clouds at sunrise

Trying to Feel Okay About Growing Up

I have lived my life for the past eighteen years according to the familiar rhythm of the school year. Semesters and midterms and breaks formed my notion of time, and I was always working toward something specific, be it a diploma, certification, or award. My academic life has shaped my perception not only of the…

Another Weekend in New York

I have taken the weekend trip to New York quite a few times since moving to Boston, and every time has been a little bit different. The city is always changing. The bus in is always either early or very late. Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar keeps drawing me in, tempting me to cave to the…

Madrid, Spain

In true last-semester senior style, I turned in my final projects early and spent exams week in Madrid instead of in the library. I’d like to think we went around Spain the Spanish way— leisurely, with afternoon naps and little bites to eat here and there. Some say that Madrid can be done in 3-4…

Revisiting the Bay Area

Although I don’t usually do much besides spend time at home with family when I’m in California, Chris came to visit this spring break, so we decided to explore a little. It’s been a while since I’ve lived full-time in the Bay Area, and to be quite honest, I really don’t know the area well.…

bags of beans

Red Bean Soup

Mother found a lump on the side of her head today, above her ear. She showed Anita in the car, as they waited for Susie to finish her piano lesson, pulling her hand to it like she had eight years before, but now it was to her head instead of to a breast long gone.…

Atlanta, Georgia

I spent the past President’s Day weekend in Atlanta, which, in the post-Super Bowl lull, seemed particularly content and locally-focused. There were many highlights of the trip – amazing food at every turn, the airport’s delightful “plane train,” the beautiful weather on Saturday – but by far the most memorable was our adventures with Bird.…