Early & Alone

Jill Gallagher
Musings on dating, not dating, and everything in between.
Created 14 Mar 2021
  • Early & Alone #58: My Own Worst Bad Art Friend
    14 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Oh I’m sorry, did you think you could escape the Bad Art Friend discourse for even a second this week? You were mistaken. I thought about taking the high road and refraining from going in-depth on thi...
  • Early & Alone #57: Home Is Where the Anchor Drops
    04 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    My mom got me a sign that says “Home Is Where the Anchor Drops” and hung it on the hook on my bathroom door the day I moved in to my new apartment. I’ve been thinking a lot about what that means, and ...
  • Early & Alone #56: Where Everyone Knows Your Name
    17 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    The dog park in my neighborhood is sprawling and almost always crowded. People bring their unwanted chairs there and leave them scattered around, lending a kind of lived-in quality to the park. It ove...
  • Early & Alone #55: What We Hold Onto
    05 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 7 0
    It started with a floral hatbox my grandmother gave me. I was maybe 10 or 11. I put it under my bed and it slowly filled with movie ticket stubs, notes folded into neat triangles, and various Playbill...
  • Early & Alone #54: Out of Luck
    20 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 3 2
    This summer started out so optimistically. We were vaccinated and ready to PARTY! Or at least to consume things indoors, with other people. We were so naive. Now, I’m not alone in not knowing how to p...
  • Early & Alone #53: A Mood
    05 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 7 0
    A candle is lit. Writing music playlist is playing. Coffee is poured. It’s early enough so that it’s still somewhat quiet in my apartment. It’s raining outside. The scene is set for writing. And yet. ...
  • Early & Alone #52: The One Where Joey Dies Alone in the Sandwich Shop
    31 May 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    This weekend was long and rainy and cold. It was lonely. The only time I left my apartment was to attend a funeral mass for my sister-in-law’s grandmother. And though the rain added to my general sens...
  • Early & Alone #51: Forever Home
    18 May 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    Today marks eight months since I moved from Boston to Providence. My apartment is huge and light-filled, with white brick walls, tall windows, and high ceilings. There’s central air, an in-unit washer...
  • Early & Alone #50: Languishing
    28 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 4 0
    You’ve probably seen the NYT article that’s been circulating around the internet for the last week. And if you haven’t read the actual article, you may have heard (or seen tweets about) the premise: a...
  • Early & Alone #49: Future Nostalgia
    15 Apr 2021 • 4 min read • 5 2
    I got a fanny pack. File that sentence under words I never thought I’d type. But I’ve seen too many cute bloggers sling fanny packs across their chests and look just ready to zip around, all hands-fre...
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