I didn’t want to admit it, but prayer seemed to work

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As a freelancer, I thought I was made for pandemic-style work life. Maybe I was wrong.

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Why was my essay about leaving New York during the pandemic the most sinister of my career?


How to live your life on a need-to-know basis

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Can I retire now?

“essays for $1200” on March 24, 2021 Jeopardy


I said I shouldn’t. For now.

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This Is Us

I used to be known for personal writing. Now I can’t bear it.

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Why have I been working as a writer all this time when I could have been selling mugs?


I still love Los Angeles. Will I ever be able to go back?

A black bear visited L.A.’s Eagle Rock area on the evening of March 3, 2020


Microphone Settings Are Making Me Crazy.

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Meghan Daum

Weekly blogger for Medium. Host of @TheUnspeakPod. Author of six books, including The Problem With Everything. www.theunspeakablepodcast.com www.meghandaum.com

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