Laughs and Love

Dear Reader, Happy Valentine’s Day! One year ago today, it was evident that a virus was coming, but little did we know that it would linger for so long. Last year around this time, I was fortunate enough to visit Newport, Rhode Island (more here). Along the water, the wind was bone chilling, and the... 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 →

Cheers to Life Unstructured

Dear Reader, There is a very curious time of the year between Christmas and New Year’s Day when the days blur together into one seamless stretch of time. If you are lucky enough to enjoy this period of vacation, which the Germans refer to as zwischen den Jahren (“between the years”), then you know the... Continue Reading →

This is me, this is also me

Dear Reader, Who are you really? This question is best asked in context. You may be a musician professionally, a husband at home, and an anarcho-socialist politically. However, who are you when you have nothing or nobody to relate yourself with? That is to say — who are you when you are completely and utterly... Continue Reading →

P.S. We’re still in a pandemic

Dear Reader, My! 2020 is certainly an interesting time to be alive. The presidential election was the longest we have had in a while and, to be honest, it was really distracting! While the candidates were on the campaign trail, the coronavirus situation seemed to be simultaneously getting worse and better. Not too long ago,... Continue Reading →

COVID Holiday

Dear Reader, Should you travel during the pandemic? Answer — no. Do people travel anyway? Answer — yes and I’m sorry to report that I am one of these people. Recently, my boyfriend and I took a car trip north to Camden, Maine and I want to share a little bit about my experience. Each... Continue Reading →

Not Normal, Not Close

Dear Reader, We have now entered the “new normal” era of the pandemic, but how long will it last? Recently, I ventured out to a restaurant outside of Boston in Arlington called Menotomy (fun fact, the town of Arlington was known as “Menotomy” until 1867). To follow the pandemic health guidelines, we chose outdoor seating.... Continue Reading →

Stranger in a Familiar Land

Dear Reader, I am geographically repressed. Since the start of the pandemic lockdowns in Massachusetts until yesterday (aka about 115 days), I had literally only visited one establishment. In this time period, I have paced near endlessly up and down the hallways of my apartment building and have strolled outside in the open air. While... Continue Reading →

When Life Gives You Gym Shorts

Dear Reader, Along with baking (more here), I seem to have picked up another kind of fun pandemic activity — mask making. I must stress the words “kind of fun,” because, half the time, sewing for me is just finding myself at the wrong end of the needle or undoing mis-strewn threads. Regardless, I am... Continue Reading →

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