I ate a gummy and it was a ride

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The gummy cubes are tiny, about half the size of a standard sugar cube, and they’re pleasingly packaged in an adorable tin. The accompanying literature suggests I drop them in tea, coffee, or cocktails. Just like sugar cubes. They’re flavored — “like those hot cinnamon candies,” say the people who…

Adrift in a timeless plague state

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Here we are — leaves falling, chill creeping, apples in the oven — ages after the great panic sent us all into hiding. We are vaxed. We are masked, still hiding, and appropriately unsettled. We are also, somehow, carrying on.

Is this lockdown? Extended lockdown? Partial lockdown? Limbo lockdown?


A minor adventure

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Not long ago, as summer slid into fall, I sprawled on a massive flat stone high above a sun-sparkled river, watching a bald eagle soar silently above me. It was magic, majestic, and possibly dangerous. The sheer drop was just feet from my boots and the trek to the top…

And worried for its future

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I rediscovered the pleasures of the mail during the pandemic, a rare delight in a dark age. After impulsively joining a penpal movement, I went down a stationery rabbit hole, loading up on paper, cards, stickers, and washi. Now, in addition to penpal strangers (who seem less like strangers with…

A short, cranky rant

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It’s never good news. No one ever says, “Women your age should drink more gin.” No one tells you, “Women your age make such good friends.”

“Women your age should be paid more,” is not a thing you will hear.

This time it was a massage therapist saying, “Women your…

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