Box of Joy

Dear Reader, “They say that you don’t need alcohol to have fun. This pandemic proves that you don’t need fun to have alcohol.” – meme circulating on Facebook Are you spending all of your time at home during the pandemic? I am in my third week of a loose self-quarantine (more here) and at times,... Continue Reading →

Corona Culture

Dear Reader, How long does it take to change a culture? The spread of the coronavirus is a timely test for this! With social-distancing policies strongly in place (Massachusetts has extended its restrictions until May 4th), people must go about their lives as usual but with a few key modifications. However, how many, if any,... Continue Reading →

Apples and Sour Cream

Dear Reader, How often do you find yourself at the grocery stores these days? I haven’t shopped in over two weeks and now I see that the supply of fresh foods in the refrigerator is scarce. Some of the fruits are coming close to their expiration dates and it is clear that they will not... Continue Reading →

Parking Garage Workout

Dear Reader, How has your fitness routine been holding up after a few weeks of social distancing and self-quarantine? I still jog outside when the weather permits, but I am missing my occasional trips to the gym and weekend yoga classes. While I have been making do with home workouts (more here), I have been... Continue Reading →

A Breath of Fresh Air

Dear Reader, Whoever coined the phrase "home sweet home" surely must not have spent 23+ hours at his residence for any significant period of time. My physical world has shrunken as a result of the pandemic, and, at times I feel crippled by the restrictions that prohibit us to move about freely. On the morning... Continue Reading →

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buttermilk!

Dear Reader, The first step when pursuing any recipe is selecting the ingredients. As an amateur baker, I like to always keep flour, sugar (white and brown), baking soda, baking powder, salt, and vanilla on hand. My supplies as of late, however, haven been dwindling as baking has been my go-to stay-at-home activity during the... Continue Reading →

[Review] Call Me by Your Name

Dear Reader, Was there ever a more insidious emotion than desire? I recently finished reading the novel Call Me by Your Name by Italian author André Aciman, which features ‘desire’ as a key theme of the story. Call Me by Your Name is a 2007 romantic fiction novel set in Italy in 1987. The book... Continue Reading →

Healthy in Our Homes

Dear Reader, I recently saw a meme on Facebook in response to the pandemic with the text “I’m either going to leave this self-quarantine 100lbs heavier or 50lbs lighter. Only time will tell.” While this statement was made in jest, I believe there is some truth to the underlying text. We humans are accustomed to... Continue Reading →

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