Molly Fisk: Blackberry Picking

July 16, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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When you live by yourself, you get a lot of leeway in the food department.

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Molly Fisk: Jealousy Is Your Friend

July 9, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Jealousy isn’t only an indicator of what to try next, it’s a wonderful fuel for action.

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Molly Fisk: Heat Wave

July 2, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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It’s July all of a sudden — how did that happen!

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Michelina’s Snails

June 29, 2016 by Amy K. Hughes

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By Amy K. Hughes

Snails were on the ceiling, under the fridge, heading up the walls. The dish, Nonna Michelina explained to me, would involve feeding the snails for several days to purge them of what they had been eating outside and to season them. She would feed them polenta and fresh herbs and give them wine to drink.

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‘Table for One’: Battle Cry of the Single Woman

June 28, 2016 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

When you’re reuniting with childhood friends or meeting “eligible” men, there is always the underlying question: What is WRONG with you?

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Molly Fisk: I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me

June 25, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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I love the moon at any stage, from faint silver thumbnail to fat gold globe rising behind all the spiky pine trees across the street.

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Molly Fisk: Misquoted

May 14, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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I didn’t realize how quickly my words could be turned in directions I wasn’t intending them to go.

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Molly Fisk: Starting Over

May 7, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Starting over has had other benefits — reminding me what it’s like to know nothing, not even what questions to ask.

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Molly Fisk: Glass Houses

April 30, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Humans are made up mostly of water, stardust, and self-involvement. Our main lifetime recreation is making mistakes. Even if you’ve never once done anything wrong — and pardon me while I raise an eyebrow — it really is tempting Fate to cast the first stone.

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Molly Fisk: It’s Curtains

April 2, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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It’s probably time to confess I have a few long-standing addictions, and one of them is to ironing. I need to iron something at least once a decade or I don’t seem to be able to function.

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Molly Fisk: More Than Your John Hancock

March 26, 2016 by Molly Fisk

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Do me a favor, and write something by hand today, just to prove you haven’t forgotten how. Please? For me? A song lyric, a to-do list. A home-made prayer.

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Poker, Bunco, and Other Games Women Play

March 22, 2016 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

The conversation can get spirited; these are not the clenched-teeth poker sessions you see in old Western movies . . . gunslingers silently throwing down cards. “There are a lot of egos around the table,” Brownmiller says, “and lots of things have happened to people around the table in the last few weeks . . . . We are all competitive, and nobody likes to lose.”

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International Happiness Day: Color Us Green With Happiness

March 20, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

I have always felt that our physical environment has an effect on our moods. This may seem like a no-brainer, but not everyone is aware of the influence of aesthetics on our level of happiness. When you experience the sense of renewal that you feel from a weekend away in the country, some of that might be simply because you are trading concrete and strip malls for trees and sunlight.

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Right-Sizing Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

March 18, 2016 by Sandy Wilbur

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By Sandy Wilbur

“We discovered quickly that the real estate market in our farm area was deader than a doornail. Gorgeous places spent years on the market before being sold way below cost. So for the foreseeable future, selling and getting a smaller place didn’t look likely to happen. What to do?”

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St. Patrick’s Day: Stop the Madness

March 17, 2016 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

The day commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and is meant to celebrate the heritage and culture of Ireland.

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