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New York City, home to over 700 bridges that connects all five boroughs, stands as one of the cities with the most bridges in the world, behind Hamburg and Amsterdam. Some of these bridges represent the oldest parts of New York’s history, serving as icons for the city today.

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Though there is some debate about the origins of the word “religion,” I am partial to the sense derived from the Latin religare (“to bind” or “to fasten”).

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“Nothing to me feels as good as laughing incredibly hard.” – Steve Carrell

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This morning I woke up with big plans: Go for a long walk, catch up on “The Daily” podcast episodes from The New York Times, fold my sweatshirt pile, call my dad, finish a finance problem set, write an essay, draft this piece.

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Michigan Stadium has taken on a big role in the fight against Covid recently— The Jack Roth Stadium Club, which normally serves as the premier event space of the Big House, now holds about a half dozen tables, prepped and ready to administer hundreds of COVID-19 vaccine doses each day.

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April 12, 2020

What does a pandemic look like? 

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“I’m a nice guy,” crooned Neil, the sloppy, cocaine-addicted aspiring novelist, to the woman he’d just attempted to sexually assault, Carey Mulligan’s Cassandra. She eyes him now knowing otherwise. “I’m a nice guy.” Neil repeated, desperation creeping into his voice. 

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My name is Melanie Renee Taylor, and my pronouns are she/they. These are your two requisite pieces of information needed when addressing, discussing or otherwise perceiving me. And as intrinsic as they both are to my identity, even they aren’t set in stone.

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When I was in kindergarten, I had mandatory Quiet Time in my room every day after school for an hour. I could play with my toys or look at books or color, but I was not to disturb my mom unless I needed something important.

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In early April, I screenshotted a picture I saw on Wikipedia of a cow lying on the ground captioned “a sleeping cow laying on her side is not immobilized; she can rise whenever she chooses.” It