertook the preparations for this drama—and am satisfied that I colluded with my stern and humorless mother in so outrageous a prank.

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The World According to Weber: Connecting Across the Great Divides

May 29, 2014 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

The family game board permits a singular and wonderful emotional experience: You play to win, but take pleasure in the triumphs of your opponents—who are, after all, people you love.

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Prosopagnosia! I’m Face Blind. Who the Hell Are You?

May 10, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

I try not to assume that I know who you are until you tell me something that nails it. And because I don’t know if you’re a close friend, a sworn enemy, or a total stranger, I greet everyone with a smile.

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