The Vortex of Change and Challenge, or, The Beauty Around Me

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My life has been a whirlwind of change and challenge since moving away from New York City 2.5 months ago. I willingly stepped into a vortex that immediately took me away from an existence I'd spent two years building, into the heart of a changing family dynamic, through a tense month and a half of unemployment, and on to living in a city I'd only ever experienced at a distance. "Life comes at you in waves." It's an insight of my Mom's that could not ...

“What Potent Blood Hath Modest May!”

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It's that awkward in-between stretch that really leaves one helpless. It's knowing that something drastic is about to change, and that you cannot do anything about it until the day comes when it actually changes. In example: moving away from New York City. My one-way ticket to Wisconsin reads May 31, 2014. When I glanced at the date in the upper-right hand corner of my computer screen just now, my stomach churned a little at reading May 1. One month. A month to slowly pack my too-small ...

A Date or Two with Food and Fate

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"Promise yourself not to solve all of life's problems at once." The quoted glared at me from the November page of my calendar as I looked up at it this morning. It was the first time I'd really noticed the inspirational passage of the month, despite being 23 days in. I even felt compelled to peek at December's almost-materialistic, definitely cultural, slightly poetic quote, "Wrap it all in peace." But as I moved on to the brushing of my hair and the flossing of my teeth ...

A Commencement Address from NYC to You

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I graduated from college one year ago today. Looking back, I don’t remember a word of advice my commencement speaker gave my graduating class; I barely remember who the speaker was. Maybe she was a sub-par speaker (as it were I still remember parts of my brother’s college graduation speeches), but maybe it’s also true that we can’t really heed advice until it becomes relevant to our lives. Which is why, every time I see the sun set over the Manhattan skyline (or even every ...

Ruthie’s Semi-Official NYC Foodie Bucket List

*This list has since been revised. Please see my "Reverse Bucket List" for my best NYC foodie suggestions. It's hard being a New Yorker and a foodie. It's even harder being a foodie in New York...the difference being limited time. With literally endless choices of mostly good-quality places to eat, where really does one start? Let me first say that I in no way intend to limit my culinary experiences to those on a list. In fact, I prefer to be spontaneous and eat at as ...