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Our Oxymoronic Times

By Vega Subramaniam

Our current experience is large; it contains multitudes.

We’re used to the same event evoking multiple, even contradictory emotions. Weddings, funerals, family gatherings, new jobs, all of these experiences are laced with mixed emotions. Joy, nervousness, excitement, … Read More

What Stage of the Pandemic are We in?

By Vega Subramaniam

Dateline: Blursday, Marchtober, 2020. (Still 2020. I’m so…so sorry.)

Remember in early March when we were told things like that the gym would be closed “for the next two weeks”? And we maybe even believed that in … Read More

17 Jul '20

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How to Go About Daily Business in the Midst of the Greatest Uncertainty We’ve Ever Faced

By Vega Subramaniam

I know there’s a lot of variation in how we’re experiencing Life right now. Me, I’m pretty terrified, I have to say. I worry about my parents. Mala worries about her mom. We worry about each other, … Read More

Through the Lens of One South Asian for Black Lives

By Vega Subramaniam

My mom and I immigrated here from India in 1968 (my dad preceded us in 1966), solely as a result of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act. Which means I owe my life and my bounty here … Read More

Just Wait

By Megan Rolfe

Sometimes it feels like we are stuck and there is no way out.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot due to…oh, you know, current circumstances. Where I live, there has been a lot of deep breathing … Read More

Mental Health Awareness Month and Us

By Vega Subramaniam

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To my fellow travelers along our bumpy, shifting, treacherous path of survival, I see you and salute you.

Job loss, financial stress, and social isolation: three of the biggest predictors of … Read More

24 Apr '20

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Sustain the Flame/Don’t Just Inspire the Fire

By Vega Subramaniam

In the days when a human could casually imagine doing this (read: before March 11th), Mala and I love(d) camping. We love the wilderness, the fresh air, the birds.

And when we camp, naturally we build campfires.Read More

10 Apr '20

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No Guilt, No Pressure, Just Us Surviving

By Vega Subramaniam

What a difference a month can make, eh?

I’ve found myself cocooning for the past several weeks.

For one thing, Mala and I (and her mom) moved a couple weeks ago, from Silver Spring to Laurel, MD, … Read More

Doing My Part to Flatten the Curve

By Vega Subramaniam

To add to the growing list of places that are closed, I just now got a notice from our apartment building that the fitness center is closed for two weeks (to be clear: I don’t actually useRead More

Maybe This Time…

By Vega Subramaniam

There’s a writing fellowship I’ve had my sights on for…well, for at least a few years now. Every once in awhile, I’ll go to the website, check out the next application date, salivate a bit over the … Read More