Returning, with a Wrinkle

This post isn’t an essay onĀ the dangers of sun exposure, though (as the daughter of a melanoma murder victim) I always encourage SPF. Instead, it’s an assembled collection of thoughts on the meaning of home, personal growth, and the pitfalls and privileges of having a home and a town to return to every once in […]

Rash Decisions

I’ve kicked off the spring season with another allergic reaction. At least, I think that’s what it was; over the course of three days or so before my birthday (April 3, if you’re interested) I developed an itchy, bumpy rash on my arms and legs, a wheezy, sore feeling in my lungs, and increased sinus […]

Folding Laundry: A Small Epiphany

Menial habits save lives. Or at least, they save days. I woke up this morning feeling a lot of anticipatory anxiety. That’s not quite true, actually- I woke up this morning feeling fine, and then somehow, between climbing the ladder down from my bed and finishing breakfast, weighed myself down with many thoughts filled with […]

A Mindful Breakfast

Ask anyone who knows me well, and they’ll answer unequivocally: I love breakfast. It’s hands-down my favorite meal. Eggs in any form delight me, oatmeal is a daily staple, and the smell of soft, warm sprouted grain bread popping out of the toaster makes me instantly happy. I’m smiling just thinking about it. Yet, a […]

The Food-Mood Connection

As a young teenager, I truly didn’t see a relationship between what I put in my body and how I felt, apart from my immediate emotional reaction. My idea of happiness was consecutive bowls of cereal with milk, giant bites of cheerios with slices of sweet banana. I loved the indulgent feeling of taking a […]

The Agoraphobia Workout

Let’s briefly revisit December 2012, almost three and a half years ago, when three consecutive days of panic attacks took me from a fearless life alone in Washington Heights to a sobbing, nonfunctional heap on my childhood bed. This was one of the most difficult, terrifying periodsĀ of my life so far. In the weeks after […]