Three Strangers Walk into a Bar

Dear Reader, If I were to live for 200 years, there would still be a number of things that I would never do. I would probably never have enough courage to go skydiving, enough money to stay in a penthouse suite in Monte Carlo, or enough time to read all the “great works of literature.”... Continue Reading →

Burlington the Beautiful (Part 1)

Dear Reader, On a weekend trip up north, my boyfriend and I stopped at a busy diner in Nashua, New Hampshire for lunch. Realizing that we were from out of town, the server asked us where we were headed. When we told her that we were destined for Vermont and more specifically Burlington, her eyelids... Continue Reading →

This Island, Earth

Dear Reader, If you don’t care about climate change, there is a good chance you are fortunate enough to live in a region that has been largely spared from its negative impacts. In fact, if you live in places like Boston, you can even trick yourself into believing that our warmer, drier summers and milder... Continue Reading →

Corona Who?

Dear Reader, The world smells differently when you don’t have a surgical mask pressed against your nose. I am so happy to be typing this as a fully-vaccinated gal! Not too long ago, the CDC updated its COVID-19 guidelines to permit fully-vaccinated adults to dispense with their masks in both outdoor and indoor locations (except... Continue Reading →

When It Ends

Dear Reader, At times, it can feel like we are expected to go from 100 to 0 without any in-between. In great literary and cinematic thrillers, the consumer is intrigued at the outset, the plot is jam-packed with twists and turns, and then boom! The story ends and you get a couple of pages of... Continue Reading →

What Hurts The Most

Dear Reader, A curious thing about the human experience is that something that is commonplace to one individual may never, ever be experienced by another. While this sentiment can be applied to a variety of situations — privilege, prejudice, etc. — I’m specifically, thinking about pain. More, specifically, I’m thinking about my own personal plight... Continue Reading →

Once in a Cold Dark Winter

Dear Reader, “It’s amazin' what a bit o’spring can do.” If you are among the rarest 1% of creatures out there, you did not read that above line, you sang it in your head in a cockney accent just like Mrs. Beaver did in Narnia The Musical. (Yes, there is a Narnia musical). The rest... 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 →

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 →

Merry Christmas — Lite

Dear Reader, Merry Christmas!! And what a Christmas it has turned out to be! Christmas time is the “most wonderful time of the year,” but does this sentiment ring true in 2020? I, like very many of you out there, was unable to have a family gathering this Christmas. Scrolling through Facebook, I see that... Continue Reading →

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