Why I regret eating a cookie for breakfast today

I ate a cookie for breakfast today. This may not seem earth shattering, especially the day after Christmas, when the kitchen is filled with so many sweets one’s teeth can ache just passing by: feather light meringues, dense rainbow cookies, chocolate-dipped butter cookies festooned with Christmas-colored sprinkles. …

A scene from a mass vaccination site

Yesterday, in early evening, I took my eleven year-old daughter to a vaccination site in Times Square. I had already scheduled an appointment for the following afternoon at a nearby pharmacy, but then she would not be eligible to receive the city’s gift of a $100 debit card. She is…

Annual Atonement with Some Help from a Friend and a Fresca

I’m not a terribly observant Jew, but I have a special fondness for Yom Kippur, the most sacred day of the Jewish year. Unlike holidays that have historical relevance but less of a connection to modern-day life, on Yom Kippur we fast, confess, and pray in order to atone for…

Laura Friedman Williams

Author of AVAILABLE: A Memoir of Sex & Dating After a Marriage Ends (Boro/HarperUK June ‘21).

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