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“Attention Pollution”

I've always been sensitive about cell phones. Basic instincts have always told me constantly needing to check on something that wasn't in this moment couldn't be good for my health (or happiness). My family is of a similar mindset. There's an unspoken credo that we would not pull a phone out mid-conversation or check it at the dinner table without explanation. But… Continue reading “Attention Pollution”

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On Moving: Leaving Behind Everything That is Safe and Comfortable!

A few months ago I wrote about making a big decision. Fast-forward, the decision's made and I'm about to move. I've lived in my apartment for seven years. The longest I've lived anywhere since I moved out of my childhood home in suburban Chicago to go to college in Vermont. Most of my friends have been in and… Continue reading On Moving: Leaving Behind Everything That is Safe and Comfortable!

Personal, Travel

I went to Cuba

I was looking for a turn-off-my-brain beach vacation. Hunting fares online that would plunk me somewhere warm and easy, with internet access. And then I found EXTREMELY affordable, direct flights from JFK to Havana, and it seemed silly not to - so we pulled the trigger - partner-in-crime was my boyfriend. Then the research began. Where to… Continue reading I went to Cuba

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The Anatomy of Decision-making

I'm trying to make a decision that has been floating in and out of my head for months. It's driving me crazy that I can't find a comfortable resolution. Just decide, own it, act, done. Instead I am going back and forth, trying to assess it from all angles, talk to friends, my mother, my grandmother,… Continue reading The Anatomy of Decision-making