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Writer’s Block…of Clay

WRITER’S BLOCK…OF CLAY: The pleasure, pain and Play-Doh of creating By Krista Madsen– There have been times in my writing life—memorable, magical, rare—when the words just seemed to flow from my fingertips. Writing, for me, isn’t a brain exercise so much as so... More »

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Hastings Flea Market Returns for 11th Year

  This story is from the Rivertowns Current by Janine Annett– Rivertowns residents don’t have to travel down to Brooklyn or up to Beacon to find one-of-a-kind items. During the spring and fall months, they can get all kinds of vintage and handcrafted items — p... More »

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Liebman’s Deli Arrives in Ardsley

By Shana Liebman– Mazel tov to Liebman’s, the beloved, Bronx-born Jewish deli that recently opened a second spot in Ardsley. We are so happy to have you (and your half-sour pickles) here. Joe Liebman (no relation to the author) opened the first Liebman’s Deli ... More »

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Umbraphile

UMBRAPHILE: Lover of space | chaser of shadow By Krista Madsen– “BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD” We really need a Moon Moment. President John F. Kennedy had a dream that he first delivered in an address to a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: I believe that thi... More »

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Mambo Italiano Opens in Irvington’s Competitive Market

By Shana Liebman–  That Family Feeling (the Main Street, Irvington sandwich spot with a mean Reuben) has been replaced by a new Italian restaurant, Mambo Italiano — opened by two former employees. Dani Berarducci, the weekend cook at That Family Feeling, says ... More »

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Listen | Silent

LISTEN | SILENT: Here I am, if quietly By Krista Madsen– In similar contradictory fashion to using written words to talk about blank pages, I’ll frame a post on listening and silence in music: “It’s not the notes you play, it’s the notes you don’t play.” _Mile... More »

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White Space

WHITE SPACE: “We’ll have to make little holes for the air” By Krista Madsen– Last week, after navigating the density of daily life, the earth, and the universe itself, I took a vow of silence. Not that severe, but a light goal—for a month—of trying to do less,... More »

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Horror Vacui

HORROR VACUI: The unbearable density of being By Krista Madsen– OUTER SPACE I learned this expression “horror vacui” from my friend Andrew Smith who writes on the topic starting with the very crammed Garden of Earthly Delights painting by Hieronymus Bosch, fil... More »

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35: Becoming Mother

BECOMING MOTHER: Good eggs break and bleed By Krista Madsen– It just occurred to me when I was making mental note of my most “seminal” years, that the dates that resonate most relate to my fertility or the lack. A woman’s timeline is still very much measured b... More »

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Metamorphs

METAMORPHS: Nymph, nymphet, nympho By Krista Madsen– MONSTER MASH “Monster” is a wide net for anything you find monstrous—ghosts, freaks, zombies, big bugs, everyone from Hitler to your average bullied school shooter—but the thread running through this Monster... More »

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Insect-Inside

INSECT-INSIDE: Bugs in the bedroom By Krista Madsen– As often happens now at this on-the-precipice-of-too-late stage of our climate crisis, there is a bug out of place and out of time. A fly in my Northeast winter bedroom attacking the light in a frantic way t... More »

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Monster Mash

Monster Mash: When you bring the dead back to life By Krista Madsen– I have a confession to make that will get me kicked out of civil society. In November, I wrote about how I got ghosted and boo hoo for me. Also just boooo. Publicly sharing elicited condolenc... More »

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Star-Crossed

STAR-CROSSED: An Interstellar Love Story By Krista Madsen– It’s my Home|body anniversary. On Valentine’s Day it will be exactly one year of me producing an essay weekly—in constant collaboration and conversation with you, my dear readers, truly the best of my ... More »

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Gray Matters

GRAY MATTERS: Our brains our plastic; it’s fantastic By Krista Madsen– PATIENT X Elon Musk is the Interrupting Cow joke. I was midway through a zombie-themed essay (TBC) as the start of a series on a monsters/metamorphs when Musk—as he does, Moo!—inserted hims... More »

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A Groggy Glögg Post

A GROGGY GLOGG POST: Cheers to the end of Dry January By Krista Madsen– I don’t drink enough to merit committing to Dry January. But for those who did and are moments away from a celebratory drink, congrats, and might I offer some glögg, gløgg, or grog with a ... More »

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Metric Envy

METRIC ENVY: How many feet does it take to kick out Imperial measures? By Krista Madsen– There is much I would like to challenge about America (our nonexistent gun control, our in-name-only democracy, the fact that someone charged in four criminal cases can st... More »

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Alien | Other

ALIEN | OTHER: Is egocentrism universal? By Krista Madsen– We humans are nothing if not self-involved. We tend to think—if there are alien life forms anywhere else in the universe—that they would somehow keep hovering here on earth like fruitflies over bananas... More »

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Aliens Like Us

ALIENS LIKE US: Projecting ourselves into the cosmos By Krista Madsen– In recent weeks I’ve spiralled Heptapod ink swirls, explored a UFO Fair and its dubiously coiffed abductee, and now—before I leap into the grander philosophical matters of universal Alonene... More »

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Abduction Junction

ABDUCTION JUNCTION: Until I can afford a SpaceX flight, there’s Pine Bush By Krista Madsen– Last week I swirled around the alien language of the great movie Arrival and emerged with a new edit for my old tattoo. Color me human but in my world, the measure of t... More »

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Spin Me

SPIN ME: The alien language that comes full circle By Krista Madsen– The curriculum of my high school physics class involved the teacher playing Beatles records backward for us (“turn me on, dead man”), helping us find subliminal (and overt) sexual messages in... More »

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