Molly Fisk Molly Fisk is the author of the essay collections "Houston, We Have a Possum," "Using Your Turn Signal Promotes World Peace," and "Blow-Drying a Chicken," as well as the poetry collections "The More Difficult Beauty" and "Listening to Winter." She was recently named Poet Laureate of Nevada County, California, and is also Poet Laureate of KVMR in Nevada City, CA and Hell's Backbone Grill in Boulder, UT. Her essays have aired weekly as part of the News Hour of KVMR-FM Nevada City since 2005. Fisk has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She teaches writing and works as a life coach in the Skills for Change tradition. Visit her at mollyfisk.com.
Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Because August

By Molly Fisk
There's a joke that says in August people all over the midwest lock their car doors, while the rest of the time they don't bother. . . It's not about theft, it's about generosity. The doors are locked so your neighbors don't sneak in and leave you bags of enormous unsightly zucchini.
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Molly Fisk: Naming Your Teeth

By Molly Fisk
A three-year-old I know just explained to his mom that he needed an umbrella because it was hot in the yard and “there isn't a shade structure.” Coffee almost flew out my nose when she told me this, I was laughing so hard.
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Renting A Wife

By Molly Fisk
Long, long ago, I think it was the 1980s, a business appeared on the radar called Rent-a-Wife. For a reasonable sum per hour, they'd pick up your dry cleaning, wait for the plumber, return videos and library books, maybe do a little grocery shopping.
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Health

Molly Fisk: Fair Weather

By Molly Fisk
I see people from all parts of my life at the fair: Cardiac Rehab buddies, grocery store bag-persons, kids I taught poetry to in the sixth grade. The fair sort of has its own rules: it's half Breughel painting, half time-travel science-fiction movie.
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Ferris Wheel

By Molly Fisk
When I was 14, I developed a short list of requirements for being a good girlfriend. Heaven knows where I got this idea, maybe from reading 'Seventeen Magazine.' You had to be able to gut a fish and cook it. You had to be brave enough to go skydiving (but only once per boyfriend).
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Gutter Girl*

By Molly Fisk
Despite not being an expert, I love bowling. When else do we get to play any more? So if someone offers you a million dollars to guess what I’m doing on a Wednesday night, now you know. After you’ve picked up the money, come join us: Bowling is good for the soul.
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Nine Short Lives

By Molly Fisk
Maybe there’s a symbiotic reason we fall so hard for animals. Maybe it helps to rehearse a few entire life cycles before we’re faced with the end of our own. I don’t know. Today, I just want everything to stay the same forever, and all of it to be kind, and sweet, and easy.
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Molly Fisk: Rag Dolls

By Molly Fisk
I miss that glorious sense of wealth when I’d look at the seven dolls or 35 sweaters covering my kitchen table. Tangible things I made myself: clean and perfect and in multiples! There’s nothing like it.
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Lifestyle

Molly Fisk: Naked Lady Pearsauce

By Molly Fisk
Until I moved to this house, I didn't know what to do with a plethora of pears, but last fall some friends and I decided if you could make applesauce then you could certainly make pearsauce, and we spent a weekend in a steaming kitchen proving this.
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