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Bubbe’s iPad

Bubbe has a tenuous relationship with technology. Eight years ago, on her 75th birthday, we got her an iPad 2 — her first computer. It was in use, briefly — I remember one paragraph-length text I got from her while my family and I were sightseeing in Boston. But soon after, she pulled away from […]

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My Island Getaway

My best friend, Laila, and I were planning a spring-break getaway to Puerto Rico with our boyfriends. But our plans were quickly thwarted by the coronavirus and the lockdown that followed. Instead of a tropical island escape, I spent spring break in the comfort of my College Point, Queens, home with my family. Actually, I’ve […]

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A Slice of Life

Gino’s Pizzeria stands in a nondescript strip mall on busy Merrick Road in Seaford. Black-tinted windows keep out the sun’s glare and provide the perfect background for seasonal art, like giant snowflakes or red-white-and-blue fireworks. They also prevent passersby from seeing inside – not that there’s much to see these days since table service has […]

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Time for Dinner

Before the coronavirus pandemic, my family had a pretty solid routine and a predictable rhythm to our everyday activities. As uncertain as life can be, we had an idea of what most days would look like. Busy, but manageable. It allowed a monotony that we had become accustomed to and comfortable with. So simple in […]

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Of Time and Tide

Tied up to four weathered cleats with a length of tattered rope, “Fat Allis” slowly pulls in and out of place with the moving tide in Oakdale’s Grand Canal. Green mold dresses the once-white, aged cabin of the tired clam boat. Throughout the day, a pump spits water out of the hull, her only lifeline […]

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When the Coronavirus Comes Home

“How do you feel, sweetie?” my mom now asks me at least ten times a day from her new bedroom on the living room couch.  My dad has been quarantined in their upstairs bedroom for a week. He stays locked away, lying in bed in sweatpants and old white t-shirts that are soaked with perspiration, […]

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Three Generations of Brooklyn

A mother yells to her daughter, “Get up and start getting ready.” The daughter is jolted out of her slumber, which only lasted two hours considering she went to sleep at 4:37 a.m. She rolls out of bed groggy and disoriented but following her mother’s command. She took her shower the night before and laid […]

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Fields of Dreams

The aroma of fresh grass lingers in the spring air, as a gentle breeze carries it along the almost-deserted soccer field. The sun’s torching presence is obvious through the streams of sweat channeling down the side of my face. Without even stepping a foot onto the track, I’m drenched, but determined. Nature is putting up […]

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Romance, Interrupted

I wake up every day and there’s a moment of confusion, of internal panic, as I scramble in my mind to remember what day of the week it is. I don’t know why it’s such a panic. It hardly matters. But there is one constant every day. One thing that seemingly keeps me tethered to […]

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Cookies for Kayla

During the first two weeks of quarantine, I’d cracked open my family’s jacketless hardcover copy of The Best Recipe more times than I could count. After trying and re-trying the classic chocolate chip recipe, whose page was stained and warped by water and vanilla extract, I explored the surrounding pages — recipes we’d never made […]