My now-obsolete summer job

A vintage car parked in a gravel driveway in front of a house.

In the early 2000s, digital cameras existed, but not everyone had them. People needed to sell their cars. People wanted to buy cars. Auto Trader magazine was the solution, and I was one of their photographers.

“Sell your car fast! …We’ll take the photo!” …

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

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.

The horses didn’t like it

a horse extending his nose to the person taking the picture

When I was a kid we had two horses. Part of being a horse owner was that you occasionally had to worm them. What was worming them? It was squirting anti-parasite paste into the horses’ mouths to keep them free from worms. What was that paste? Ivermectin.

Ivermectin came in…

Even though you aren’t here

A small, clear cube with colorful light shining through it.

There is a space where our friendship lives even though you aren’t here. You got COVID-19 in March 2020, and you went into the hospital. You were one of the people who needed a ventilator. I had to say goodbye to you on a phone that our friend held up…

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

a Polaroid picture of a movie theater

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…

I have to remind myself that taxes exist when I read these

I’m sure you’ve seen headlines like this, which pop up like cheerful, helpful weeds on Medium:

  • “My Blogging Income was $2,000 in March”
  • “Here’s How I Made $3,000 Last Month as a Freelance Writer”
  • “I Work 6 Hours Per Week, Spend the Rest of My Time Playing Hacky Sack and…

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

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., …

How I wish it had gone

In March 2020, we realized as a nation that the novel coronavirus was going to be a dire threat. The president came on television and told everyone that this was a serious situation but we would get through it together, as Americans. We would rise to the challenge. He said…

It was an unsettling distraction from an otherwise mostly good documentary

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…

Debunking harsh thoughts that can keep us from writing

We all have an inner critic. Mine can be especially jaded and brutal when it comes to my own writing. In order to write anything, I need to push past the doubts. It’s not easy.

Every time I write something new, I face one or more of these untruths from…

Vanessa Resler

Writing about life, movies, and other things.

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