Eating alone in Cleveland

Eating alone in Cleveland

I thought I knew a lot about myself, but this quarantine sure showed me up. My personality apparently only consists of getting drive-thru McDonald’s, window shopping, and going on vacation. All the fun hobbies I’ve cultivated — painting, sewing, crocheting, reading, even watching TV — have turned into prisoner activities that are more for passing … Read More

Chicago: a love poem

Chicago: a love poem

There is something about most cities that suffocates me. Perhaps the sky scrapers or the crowds, definitely the noise. Chicago, however, is an exception to my strong preference for countrysides and lonely ocean views. My obsession with Chicago is well-documented. Of all the places I’ve travelled to, it’s probably the one I’ve raved about the … Read More

A decade of being a sad girl

A decade of being a sad girl

Notes on Facebook – 2009 vs 2019 How long have you had the shirt you’re wearing? December 30, 2009:a long time. LOLLsince september octoberish 2008. December 30, 2019:shirt – since 2017hoodie – since 2012 How are you sitting? 2009:my legs are crossed. 2019:legs on my chair, both folded. left knee down, right knee up. Do … Read More

Just another one of those “Europe changed my life” stories

Just another one of those “Europe changed my life” stories

Italy tastes like strawberry jam and fior di latte gelato. It smells like the sea with a tinge of cow manure, and a strong, consistent draft of sweaty cigarettes. On one beautiful, too-hot day, I hiked for four hours along the sparkling Amalfi coast. On another beautiful, too-hot day, I trespassed into a city park … Read More