A Friend is A Friend

Dear Reader, Do you keep in touch with any childhood friends? I have exactly one and I see her a couple times a year when I travel back home to visit family. We have been long-distance friends for about 8 years now. A few days ago, we spoke over the phone to catch up, having... Continue Reading →

First Impressions & Fries

Dear Reader, A group of nature enthusiasts walk into a crowded bar. The bartender says, “We’re at capacity. We don’t have anymore seating here inside.” The nature enthusiasts say, “that’s okay, we prefer the outdoors.” Did you guys think that was funny? I wrote it myself. Okay, I’m not a comedienne, but I recently had... Continue Reading →

Beautiful, Complex, and Fragile

Dear Reader, How much can you ever really help someone change? In my early adult years, I was close to a few people who suffer from anxiety and depression. They are all on medication that help their symptoms to some extent, however, the root of the problem—whatever is causing the anxiety and depression—remains. Can we... Continue Reading →

Pages to the Past

Dear Reader, When was the last time that you said goodbye to a friend? The last big exodus of friends in my life was over a year ago now when I graduated from my master’s program. Within months after graduation, almost all my close friends had left Boston. It's a crazy feeling watching someone slowly... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Italiano

Dear Reader, Happy Thanksgiving!! If you are in the U.S., Dear Reader, how do you normally spend Thanksgiving? For me, I usually visit family, however, after my grandmother passed, I do not make it home for the holiday at all anymore. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where the company is really important. For the... Continue Reading →

That Hole Where Friendships Used to Be

Dear Reader, How do friendships fit into your life? Naturally, we tend to make friends with the people around us and with the people who share our interests. If you think about your own friends (from any point in your life), you can probably group these individuals into categories, for example work friends, school friends,... Continue Reading →

Friends of Yore

Dear Reader, Where do we go when we are no longer on Facebook? It’s a silly question, but just yesterday I was trying to recall someone from my past and realized that I could not remember their full name. After much mental anguish I managed to remember the first name, but had zero idea about... Continue Reading →

Food First – Moscow

Dear Reader, It’s time that we talk about the food in Moscow. I am here in Moscow with a group of Americans and Russians. Some of the Americans, many years my senior, have experience in Russia dating back to the 80s, when Russia was a part of the Soviet Union. All my American colleagues that... Continue Reading →

Everything in Between

Dear Reader, Where do you see yourself in five years? I met up with one of my friends from grad school this evening for dinner and drinks at the Longfellow Bar in Harvard Square. We were in a two-year Master’s program together and graduated one year apart, I first. My friend Kris has been out... Continue Reading →

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