I wonder if I have this condition that I didn’t know about until now

She doesn’t seem worried about smartphone pinkie — yet. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

These are stressful times. We have COVID, climate change, political division, supply shortages, and nagging anxiety from seeing pictures of sad, hulking container ships lined up and stranded in the ocean, waiting to be unloaded.

The other day, I read a Washington Post article that alerted me to a new…

I’m trying remember to put these out into the world

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When it comes to writing reviews or giving feedback to stores and businesses, it’s easy to forget the good experiences and focus on the negative ones. But lately I’ve thought about how giving positive feedback could possibly make someone’s day better or just add a little friendliness to the world.

My three recent trips to the cinema after a pandemic hiatus from moviegoing

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Movie theaters are an escape and sanctuary. For two hours, real life pauses and your mind can fly with the film, above, and beyond it. I used to go to a movie every couple of weeks, sometimes every week.

It was strange not going to a movie for over a…

A journal-like dispatch with small and soon-to-be-forgotten incidents

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This week I went on a hike in Shenandoah National Park. I had been on this trail once before, and its lovely river and waterfall views drew me back. I got to the park early, around 7 a.m., …

It was an unsettling distraction from an otherwise mostly good documentary

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When I found out that they used an AI-constructed version of Anthony Bourdain’s voice for several lines of voiceover dialogue in Roadrunner — the new documentary about Bourdain’s life — I was upset. I didn’t want to hear a fake digital voice woven into a movie about a guy who…

Vanessa Resler

Writing about life, movies, and other things.

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