One Island, Two Irelands

Dear Reader, How many of you know about the 400+ year conflict that simmered, raged, then (mostly) fizzled out in Ireland? If you do not know about the tension between the Irish Catholics and Protestants — no worries — I didn’t know very much either aside from the “highlights” that I learned in college and... Continue Reading →

A Girl’s Day

Dear Reader, I’ve never been a girly-girl, but due to a confluence of circumstances, I became one for a day. I’m sure we’ve all read and seen the books and movies where the rich female character occupies herself with shopping trips and pampering. I’m not a wealthy woman and my day of shopping and beauty... Continue Reading →

A Tale of Three Short Films

Dear Reader, Student short films are a mixed bag of nuts. As a budding actress, I often apply for small volunteer gigs, so I can gain more experience (but also because I just love acting). Through these gigs, I have also found that some of these projects turn out to be much more work than... Continue Reading →

Sometimes We Fail

Dear Reader Sometimes things go poorly, and by “poorly,” I mean, really eff-ing badly. As you know, I’m a part-time actress (more here & here). What you may not know, is that I have gotten ALL of my jobs (short films, commercials, music videos) without ever once needing to attend an in-person audition. Until this... Continue Reading →

Stretch First, Split Later

Dear Reader, I strained a muscle, and now I am seeing the world differently. Hopefully, dear Reader, you have not injured yourself recently (or like ever), however, when you do, it can really change things both physically and mentally. Not too long ago, I posted about hitting 100 barre fitness classes (more here). Along with... Continue Reading →

It’s All About the Benjamins

Dear Reader, Every two-to-three years, iPhone users return to the Apple Store for an upgrade. In my last post (more here) at the end, I went on a tangent about my dissatisfaction with the quality of the photos captured on my iPhone (which, by the way, I resolved by deep cleaning the camera lens). Because... Continue Reading →

Café Days — Boston 2022

Dear Reader, For most of us, pandemic-era meeting restrictions are behind us, which means more freedom to get out and about! One of the biggest changes for me has been the return to working in public places, or more specifically, in coffee shops. Right at the start of the pandemic (you know, when we thought... Continue Reading →

Enjoy Your Journey

Dear Reader,  For those of you who were fortunate enough to grow up with an abundance of physical activity, you may not be able to fully appreciate how hard it can be for those who view exercise as a chore. Nowadays, exercise is a big and enjoyable part of my life, but it wasn’t always... Continue Reading →

How to Meet Future Doctors

Dear Reader, Okay, the title is a bit of a tease, but if you're crafty, this post may still give you ideas. What is a standardized patient? Standardized patients are individuals who are trained to act out a medical patient with a specific medical history. Universities often employ standardized patients to evaluate medical students in... Continue Reading →

ABBA is Awesome

Dear Reader, Do you have a favorite song or artist? For many, this answer is easy — you probably have a handful of favorite songs or bands or solo artists. For me, favorites when it comes to music has always been a struggle. Growing up, car-ride entertainment did not come from a radio but a... Continue Reading →

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