The “positivity movement” (which we’re seeing an upswing of right now), self-help programs, and other improvement disciplines are notorious for touting radical effects on the spiritual lives of its devotees, but often fail to encourage the painful work of approaching and detangling the worst parts of ourselves.

Usually, this involves…


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If you haven’t done this before, you might be pretty stoked about this whole social distancing/quarantine scenario. Working in your PJ’s? Spending extra time with your pets? Sending emails from the comfort of your couch? What a dream! Thanks, terrible pandemic! There really is a silver lining for everything!

Alas……


Fun fact: I didn’t eat butter for almost two years. It was a sad time.

I almost got a breakfast tattoo–thrice. I’m not messing around. To me, there’s nothing more decadent than the combination of breakfast sausage, crispy waffles, greasy corned beef hash, over-easy eggs, and a cup of sweet coffee. This would for sure be my final meal on death row, the hypothetical “one…


That’s a pretty mis.

Don’t you hate it when people post recipes, but make you scroll through a novel’s worth of words containing a neatly tied-in personal experience? That’s not going to happen here. Because I already did that in this piece. You’re welcome.

But it’s not all good news.

I do still have…


Estes Park, Colorado.

It’s been nearly a year since my partner Doug and I moved to Lancaster. Land of scrapple, whoopie pies, and Amish country. Home to the oldest farmer’s market in the USA. …


Our super-hip content company needs hopeless freelance writers to throw their dignity in the garbage and write laboriously boring blog posts for companies falling behind in the wake of overwhelming technological advancement!

I promise we are super cool- here’s an edgy, modern slang phrase to prove it: that’s the TEA…


Original Photo taken in Lancaster, PA (Pixel2)

I can tell you the exact moment that I realized I couldn’t be a chef in a professional kitchen.

I’d been working for the restaurant for a month already- workshopping recipes, setting up stations, and preparing equipment for its highly anticipated opening.

On this particular day, we were hosting a…


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It’s the time of year where Netflix presents us with the notoriously formulaic, mawkishly romantic, and detectably low budget holiday films we all know and love.

They’re predictable! They’re relatable! The male protagonists are thoughtful and moderately decent! They’re everything a 20–40 year old cis single/unhappily committed white middle class…


Each day of December barely makes an appearance- the sun hangs low behind a veil of white clouds, hardly making any attempt to shine, disappearing shortly after lunch. …


minor trigger warning: This piece discusses methods of eating restriction at length.

When my mother did laundry, she’d sit on the hallway floor in front of our wooden toy-box hamper. …

Judy Russ

Where food & feelings converge // Full time writer & cook with the agricultural advantage in Amish country.

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