february favorites

As New England winter slowly drags along from twinkly Christmas season to cozy snow day season and into dark slushy season, I need a reason to get excited about the little things. Routine and structure and predictability are healthy (and after years of upheaval, comforting), but variety is the spice of life, and lofty goals/crazy…

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leftovers

Currently in my fridge I have three quarters of a family sized lasagna, half a crock pot full of southwest chicken soup, and a tupperware of penne alfredo that I cooked up from a freezer bag. I don't know what to do with it all. It seemed smart at the time to save it for…

a case for the present

I'm six years old, and my family is at a toy store somewhere along I-95 between Winston-Salem and Jacksonville. While my parents search for the intended target of their errand, I wander the aisles until I am brought to a screeching halt in front of a life-size stuffed golden retriever. My eyes widen in wonder,…

on flying

The woman in the dark blue uniform and latex gloves beckons me toward the counter. I hand her my ID, folded in my boarding pass to keep them together. She squints at me in my Red Sox cap, at my Virginia license, at me again, then hands me my documentation and tells me to have…

homecoming

a poem for my dad   “Yo Adrien, you did it!” proclaims the greeting card perched proud and patient on my dressertop. I have been accepted into college and my father is reminding me that I have worked and earned.   Perching proud and patient, his dressertop is like him in the morning- softly alert;…

roughdrafts

Graduating college is like buying a couch. You can do the research, save your money, even find one that’s comfortable, and go through the trouble of shoving it into the back of your car and driving it to your apartment…only to find that when you get there, it won’t fit through the door. And there’s nothing…

stocking up for storms

Well, we made it folks. The holidays are over and it's a new year. How's everyone's bank account? Are you staying warm? As for me, I'm having to delay my travel back up to Boston a day or two because of this east coast winter storm. And after all the gifts and gas money (I've…

to my fellow scrooges

Okay, can we get real for a second? It doesn't feel like Christmas. I'm really trying. I'm buying my gifts and listening to the carols and doing my best to show light and love to my fellow person. But? I feel a huge weight over the world these days. And tonight it's pretty heavy. So…

steps and stakes

I've been thinking a lot about what I want lately. Your last year of college (and really all the years before that, but mainly this one), you get a lot of the question, "so what are your plans for next year?" or some variation. Really they're just asking, what do you want to do? Who…

autumnal snippets

As Tom Hanks narrates so pleasantly in You've Got Mail, fall makes me think of school starting, and vice versa. Both make me feel optimistic and crisp. I finally cracked and bought a new spiral notebook for one of my classes instead of recycling old ones, and I love the newness and potential of all those…