Seven is a funny number. A signal that we’ve been at it for quite some time.

(If you are doing the math, this was written last Sunday, March 22nd).

It’s been about seven days since New York City started taking this self-quarantine business seriously. Without getting into the anxious politics of that timeline, let’s simply focus on the number seven.

Seven is a funny number, in my opinion. Upon first glance, it seems a digit of little importance, but if you look around you, you’ll find that seven is keeping time in the shadows of our calendars. Seven days marks…


Two years ago, I sent out an email to all the women in my life asking them to help me with a project. I called it The Five Words Project and the request was simple: send me five words that you would use to describe yourself right now, at this very moment. The idea was also simple: to catalogue the complexity of women — to celebrate our strengths and our weaknesses, our immovable spirits and our shifting dreams.

The project was inspired by Nora Ephron’s 1996 Wellesley commencement speech (you can read it here!). In her speech, Nora plays a…

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