With COVID limiting air travel, there are not too many options for those who feel like their apartment walls are closing in around them and they need to take some of their well earned time off and do something. Enter a good old fashioned road trip.

woman reading a map
woman reading a map

While television has told me that road trips are a common family vacation option, it was not until adulthood that I experienced the trials and tribulations of packing up a car and hitting the pavement. I can count on one hand the number of multi-day car trips I have taken, ranging in success from…

Anyone who knows me well, or perhaps just by my internet persona, knows that I’m logical to a fault. I’m exceedingly rational, driven by facts, and not prone to lines of thinking that rely on belief. I will readily call out anyone who takes zodiac signs or Mercury in retrograde seriously. (Come on guys, there is no plausible mechanism by which planets or stars can impact human affairs — and I’ve already ranted about this at length.) I also have never found much use for religion since it relies on the concept of faith over proof. …

In January Deb and I booked a summer trip to Italy after scoring roundtrip flights for $460. The deal was too good to pass up and the rest of the trip fell into place quickly, including a stay in wine country and a luxurious full day on a private boat along the Amalfi coast. You have to splurge sometimes, right?

When May rolled around it was clear COVID-19 would be with us much longer than anyone had hoped, and I knew it was time to call United to try to worm my money back for our non-refundable basic economy flight…

If like myself you spend an inordinate amount of time in the dark world of comment threads on Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit, you likely have encountered a fair share of “woke” individuals telling you to “think for yourself.”

I recently made the classic mistake of scrolling through the comments of an article regarding a study that once again showed that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism (Really? I’m floored!). I was slightly encouraged by the majority of people actually defending science and reason. …

I’m feeling extra political right now. Perhaps because every time I dare to think about the election in November I feel hints of cautious optimism quickly replaced by waves of nauseating dread. The vivid flashbacks to November 8, 2016 don’t help.

I spend every day of my continued furlough pouring over COVID-19 stats and desperately researching how other countries have been entirely more successful than the United States in managing or even containing the virus. …

I bought my first car last summer. This phrase has been uttered by many a teenager but it loses some of its charm when exclaimed by my 30-year-old self. Let me explain. I grew up in Boston, where driving is how you take out your aggression about the weather, the sports teams, and the traffic you are currently stuck in.

Car parked on the street
Car parked on the street
This is my car. Her name is Roz

The fact that taking public transportation alone at night was safer than getting behind the wheel should tell you I am serious when I say driving in Boston is rough. So I did what any sane person would do —…

Ski towns are not cheap to live in. This should come as a surprise to no one. Imagine living where other people vacation, surrounded by multi-million dollar second homes, and making barely above minimum wage. While it comes at a cost to live in a resort town there are certainly perks: living within a minutes drive of multiple world-class ski resorts, enjoying mornings before work playing on the slopes, avoiding the weekend traffic driving to the mountains from the city. And, you know, the views aren’t so bad either.

While 10 years later I’m still happy to call Summit County…

Deciding where to go on your next well earned vacation can be just as challenging as picking what meal to order at your favorite restaurant. Do you play it safe and get the chicken parm, which is consistently delicious but not exactly exciting, or do you finally order the seafood dish you talk about every time but ultimately back out of ordering when the waiter comes over?

You know what to expect when you place your order for chicken parm — how long it will take to come out of the kitchen, the best pasta option to pair with the…

The topic of cupping arose recently at work. As my new, emboldened self who has decided not to avoid uncomfortable topics, I made a suggestion: perhaps we should not be partaking in treatments that involve bruising or bloodletting with no scientific basis. My co-worker shrugged and said, “well it keeps coming back around.”

Many treatments have indeed stuck around — some even date back to ancient times. They have persisted across centuries or millennia, rising and falling in popularity with the times. …

It may sound cliche, but 30 really does sneak up on you. You step out of college ready for an adventure, cling desperately to your youth for the next ten years, and in the blink of an eye your twenties are over.

At least that’s how it transpired for me. Evidently not for everyone considering the frequent Facebook posts I see from middle and high school acquaintances celebrating their third wedding anniversary, closing on homes, or popping out children. …

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