Author Archives: claisly

Olympic Figure Skating Time Machine

As my best friend Jessica says, at a time when all eyes are on Sochi and everyone is talking about Yulia Lipnitskaya, Yuzuru Hanyu and Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, I am probably one of very few people … Continue reading

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Eat my pear and dinner too

After my sister and I saw the Japanese movie I Wish, which is about two brothers separated by divorce, we said to one another, “I wonder if Joseph ever wonders what it would be like to have a brother. We have one of … Continue reading

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Okay, so things were kind of bad….

These last 6 months have been rough, but I am so grateful to be alive, and for my parents, siblings, family, and friends. I had planned to publish this very long essay as my first post in several months, but … Continue reading

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Things Are Not As Bad As They Seem In My Head

Things Are Not As Bad As They Seem In My Head–My Rallying Cry these days.

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First Hour of the Day: Morning Pages at

I am the ultimate morning person. The only way I could be more in love with mornings is if I were actually a senior citizen and not just someone who got up at 6 am, drank hot water, and ate … Continue reading

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Friday Night: Yoga Dance and Prosecco Punch

Friday night at the Farber-Lai Household looks a little like this: Kate is tucked away in her room going over chemistry flashcards with her best friend–he’s in his last year of medical school; she’s just embarked on her premed adventure. … Continue reading

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I Write This For You

And boys, in case you didn’t know it, this song, all of this, this song is for you. This brings me to the greatest influence of my life, my amazing mother, Evelyn. Mom, I know you’re inside those blue eyes … Continue reading

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Pulling Espresso Shots and Other Updates On Life

You may ask yourself, how do I work this? You may ask yourself, where is that large automobile? You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful house You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful wife Talking Heads, … Continue reading

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A Quick Soup Usually Reserved For Camping

The closest thing I have as reference for cooking on the fly with shortcuts is my dad cooking at a camp site, or in hotel rooms for road trips. Otherwise, at home when my siblings and I came home from … Continue reading

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Post-Sandy Yoga: Channeling Love and Gratitude

At the beginning of yoga class last night, one of my teacher said, “In the aftermath of Sandy-Frankenstein I am thankful that those closest to me and I have not been too negatively impacted.” That statement kind of struck me … Continue reading

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