The Dark Side of Psychological Thrillers

Dear Reader, The book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was released in 2012 to much acclaim. Just two years later it was adapted to film and before you knew it “girl” books (like “The Girl on the Train”) and “wife” books (like “The Wife Between Us”) became synonymous with the psychological thriller genre. By definition,... Continue Reading →

Sick with Aspirations

Dear Reader, I hope to never get “sick with aspirations.” Starting graduate school last fall was a big step for me. Previously, I had been working multiple part-time jobs that did not allow for career growth. Researching schools, writing essays, getting recommendations, and filling out all of the applications was a months’ long process that... Continue Reading →

[Review] Friends and Strangers

Dear Reader, You know that feeling when you near the end of a book and, in your excitement, you urge yourself to slow down to put off the inevitable conclusion? That feeling of wanting to savor every last second of the book is what reading is all about. Every once in a while I find... Continue Reading →

The Good, the Bad, and the Ambiguous

Dear Reader, People go back to school during periods of economic uncertainty. We saw it during the 2009 recession and we see a surge in applications again in the wake of COVID-19. Unlike other times, going back to school during the pandemic is not your traditional on-campus experience. While there are some clear benefits to... Continue Reading →

Worse Than a Toothache

Dear Reader, Do you have dental insurance? Sorry, to be so direct, but this is an important issue. I have heard numerous complaints about the dire state of the U.S. healthcare system, but I feel that most of these complaints are about doctor’s visits and medical procedures, not dental appointments. As a kid, going to... Continue Reading →

Year of the Blog

Dear Reader, What if I told you that you could blog your way to happiness. If blogging is your passion, you may be thinking “duh!” However, for everyone else, I want to let you in on a little secret… blogging really can be your vehicle to happiness. Over the past year, I have been planning,... Continue Reading →

Thoughts for Hire

Dear Reader, Do you have a side hustle? I am a big fan of the gig economy (although there are a number of super valid criticisms) and for the past few years, I have been an active part of it. I work part-time at more than one job and in the past, I have taken... Continue Reading →

Boston’s Oldest Neighborhood

Dear Reader, I blog about Boston a lot and there’s a reason for that — it’s awesome. Literally, though, Boston is a great big city, so there’s a lot to blog about. The Boston metropolitan area has over 4.6 million residents (the city itself has about 693,000 people) and comprises 23 neighborhoods. On this day,... Continue Reading →

Warning, Error, Failed to Compile

Dear Reader, “Opening your mind” and “learning new things” are all well and good until you actually do them…. I try to be an open-minded person and I generally impulsively go wherever my interests take me. This is the attitude that compelled me to take an advanced optional statistics course in grad school. If you... Continue Reading →

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