Active Listening

Eva Talmadge
Notes from the offline life.
Created 20 Apr 2021
  • Keeping in touch
    12 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 7 1
    I feel like I should say more about the thirty-year-old boyfriend. He had a lot more going for him than a roach-free apartment. He’d just wrecked his Mustang when we met, and was driving a car that hi...
  • To Philadelphia
    27 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 4 5
    The week I graduated high school I moved into the apartment of my thirty-year-old boyfriend in Broward County and pretty much never went back home. I’ve spent a few nights there since then, over the p...
  • Masks are back :(
    15 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 5 2
    I wrote a thing about how it felt like the virus was over, how we all got to spend a minute feeling like this whole sad era of isolation and death was finally behind us—at least for those of us in the...
  • Bad habits
    29 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 5 0
    When I started this newsletter I did not expect to write about my mom at all. She’s been doing the same thing for so many years that it felt like she’d never change. But change, of course, is the only...
  • Picking up where we left off
    16 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 7 0
    Matt and I are in Portland this month for the first time since January 2020. In toddler years, that’s about a decade—our kids have changed so much, the littlest one most of all, having dropped into th...
  • Who we lost
    01 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Among the 145 people still missing in the collapsed condominium in Surfside, near Miami Beach, is Ruslan Manashirov, a family practice doctor, and his wife, Nicole Doran, a nurse in the Aventura Hospi...
  • Reentry
    25 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    My friend Anne down in Broward County said something that stuck with me about our experiences of the end of the pandemic being different. In South Florida people have been behaving as though the pande...
  • Hard trip
    10 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    One month into the pandemic, someone close to my mother called to inform me that she was losing her memory. Thirteen months later, after about a thousand hours of logging into bank and credit card acc...
  • What toddlers want
    28 May 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Last night while I was putting my two-year-old to bed, he asked me for his striped pants, which were in the hamper. I knew he meant the black-and-yellow striped pants, part of his bumblebee pajama set...
  • Unsolicited advice
    21 May 2021 • 3 min read • 7 0
    I keep trying to convince my brother to get vaccinated. He’s 55 years old. He’s a corrections officer. He's now lost four coworkers to COVID-19. But he doesn't want the vaccine because, as he puts it,...
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