Published in


I Left New York for Greener Pastures — and a Puppy

The rolling hills of Appalachia have been my refuge from the coronavirus epidemic

Illustration: Michelle Kondrich

GEN asked two writers to explore what it means to stay in New York, and what it’s like to leave. Glynnis MacNicol stayed in the city. Meghan Daum left New York to quarantine in Virginia’s Appalachian mountains:




What matters now. A publication from Medium about politics, power, and culture.

Recommended from Medium

Ending the blame game

Two Lessons I Learned Early In Life


Don’t let perceived rules trigger conditioned nonsense

Quarantine a party for introverts? Online life, not an extraverted life?


How To Deal With Toxic Family & Friends Peacefully

JClay looking annoyed and bothered

The Desire To be the Best

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum

Weekly blogger for Medium. Host of @TheUnspeakPod. Author of six books, including The Problem With Everything.

More from Medium

Why Is Education Important? | It’s What Will Keep this Century the American Century

“Wow there’s a job like that?!”

Two women next to the propeller of a small red and white plane.

Moving at the Speed of the Pandemic: Developing a Tool to Allow our College to Open Safely

Keep the Faith