An open letter to my 16 year old self

An open letter to my 16 year old self

Hey girl.    It’s been about two years since the ‘Wear Sunscreen’ song exploded into your life, but I’m swooping in with my almost 20 years on you to dispense a more personal version of some of that medicine.    First and foremost, it’s ok to let that crying happen....
‘Triggered’ vs ‘offended’

‘Triggered’ vs ‘offended’

   Buzzwords come and go, and very often they come about because of a cultural shift. Mental health awareness has been slowly growing over the years, and with it, discussions about anxiety, depression, and trauma have become much more prevalent. The first time I heard...
On the brilliance of puns

On the brilliance of puns

   I love puns. My first exposure to them was as a young girl who had an obsession with reading joke books in grade school. Every time I came across a pun, I remember being entertained, but decidedly not really laughing. The puns in joke books were always the worst,...
Ideas for when you’re really pissed off.

Ideas for when you’re really pissed off.

   I could wax poetic about all the different somatic strategies for letting anger pass through you calmly, or perhaps write some words dedicated to focusing frustration and resentment into creative pursuits, but that is not my goal for today. I’m officially writing...
Bring the indoor heat

Bring the indoor heat

   For the most part, I’m generally that person that is always cold. Spring is always so nice, and I love summer since I can actually hang out in nature and be comfortable. But once that first cold snap of autumn rolls through, I know I’ve got six pretty annoying...
My short-term nomadic life

My short-term nomadic life

   In 2011 I moved into a bedroom in a Greenpoint loft building. The room didn’t have any windows, but the common area was huge, with a big wall of windows opening to a balcony overlooking lower Manhattan. Eventually I took over the lease, and lived there for 7 years....