Aleka Gürel

Aleka Gürel
Semi-regular recipe & reading inspiration, plus the occasional health policy thought.
Created 08 Mar 2020
  • It's beginning to feel a lot like... normal?
    07 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    Hi, friends. I’m writing to you this week from Vermont, which is currently extremely green, very warm, and full of mosquitoes (though thankfully no cicadas.) We flew East last week to attend the weddi...
  • Hello, it's May.
    02 May 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Oh hey, friends. Long time no see. Life has been a whirlwind — work somehow keeps managing to get more intense, most recently with the passage of the American Rescue Plan (more on that later!) and eve...
  • On birthdays
    08 Mar 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Hi, friends. Welcome to the birthday edition of my newsletter! By this I mean both that it was my birthday on Friday and that, given that I’m aiming to write this about once a month from now on, this ...
  • New year, new me (?)
    08 Feb 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    For the past three years, I’ve spent the first weeks of January off of social media. I don’t remember the specifics of why I started - I was probably burned out, tired of feeling constantly angry, my ...
  • 2020 in Review
    01 Jan 2021 • 9 min read • 6 1
    Hi friends! It’s been a while since I checked in, I know. Work got a little overwhelming, as it always does during Open Enrollment, and then I had a ukulele-related injury that made it difficult to ty...
  • On routine as self-care
    16 Nov 2020 • 6 min read • 0 2
    Whew, it’s been a week (or two.) Anybody else experiencing an election hangover? For all my grand ambitions about healthy momentum, my schedule completely fell apart over the course of days of countin...
  • Clinging on to healthy momentum
    02 Nov 2020 • 7 min read • 3 4
    When I first sat down to start writing this installment, there were two weeks until Open Enrollment. Somehow, I never got around to finishing it, and suddenly, it’s November 1st! Over the next six wee...
  • On getting back to "normal"
    12 Oct 2020 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Happy Sunday, folks. I’m writing to you from San Francisco again - Sam and I flew back on Tuesday after three months, a much longer period of time than we originally expected to stay out East. It was ...
  • Slow is fast
    28 Sep 2020 • 6 min read • 4 0
    I have an embarrassing admission: prior to this week, I never really believed the hype about fall in Vermont. In all fairness, none of the times I’ve come up here over the past fifteen years have coin...
  • How the ACA impacts you, specifically.
    21 Sep 2020 • 6 min read
    Hi, friend. It's been a little while since we've last spoken. To be honest, work has been hectic for the past few weeks and booting up my laptop on the weekends felt like more than I could bear. But t...
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