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On Departures

II. London Thanksgiving always poses a challenge: as an expat Canadian, I’ve pretty much had to abandon the Thanksgiving of my own people (which falls on American Columbus Day), in favor of fretting over what I’ll do with an ill-timed … Continue reading

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On Departures

I. I travel as much as I can, which is just enough to teach me how little of the world I’ve seen, and to whet my appetite to travel more. And I’m always bemused when I come back from wherever … Continue reading

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On Resolve

Behaviorists are frequently cited at this time of year, reminding people that, rather than resolve to change, in the largest, most general sense, it’s better to set pragmatic realistic goals, with discrete, manageable steps toward progress. We’re warned that changing … Continue reading

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On Interruption

Polonius: …since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief… Queen Gertrude: More matter, with less art. (Hamlet II.ii) I was regaling my mother with tales of my and my friends’ … Continue reading

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On Being Feral (An argument in defiance of settling)

As you’ve learned about me by now, the past few years of my life have been haunted by a social and existential bête noir: being single when I don’t want to be. Despite the fact that neither I nor my … Continue reading

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On the Care of the Body

The other day, I was getting a manicure in an attempt to curb the Black Swan cuticle situation that tends to develop in times of stress: pay a professional to straighten things up and then try to leave them alone, … Continue reading

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On Sitting Alone in Bars

The life of the Strong Independent Woman is not all sequins and salsa dancing. Like everyone else’s life, it’s often just too busy, too pressed, and, at the same time, too routine. Sometimes it’s a little too lonely. It’s often … Continue reading

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On Casualties (or: how casual dating causes casual harm)

  Internet dating makes monsters of us all. I’ve written/lamented/pouted/railed before about the perfidy of the person you have a date or two with, get excited about, reveal things to, harbor rare optimism for—who suddenly vanishes as if he never … Continue reading

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On Being Paid For

I took the plunge and went back to one of the bigger online dating sites. In a little over two weeks I’ve been viewed by over two thousand men!! —though I have to upgrade to the Paid plan in order … Continue reading

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On Probability (or: what’s a nerdy girl like me doing in a place like this??)

So let me tell you how it’s been. I’ve been “getting out there” as the saying goes, trying to live my best life, letting me be me, making an effort, but not trying so hard that I get in the … Continue reading

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