Just in time for Mother’s Day, Emily Ferber reflects on important time spent with her mom
My mother carries a paper outline of my right foot around with her at all times. Initially, it was the sole of an old sandal she found abandoned in my closet when I packed up …see more
And spoiler: it was nothing like the tequila diet
My brother is convinced that he will outlive the rest of my family because he doesn't drink coffee. I know I mentioned this last week but it's worth reiterating. There is also substantial-though-unproven evidence floating …see more
I’m on the pursuit of happiness
Instagram's a tricky game. It can be used as a window into your normal life or an aspirational dream-world filtered through Valencia. The popular trend seems to lean toward the latter, but one too many …see more
Slippery little mofos, aren’t they?
It was reported in the news last month that a man, upon dropping his cell phone into the depths of the L train's tracks at the East 105th stop in Canarsie, leapt after his digital …see more
Because ‘Food for Thought’ felt too cliché.
Growing up, eating well meant eating low-fat; I felt good about a snack of instant oatmeal and Diet Coke. When I started to gain weight in college, the concept of looking at a food label …see more
And their function as a precursor to selfies
I'd always admired people with "joke" profile pictures. Those weird-but-funny anti-headshots; the five-chin creep-face crops reserved for the unbridled and carefree. A few kids I knew went into their first years of college represented by shirtless …see more
Gently down the stream so that you can still walk tomorrow
I never understood why someone would elect to participate in the sport of rowing. It always seemed to me that anyone who knowingly entered an activity that required 4 AM, daily, hour-long "warm up runs" …see more