Irish Poetry and its Super Hero: Seamus Heaney

For a time, I lived in Dublin. A time that feels far, far away now; since the pandemic has made time an accordion—shorter, longer, short, short, long. Mostly I spent that year in the rarefied Trinity College library researching all day just two flights above the enshrined Book of Kells. Dating back to 600 A.D. the illuminated manuscript inked on velum by...

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10 Offbeat Love Quotes from Famous Authors

In a traditional Catholic grade school like mine, even love had its rules. Valentine’s Day was no exception. Ahem, that’s St. Valentine’s Day, which honors an ancient Roman martyr Valentinus, executed on Feb. 14. In third grade, I had a slightly offbeat nun who seemed to revel in the idea of having a party to celebrate the martyr. What a boon! When...

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10 Life Lessons from My Research

Over the past few years, my research has taught me many things. What comes to mind are the people I encountered who had a keen sense of identity that made them resilient after defeat and steady at the crossroads. They taught me so much about life. In reflecting on 2020, it seemed like a good idea to share some of the lessons...

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Reading: In My Kitchen-Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman

Alison Roman kept me cooking through COVID. I love that her savory food and sassy style are all served from her bare-bones Brooklyn kitchen. She’s built a following of Millennials hungry for doable ways to host dinners, and foodies like me who are fed up with prim perfectionism of oh, say, Martha Stewart. I’m telling you, Roman is the future of cooking....

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