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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Decoding “Wisdom”

May 6, 2014 by Susan Lieberman

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By Susan Lieberman

There are lots of less than desirable things about aging, one of which is that we come closer and closer to death. But, it seems, one of the lovely things is that we get released from the grip of “ordinary.”

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Roz Reviews: “Now I See You”—Flipping the Finger at Fate

May 3, 2014 by Roz Warren

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When you learn that your vision is seriously impaired and getting worse—take to the trapeze! What could possibly go wrong?

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Radical Middle-Aged Cake Acceptance: A Modest Proposal

April 5, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Is there a scientific name for this crazy cake phobia—the terror that strikes the hearts of otherwise sane and mature women when offered a delicious dessert?

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The World According to Weber: Don’t Hate Me, but I Hope It Rains on Sunday

April 5, 2014 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

What a dream of a forecast! At last, a Sunday that will live up to its name, Weather Underground promised when I consulted it on Thursday. So why am I steaming? Why (oh, forgive me) am I hoping for just a wee drop of rain?

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Terrible Tuesday: You Should Have Stayed in Bed Today

April 1, 2014 by Nancy Weber

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Who can forget “Black Monday,” October 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones average plunged 508 points? But it’s the next day that financial insiders will always remember as the true nadir. . .

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