Molly Fisk: How to Avoid a Boring Life

September 3, 2016 by Molly Fisk


I am never sorry when things turn out to be free, even though I was armed with small bills. And I’m always happy to be directed to secret locations, since much of the time I try to live my life as if I were a Russian spy only masquerading as a middle-aged American poet.

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Molly Fisk: Ready for Anything?

August 20, 2016 by Molly Fisk


Probably the same principle operates in humans about disaster planning as it does about death. Somewhere in our deepest secret heart of hearts, we can’t believe it will happen to us. This principle is why people marry more than twice, and still buy homes in Florida with a straight face.

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The Women Who Were First by Grit and Grace

July 28, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change


“What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit and it takes grace,” Meryl Streep says. We agree.

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Molly Fisk: Blackberry Picking

July 16, 2016 by Molly Fisk


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Photo by via Flickr. (Creative Commons License)

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


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


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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