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 →

When on Winnipesaukee (Part 2)

Dear Reader, Guess what! I am writing to you with parchment and quill (okay, pen and paper) like a Victorian-era protagonist. With a pen in hand and notebook on lap, the words are springing to you without the aid of a dictionary or a thesaurus (gasp!). For those of you who have read part 1... Continue Reading →

When on Winnipesaukee (Part 1)

Dear Reader How many of you would like a weekend to totally unplug? …I wouldn’t! I love technology and all that it has to offer, but I realize that I may not be in the majority on this one. Regardless, incidentally, I willingly walked myself into a no-tech (or rather “low-tech”) situation. With a group... Continue Reading →

[Review] Psycho

Dear Reader, I bet every television/movie-watching American adult has seen at least one parody of the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece “Psycho.” My first “Psycho” mockery came packaged as child-friendly, comedic content —Bugs Bunny. In this scene from the 2003 live-action film “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” Bugs is in the shower, when... Continue Reading →

Great Turtle Island (Part 2)

Dear Reader, Mackinac Island is a hidden gem in the Midwest. Tucked in the northwest corner of Lake Huron, the island can be the perfect vacation spot for those in search of coastal charm and rustic living. In part 1 of this post (more here), I described the (somewhat complicated) journey one must take to... Continue Reading →

Great Turtle Island (Part 1)

Dear Reader, Thinking about the American Midwest does not usually inspire visions of horse-drawn carriages and turquoise waters. Mackinac Island (pronounced “Mack-uh-nah”), Michigan, however, is not your typical Midwestern destination. Situated on Lake Huron right across from the Mackinac Bridge, joining Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, lies Mackinac Island. Just 3.8 square miles and home... Continue Reading →

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