Do Not Bathe in the Toxic Swamp

Dear Reader, Everyone is busy with something and I am no exception. I have made a (mental) list of New Year’s resolutions for myself and I’m finding it hard to make time to do everything that I would like to do consistently. One of my 2020 challenges is to run a half marathon in May. […]

All’s Bad that Ends Badly

Dear Reader, Sometimes leaving is the worst part. Does anyone else get the last-day-of-vacation blues (more here). I surely do. After a lovey few days in Newport, Rhode Island, I had a rough time returning home. As this trip is my only experience with the city, I associate Newport in my mind with sunny days […]

High Price, Higher Expectations

Dear Reader, Sometimes we conflate a high-price tag with quality. This is an understandable mistake as many good products come with a value that makes one really consider before handing over a credit card. However, other times some things are expensive and are just not worth it. My boyfriend and I visited the One Bellevue […]

A Love to Look

Dear Reader, Do you enjoy visiting the mall? Earlier this week, I was scheduled to attend an event in Boston. Although I tried to plan my commute downtown carefully, I ended up arriving several minutes early. Because it was a brisk February morning, I decided to pass my free time wandering around the Prudential Center […]

The Breakfast Club: College Edition

Dear Reader,  Physical closeness is a surefire way to bring people together. A few days ago, I attended a prospective student event for graduate school admissions. A small group of us with diverse backgrounds and interests met for a few days to visit the university. One component of our visit included one-on-one meetings with faculty […]

The Elephant at the Table

Dear Reader, Have you ever attended a dinner where no one knew each other? I had a similar experience recently when I went to an informal dinner with prospective applicants to a graduate program. There were 8 prospective students in attendance and 3 current students acting as university ambassadors. We ended up going to a […]

Vegan Friendly

Dear Reader, How many of you out there are vegan? I have no strong opinion about veganism, but recently visited a nice vegan restaurant in Somerville called True Bistro with my boyfriend. Unlike a few other vegetarian and vegan eateries in the area like Veggie Galaxy, True Bistro boasts an upscale atmosphere in addition to […]

Sam at the Source

Dear Reader, Did you know that there are only two types of beer? That is one of the facts that I learned on my visit to the Samuel Adams brewery, which is located in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood. While I have been to several whiskey distilleries (more here), Samuel Adams was actually my first brewery […]

Over-, Under-ground Misadventures

Dear Reader, Boston’s extensive public transportation system is one of the city’s greatest assets, when it’s working…. I often travel on the subway (known as the “T”) and yesterday, I planned to use the T to get to the Samuel Adams Brewery in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. I started my commute on the […]

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 […]

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