On insomnia, heroines, and true love
On fibs, falsehoods, and fabrications
On letter writing and mourning
On quotidian torture, foreign language instruction, and remorse
On murderous dromedaries, shadow selves, and middle-aged love
On anxiety, panic, and holding on
On university vaccine mandates and crowded clown cars
On hostessing, guesting, and being Clarissa Dalloway
On the pleasures of chit-chat and talking to strangers
On family heirlooms, useless Pilgrim ancestors, and Laura Ingalls Wilder wannabes
On 1970s musicals and making friends
On kitchen alchemy, The Great British Bake-Off, and generosity