The Myth About Alcohol

Dear Reader, I'm going to let you in on a little secret — they want you to think a few after-work drinks is normal. There is practically a TV trope of the working adult coming home in the evening and cracking a beer/ sipping a glass of wine/ mixing a martini. Our culture is low-key in... Continue Reading →

After the Best Four Years

Dear Reader, Just shy of a decade ago, I was in college taking classes. Today, I’m in graduate school taking classes. Not much has changed, right? On the contrary, so much has changed! I feel great now and am (kind of, probably) “better” now than I was as an 18-to-22-year-old. Some things just get better... Continue Reading →

A Morning Creature Once More

Dear Reader, There is something magical about the early morning. In Spanish there is a curious word that describes the period of darkness in the wee hours before sunrise. This word “madrugada” does not have an exact English translation but means “early morning.” Back in 2019, I wrote a similar post about the perks of... Continue Reading →

Off to the Races (Part 2)

Dear Reader, I write this post to you in a mild state of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), as I have just completed my first (and last) half marathon the day before. (See here for part 1 of this post.) If a half marathon is an iceberg, the training is everything beneath the water and... Continue Reading →

Off to the Races (Part 1)

Dear Reader, As a child, writing and running were two things that I despised. Today, in apparent betrayal of the small human I used to be, I will blog about my half-marathon journey. Have any of you run a half-marathon? I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that… it’s a (half-)marathon, not a sprint….... Continue Reading →

Keeping Beauty, New England

Dear Reader, Photos capture memories. Once when I was studying abroad, a friend of mine said “let’s not take a picture, let’s just live in the moment.” Maybe he was just annoyed with all the camera clicking or maybe he really thought a moment not documented was richer —I’m not sure, however, I did not... Continue Reading →

Easy Vegetarian Quiche

Dear Reader, I’m going to let you in on a little secret — it’s not hard to make a good quiche. Recently, at a potluck event, my little vegetable quiche surprisingly garnered a handful of compliments. How did you make it? What’s your secret? I was taken aback because quiche is incredibly simple to make and... Continue Reading →

When You Find What You Love

Dear Reader, Do you have any hobbies? More importantly, do you have any that you love? Weirdly, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered how valuable it can be to have an interest that fulfills you. Recently, I have gotten into the art of make believe (i.e. acting). Some gigs have been simple, like the... Continue Reading →

Baby Plane

Dear Reader, Asking about someone’s weight is awkward at best and downright rude at worst. However, when the ticketing agent at the Boston Logan airport asked me how much I weighed, I already knew that this question was not only standard, but also crucial. For a last-minute work trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts, I was in... Continue Reading →

Hikers in the Fog

Dear Reader, There is a beloved Soviet short film called “Hedgehog in the fog” (yozhik v tumane) that depicts an adorable, little rodent who pokes around in a murky wood to find his friend “bear.” With no more than 10 minutes of action, this 1975 cartoon has been embraced by international audiences and endures as... Continue Reading →

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