Dear Reader, They ask what the problem is. We say that everything is fine, but it’s not … Everything is awful. Have you ever found your thoughts miring in such a dismal place? These are the musings of Linda, a well-to-do journalist, wife, and mother in Switzerland. From an outsider’s perspective, Linda appears to have it... Continue Reading →
Who Shot Alexander Hamilton?
Dear Reader I recently saw the musical Hamilton and naturally, I’m chockablock with opinions. I had, of course, heard of Hamilton long before Lin Manuel Miranda’s brainchild exploded onto the scene in 2015 (I mean Hamilton is on the $10 bill after all). My first real introduction to Alexander Hamilton was in my eighth-grade U.S. history... Continue Reading →
Should I Travel to Europe in the Winter?
Dear Reader If you’re looking for flight deals to Europe, a good bet would be to check out dead-of-winter, not-around-the-holidays dates. However, as you hover your cursor over the “buy now” button, you may think to yourself — is it even worth it to travel to Europe in the winter? The answer, as it is... Continue Reading →
I Actually Went to My 10-Year High School Reunion
Dear Reader How much does 10 years really change a person? I just had the pleasure of attending my 10-year high school reunion, and while life situations have changed in a number of ways, the people — have not. I was quiet and awkward in high school, but I benefited from a close friend group... Continue Reading →
Dear Reader, I haven’t written here in a long while and there isn’t a very good reason for this unexpected pause. To put what I’m saying into context, I should first explain that I started this blog in 2019 and published posts daily for a full year. After that, I slowly tapered off in intensity... Continue Reading →
[Review] The Psychology of Money
Dear Reader, There is a short list of books that made my head spin in the best of ways (listed at the bottom of the post) — The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel is now on it. The beauty of The Psychology of Money is in the way that it’s told. Upfront, Housel informs... Continue Reading →
El Salvador: The Good, The Bad, and The Complicated
Dear Reader, El Salvador is a beautiful country but, I’ll be straight with you, it’s not in the best shape. By learning about Latin America in my college courses, I have become familiar with the migration situation, drug trafficking, and poverty. However, actually visiting a location is a whole other education. I recently took a... Continue Reading →
Wait! You’re Going All By Yourself??
Dear Reader, Today, I am writing to you from the “small but beautiful” Central American country of El Salvador. I use quotes here because that description was provided to me years ago by a maintenance woman at my graduate student dormitory, as she discussed her home country with me. I am in El Salvador on... Continue Reading →
El Salvador? I Hear It’s Beautiful This Time of Year
Dear Reader, As I approach the immigration line at the Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador, El Salvador, a man with a migración badge asks me for my pasaporte. I pat my crossbody bag (read: my fanny pack worn as a purse) and to my dismay, I realize that the hard, familiar... Continue Reading →
Arcade, Bar, Speakeasy Dreamboat
Dear Reader, Is it worth the hype? That’s the question I kept asking myself as more than one person talked up Cambridge’s A4cade. What is A4cade (probably pronounced “arcade”)? It’s a speakeasy-style, club-bar, arcade joint that has fancy cocktails and gooey grilled cheese sandwiches. That sentence alone is enough to entice me, but what is... Continue Reading →