Thought-provoking

For my deep-thinkers, who are full of dreams, thoughts and big ideas.

March 22, 2020

A New York minute: 

Thursday, 4:23 p.m. 

The waters between Playa Del Carmen and the Mexican island of Cozumel are incredibly choppy. How do I know? Because I’m riding a ferry in between them. And on this, our trip back to Playa Del Carmen, my stomach is doing considerably better than on the trip to Cozumel, but still not great. I’m telling you, I’ve never gotten seasick, and today is no exception, but as I get older my stomach...

March 15, 2020

A New York minute: 

Sunday, 12:23 a.m. 

It’s past midnight, and I’m not tired yet. But I just took a Benadryl to ease a very itchy bump on my arm, so I should be soon. 

Obviously, there’s a lot going on right now, I don’t need to tell you that. I, like many, have spent my week working from home. But now, unlike many, I’m gearing up for a trip to Mexico that Arun and I planned in January. And we’re concerned, but we’re also dedica...

March 1, 2020

A New York minute: 

Thursday, 5:29 p.m.

I’m four or five stops into the commute home. The man sitting next to me is eating something that smells very sweet, almost like artificially fruity. I take a quick glance and see he’s eating cut up strawberries with a fork out of a sandwich bag. And that’s when the scent of strawberries overwhelms me. After a very long day of event preparations, a day of emotional ups and downs, the smell...

February 23, 2020

A New York minute: 

Saturday, 10:24 a.m.

Sitting on my couch in my Queens apartment, I am exhausted. For having only been a four-day week, it was incredibly taxing. So instead of getting up and getting groceries like I normally do, I decided to make cereal and coffee and sit on my couch and watch Netflix’s I Am A Killer this morning instead. And on this episode (“Owning It,” if you’re interested), the former death row inmate’s s...

February 16, 2020

A New York Minute:

Thursday, 5:08 p.m.

Not only have I scored a seat on the train during rush hour (a feat), but I’m still running on some leftover adrenaline from having just interviewed Andrew Zimmern. Sitting across from the man I’ve watched on the Travel Channel since I was in middle school is a surreal experience. He looks the very same, down to the orange glasses. He’s long-winded, incredibly passionate about political iss...

February 9, 2020

Welcome to The Weekly, a (you guessed it) weekly briefing on life in the big city (more or less). As a Midwesterner who moved to New York City a little over a year ago, I’m both within and without, as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, and The Weekly will give you a peak into what I’m doing, seeing, eating, reading and buying every week in the Big Apple (nobody here calls it that, interestingly). Without further ado, meet The Weekly.

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November 15, 2018

There’s a man sitting adjacent to me wearing a very dapper, British-inspired outfit consisting of different tones of khaki and light brown. He wears a tweed blazer, has a Super Bowl-sized ring on his right hand, and holds a cup of coffee whilst reading an actual newspaper. The New York Post it turns out. 

The woman sitting next to me is either crazy or speaking into headphones I can’t see, as every few minutes she says somethin...

March 4, 2018

I don’t like New York City. I don’t love it either, just in case you thought that’s where I was going with that.

New York City is a strange, smelly, dangerous, opportunity-filled place. This first time I came to New York, I was 17 and pretty sure I didn’t want to live here. Now, on my second trip to New York at 22, I’m pretty sure I’ll have to live here to have the career I’d like to have. Don’t get me wrong New York has its go...

July 30, 2017

I once stood on top of a Scottish mountain. It would be cliché to say that I felt like I could see the world, but really I felt like I could see everything of importance, everything that mattered to me in that moment. The memory is somewhat foggy now, but I remember being on top of this relatively short mountain overlooking Loch Lomond in the Highlands. And I remember taking it all in. Looking out at the water and seeing the e...

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