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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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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 […]

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Music in the Time of Quarantine

In the pre-pandemic world, Jason Gisser would be standing in a new bar or restaurant nearly every night tuning his guitar and warming up his voice. But those days seem very long ago and now, in this confusing age of the coronavirus, he is stuck inside his Wappingers Falls home setting up his computer to […]

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The Backyard Escape

Tall pine trees shield the three children playing in a shared backyard from the blazing sun. It’s an afternoon in late April around 55 degrees with a mild breeze, just enough to prevent you from sweating too much.  Other children are outside but they aren’t playing with each other. Instead, they stay in their own […]