Help Wanted read the sign in the window — an unusual and welcome sight during the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001. I took a deep breath, tugged at the bottom of my blouse to smooth the sweat wrinkles, and walked into the hotel lobby. I needed this job.


A collection of essays about life, love, and survival during unprecedented times.

The COVID pandemic brought a lot of new things into my life, including gray hair, buying sweatpants online, and mid-day power naps. But it also reconstituted something that had been missing for years: creativity. …

The holidays are upon us. I know this because I’ve seen lots of social media posts that say THE HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US. Also, because Christmas threw up in the dollar section of Target about two months ago. It felt a little late this year.

I can’t say that I’ve…

My 11-year-old son — with his huge brown eyes and small frame and impossibly curly hair — looks just like a miniature version of me. And that’s where the resemblance ends.

Don’t be fooled by the smiles…we were probably arguing 30 seconds earlier.

I once took an online personality test that identified me as an organizer and a time-keeper. He, on the…

Alison Roth

Writer, podcast addict, runner, stick-shift driver, parent & step-parent. Not necessarily in that order. Personal page: all opinions are my own. (she/her)

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