Trader Joe's banana spread

Fruit and Flowers

My birthday is mere weeks away, and I’ve completed half of my birthday list. I expected to be further along by now, but “It is what it is,” as my mom would say. So many people have talked about new hobbies they’ve picked up during the pandemic with all of the extra time they’ve had. […]

Tea at the Library

Like any good Anglophile, I love afternoon tea. I’ve enjoyed trying it at different hotels in Boston: the Ritz-turned-Taj, the Four Seasons, the Park Plaza. I’ve also had tea at L’Espalier and Upstairs on the Square (R.I.P.). I had been wanting to try tea at the Boston Public Library, but up until a year or […]

20–Year Love Affair

I realized the other day that I was wrapping up my semester abroad in England 20 years ago this month. I chose to study in England because I didn’t have proficiency in another language…and I’m convinced that I was destined to start a love affair with England. I went from studying at a small state […]

Give Me a Child until He Is Seven

…and I will give you the man. This is the premise of the British documentary series known as the “Up Series.” In 1964, an English television director chose fourteen 7-year-olds from different socioeconomic groups and different geographical areas of England and filmed them, intending to introduce people to the future laborers and executives of the […]

Adopting Customs

I was raised a tea drinker. Neither of my parents drank coffee at home, but my dad drank Lipton tea. Then I discovered coffee in high school, and it assisted me greatly in maintaining functionality during countless early mornings and late evenings throughout college. And then I went to England for a semester during my […]