Famous, Funny, Female

Dear Reader, In the ever-expanding ocean of books, which waves are most likely to sweep you away? Some of us read deeply—checking out all books by the same author and others in the same genre—while others tend to read more broadly—choosing a mystery here or a sci-fi there, etc. And, of course, some of us... Continue Reading →

The New Normal

Dear Reader, Less than 3 in 10 Americans are able to or have the capacity to work at home. Unfortunately, the coronavirus crisis makes telework the only viable option for many, while others are forced to go without pay, or are even laid off entirely. I work a few part-time jobs and have been working... Continue Reading →

Socialization and Social Distancing

Dear Reader, If your life were a set of building blocks, your health would be the foundation. We all know that our physical wellbeing depends on the consumption of nutritious foods (in appropriate quantities), heart pumping and strengthening exercise, and adequate amounts of rest and water. Although sometimes the advice of our doctors falls onto... Continue Reading →

Market’s out of bread? DIY FTW*

*do it yourself for the win Dear Reader, What to do, what to do? That is something that I have been asking myself with increasing anxiety as I think about spending all of my waking hours at home in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. However, I have recently changed my mindset and am now... Continue Reading →

[Review] The Picture of Dorian Gray

Dear Reader, In times of personal uncertainty, sometimes learning about the plights of others is the best escape. In this spirit, I picked up a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray and listened to it on audiobook. This book is a gothic classic written by Oscar Wilde. Filled with philosophical musings and quote-worthy moments this book... Continue Reading →

Cafe Days – Boston

Dear Reader,  All dine-in service has been banned in the state of Massachusetts to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. While I naively thought that the governor’s proclamation only applied to bars and restaurants, in actuality the shutdown extends to all eateries--cafes included. Cafes are a place of community and commerce. While we all... Continue Reading →

Two Good Wheels

Dear Reader, Sometimes you love things even when they hurt you… at least that’s how I feel about my new bicycle. One unfortunate side effect of the coronavirus pandemic is that universities are closing their campuses and students are being evicted from housing. With less than a week’s notice to pack up their belongings, students... Continue Reading →

A Year without Green Beer

Dear Reader, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While this holiday for many is just small text on the calendar, St. Patty’s Day warrants real festivity in Boston. As we are all painfully aware, social gatherings have been restricted across the United States. “Social distancing” is the new norm to slow down the spread of the highly contagious... Continue Reading →

Mayhem at the Marketplace

Dear Reader, There is nothing that we take for granted more in a first world country than access to the essentials. A few days ago, I, like many other Americans had an interesting experience at the grocery store—milk, bread, and eggs were fresh out! It is disconcerting to encounter a supermarket that has the look... Continue Reading →

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