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How I Got Through This

It’s a game I didn’t need to win — I just needed to push through

Few things have brought me more comfort and joy during the pandemic than a video game beloved by millions of adolescent children. I’m a grown-ass adult who does Very Adult Things, like paying taxes and drinking whiskey straight, and yet Minecraft consumes a not so insignificant portion of my brain…


How I Got Through This

Feeling disconnected, it was time to commune with the Wood Wide Web

On the sad curve of what passed for big fun in 2020, going for a walk in the woods was the Covid equivalent of… I don’t know, checking into a luxe hotel for a three-day weekend?

My wife and I went for a lot of nature walks this year: the…


How I Got Through This

The Gang’s chaos agents helped me understand what the hell just happened

At the end of every day, I slide three feet from the desk where I sit with my computer, to the couch where I sit with my computer. I’ve made something for dinner — at this point an exercise in calories, and boredom, usually over polenta — when my boyfriend…


How I Got Through This

The world fell to pieces, but I knew I could crawl into the little glowing screen of my phone to find comfort in my friends

Here’s a handful of topics I broached with my group chat in the past 24 hours: Covid-19 vaccine videos that have made me sob; god I’m so annoyed at anti-vaxxers; I think I imprinted on both Tom Cruise and Thandie Newton at age 8 thanks to Mission: Impossible 2; also…


How I Got Through This

In a year of uncertainty, at least we could take control of our marriage

My husband and I weren’t alone in having to choose between postponing our big autumn wedding because of the pandemic, or becoming one of those viral (pun intended) news stories about selfish couples hosting superspreader events. We chose the former. It was an easy decision, made easier by having plenty…


How I Got Through This

His name is Alfie, he is 16 years old, and he is my whole world

Alfie is a picky eater. Unless you’ve got a tuna-and-chicken bisque on hand — and not just any bisque, it’s got to be a specific senior-branded bisque made by Hartz Delectables — he won’t give a shit what you’ve put in his bowl. I learned this lesson the hard way…

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