Molly Fisk: The Great Crossing

August 29, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Every autumn we hold a triathlon to honor a local woman who died of cancer and raise money for cancer research. Four hundred women participate, some alone and some in teams, and the mood is vibrant, full of solidarity.

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Molly Fisk: Weed-Whacking, the Anti-Depressant

August 22, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I’m feeling grateful, delighted, relieved, and did I say grateful? Incredibly grateful. I’m quite sure that actual lines on my forehead are disappearing as the grass succumbs to their machines. Their parents would probably disagree, but for me, these kids are human Botox.

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Molly Fisk: This Is My Life?

August 15, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Maybe some people step back when they’re my age and say: THERE, I did it! I built that skyscraper, or even that chicken coop. I raised five kids and now look how great they are! What happens to me is I get floored by minutiae. Squishing toothpaste onto my brush, I suddenly think, “Again? I have to do this AGAIN?!” Washing dishes, I look at a blue glass I bought in Cambridge in 1983 and do the math. “I’ve been washing this glass for 29 years?! Are you KIDDING me????”

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Molly Fisk: The Party to Whom I Am Speaking

August 8, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

The Millennial Generation uses text messaging almost exclusively, which, in case you’ve been living on Neptune, means spelling things very fast on your cell phone.

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Molly Fisk: Big Rock Candy Mountain

August 1, 2015 by Molly Fisk

The Big Rock Candy Mountain

By Molly Fisk

I’ve decided this might be the week for me to run away from home . . . I just want another life. Does that ever happen to you? This whole racket of being grown-up and responsible is completely overrated.

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Molly Fisk: Meanwhile

July 25, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Meanwhile, the world is going on: Politicians in Washington and Sacramento are bailing out and budgeting, snakes are shedding their skins in my creek bottom, families in war zones are mourning their dead. It all happens at once, all the time, and you can’t stop it.

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This Essay Needs a Better Title

July 24, 2015 by Roz Warren

By Roz Warren

Titling has been never my strong suit. Writing a publishable essay? I can do that! But coming up with an amazing title for that essay? Not so much. Thank God for editors! And Facebook!

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Molly Fisk: Star-Gazing

July 18, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I’m someone who likes to see things proven, and watching the North Star hang in the sky just to the left of a pine tree has done a lot for my understanding of history.

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Money and Meaning: Can’t Buy Me Love

July 11, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Emotionally, money means so much in our culture. Having it is good, but too much makes people jealous. Not having any erases you from the world. The unacknowledged punishment meted out to poor people, blaming them for their condition, is one of the huge social crimes of the last five centuries. I’m sick of it. I want to see money as what it is: a means of trade, not a four-leaf clover or a moral yardstick.

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Borrowing Other People’s Mothers

June 27, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

I loved my own mom, and consciously took on lots of her characteristics, too. But borrowing mothers who were different from her, whom I didn’t have to defend against their own choices and sadness, enriches my life to no end.

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The House-Finch Dilemma

June 20, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

My grandmother carried my family’s conviction that there wasn’t going to be enough love, so you had to use it sparingly, and this turns out to be wrong. There’s plenty of love, and using it creates more of it.

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The Joy of Reaching Out

June 13, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

As an upper-middle-class Yankee, making the required phone calls went against every rule I’d ever been taught. We were the helpers, not the helpees! You don’t talk about your troubles, and you certainly don’t ask anyone else to handle them for you.

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Gearing Up for Immortality

June 6, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

This was my first time being on YouTube, and like any sensible person, I was terrified. Once you’re on YouTube, people will be able to watch you for the next 2,000 years.

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The Cactus Thief and the Would-Be Library Lap Dancer

June 5, 2015 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Our favorite librarian polled her fellow shelvers in order to make this list of Outrageous Questions People Ask Librarians. Under the “Hanky-Panky” Category: “Last week, a patron asked me to have sex with him in the alley.”

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Pure Pleasure; or, Boosting Those Feel-Good Chemicals!

May 30, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

When was the last time you went out dancing? Used a Hula-Hoop? Sang with other people, and not because you’re part of a Lovin’ Spoonful cover band?

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