Molly Fisk on Birdsong

April 25, 2015 by Molly Fisk


The birdsong chorus is a wonderful melee, a beautiful cacophony, both melodic and chaotic, a crazy din. It reminds me of the way Utah Phillips sometimes ended his concerts.

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Seattle, Swooning Over Spring

April 20, 2015 by Toni Myers

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By Toni Myers

Two weeks ago, our frequent contributor Toni Myers found herself so captivated by the lush beauty of Seattle in the spring that she sat down and wrote this “Ode to Demeter and Persephone.”

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Coastal California, It’s Almost Always Spring

April 19, 2015 by Susanna Gaertner


Each year in early March the UCSC Arboretium gets hundreds of visitors eager to admire and photograph the mighty hummingbirds as they feed on red (their favorite color) grevillea and perform their 70-mph dives for mating displays.

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OUR SPRING INVITATION: Ah . . . April in Paris . . .

April 18, 2015 by Tish Jett


When I was in Paris earlier this week, I saw the most exuberant signal that spring has finally arrived: the chestnut trees in full bloom. I was conscious, once again, of that crystalline light that I associate with the city in printemps, particularly after the long, gray winter.

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Molly Fisk: Uncluttered and Standing Proud

April 18, 2015 by Molly Fisk


Oh, the pleasure, the satisfaction! A desk with no coffee rings, no inky thumbprints, no dead mosquito hawks! A desk with all those snaky electronic cords elegantly corralled by plastic cable-ties! Who knew that a fabulous 50-cent bright green cable-tie from Korea could work better than any antidepressant?

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Massachusetts, Awaiting the Peepers

April 12, 2015 by Judith A. Ross


By Judith A. Ross

The earliest signs of spring have gained a more personal meaning over the 20-odd years I’ve lived in my house just west of Boston. Their yearly return has become a reminder of my own resilience.

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Molly Fisk on Sniffing Around

April 11, 2015 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

Something about heat-soaked eucalyptus bark overlaid with a slight salty note from fog coming in off the Pacific is absolutely unmistakable. Marcel Proust had his famous madeleines. For me, taste is evocative, but scent is the sense most closely tied to my memory.

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Minnesota, Remembrance of Springs Past

April 10, 2015 by Diane Dettmann


By Diane Dettmann

As soon as the barn door opens in spring, Midwestern cows burst into the open fields and frolic—yes, frolic—in the grass.

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April 9, 2015 by Stacia Friedman


By Stacia Friedman

On the arrival of the first warm days of spring, Rittenhouse Square, the poshest piece of real estate in the city, turns into a beach as office workers and students spread out blankets and strip down to, well, their tattoos.

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: In New York City, a Many-Pleasured Spring

April 4, 2015 by Nancy Weber


By Nancy Weber

“Open the gates!” Spring cries. “Open the windows and let the new air in! Open the baseball season . . . open the sidewalk cafés . . .”

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Molly Fisk on April Anxiety

April 3, 2015 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

How Molly Fisk grew up and learned to stop fearing the IRS.

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Welcome Spring! An April Invitation

April 1, 2015 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

What do you plan to do to welcome April, the stand-in for the concept of spring? We in New York City, jaded as we are, have long given up on spring’s delivering, on the official date of arrival, anything but cold weather and threats of snow. But April brings more than showers here. New York really begins to bloom in the tender month.

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CHANGE? Jerolyn Morrison Responds to Our March Challenge

March 29, 2015 by Jerolyn Morrison


By Jerolyn Morrison

Ah, mundane routine! Surprisingly enough, that’s what anthropologist/archaeologist/potter Jerolyn Morrison longs to bring back into her life.

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Molly Fisk: Of Ecstasy and Laundry, Buddhism and Birds

March 28, 2015 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

My last moment of ecstasy? It was probably one of two things. Either I wrote a poem that I really liked, and felt that electric moment afterward of intense satisfaction and rightness. Or else it had something to do with birds.

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CHANGE: Shelley Singer’s Response to Our March Challenge

March 25, 2015 by Shelley Singer


By Shelley Singer

“I’m not suggesting that we woman of a certain age take on nothing new—only that we be kind to ourselves and make the change when it feels right.”

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