When in Suburbia

Dear Reader, Are you a city person? Although I grew up in the suburbs, when I moved to Boston for grad school, I found my new urban surroundings to be a natural fit. Now, having lived in a city for 5+ years, whenever I go home to visit family, I low-key experience culture shock. There... Continue Reading →

Off to the Races (Part 2)

Dear Reader, I write this post to you in a mild state of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), as I have just completed my first (and last) half marathon the day before. (See here for part 1 of this post.) If a half marathon is an iceberg, the training is everything beneath the water and... Continue Reading →

When You Find What You Love

Dear Reader, Do you have any hobbies? More importantly, do you have any that you love? Weirdly, it wasn’t until recently that I discovered how valuable it can be to have an interest that fulfills you. Recently, I have gotten into the art of make believe (i.e. acting). Some gigs have been simple, like the... Continue Reading →

Baby Plane

Dear Reader, Asking about someone’s weight is awkward at best and downright rude at worst. However, when the ticketing agent at the Boston Logan airport asked me how much I weighed, I already knew that this question was not only standard, but also crucial. For a last-minute work trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts, I was in... Continue Reading →

Hikers in the Fog

Dear Reader, There is a beloved Soviet short film called “Hedgehog in the fog” (yozhik v tumane) that depicts an adorable, little rodent who pokes around in a murky wood to find his friend “bear.” With no more than 10 minutes of action, this 1975 cartoon has been embraced by international audiences and endures as... Continue Reading →

When on Winnipesaukee (Part 1)

Dear Reader How many of you would like a weekend to totally unplug? …I wouldn’t! I love technology and all that it has to offer, but I realize that I may not be in the majority on this one. Regardless, incidentally, I willingly walked myself into a no-tech (or rather “low-tech”) situation. With a group... Continue Reading →

Growing and Remaining

Dear Reader, Would you rather get the hard stuff out of the way quickly or just wait until it comes? Before my professor could finish her sentence asking for volunteers to write the first response papers for next week, my hand and several others had already shot up in the air in an attempt to... Continue Reading →

[Review] Harpoon Brewery

Dear Reader, How much beer can you drink in ten minutes? That question right there was pretty much the theme of the Harpoon Brewery tour and tasting. In my alcohol-production-facility tour and tasting experiences, I have come to find that these attractions come in all shapes and sizes. When I went on whiskey distillery tours... Continue Reading →

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