SnapDragon shares her personal journey into the Great Wide Open.

Memories, 2017. Philadelphia. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.

I moved to Philadelphia a decade ago.

A few hours after college graduation, I packed my Chevy Corsica to the brim with clothes, CDs, and handful of novels waiting to be read. Then I hit the road for my new home.

I had decided early on that I wanted my own place. No roommates; that was a college thing. This was my time for solitude, for Official Adulthood, and I was determined to make it work.

And I did.

Nestled near Rittenhouse Square, my place was tiny but clean. As I waited for my furniture to be delivered, I wandered. I strolled. I took in those city streets and felt my heart rejoice.

It was the beginning of something good.

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I firmly believe it is a Rite of Passage for a person to live alone.

When the day is done, and your door to the outside world closes, it’s just you. You and your thoughts. You and your true self. It’s a time to discover who you really are.

It’s quiet. It’s a bit unnerving.

But it’s so worth it.

The five years (and change) I spent in Philly was My Time.

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I achieved my dream of teaching High School in the city; I stayed for six complete school years.

To say it was challenging would be nothing short of an insult to the experience. But that’s a story for another day.

I was a Teacher. I was a Grad Student. I was an Explorer of My Favorite City.

I think back to the fun: The drunken nights; the Phillies Games; Lorenzo’s Pizza; the park; my turtles; frozen yogurt with a ridiculous amount of rainbow jimmies; used book stores; Lush body products; Independence Hall; Indie rock shows; Old-Fashioned cocktails; Ikea; The Italian Market; Dunkin’ runs; getting lost.

And of course, there were down times: Anxiety; work stress; heartbreak.

But that’s all a part of life, Dear Reader.

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My time in Philly will always be a part of me.

I had a dream and I made it happen.

It may sound like I’m bragging. You’re goddamn right I am.

Because the days slip past at a frightening rate, love.

Only we can choose how to spend them.

So I say go for it.

Go for it!

What do you have to lose?

π™Ύπš—πšŽ π™±πš’πš π™±πšŠπšŒπš”πš’πšŠπš›πš.

πš‚πš˜πš–πšŽπšπš’πš–πšŽπšœ 𝙸 πš•πš’πš”πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πšœπš’πš πš’πš— πšœπš’πš•πšŽπš—πšŒπšŽ.

𝙸 πš™πš›πšŽπšπšŽπš—πš πšπš‘πšŠπš πšπš’πš–πšŽ πš’πšœ 𝚊𝚝 𝚊 πšœπšπšŠπš—πš-πšœπšπš’πš•πš•, πšŠπš—πš πš•πš’πš”πšŽ πšŠπš— πšŠπš›πšŒπš‘πš’πšπšŽπšŒπš, πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ πšŠπš— πš˜πš™πšŽπš— πšŽπš‘πš™πšŠπš—πšœπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πš™πš˜πšœπšœπš’πš‹πš’πš•πš’πšπš’ πš‹πšŽπšπš˜πš›πšŽ πš–πšŽ.

πš†πš‘πšŠπš 𝚍𝚘 𝙸 πš πšŠπš—πš 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πš’πšœ πš•πš’πšπšŽ?

πš†πš‘πšŠπš 𝚍𝚘 πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšœ πš πšŠπš—πš?

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𝙸 πšπš‘πš’πš—πš” 𝚘𝚏 π™»πš˜πš›πš 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ π™΅πš•πš’πšŽπšœ. π™½πš˜ πšŽπš‘πš’πšœπšπš’πš—πš πšπš˜πšŸπšŽπš›πš—πš–πšŽπš—πšπšœ; πš—πš˜ πšŽπšŒπš˜πš—πš˜πš–πš’πšŒ πšŽπš‘πš™πš•πš˜πš’πšπšŠπšπš’πš˜πš—.

π™Ήπšžπšœπš 𝚊 πš‘πšŠπš—πšπšπšžπš• 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πšžπš–πšŠπš—πšœ πš˜πš— 𝚊 πš™πš’πšŽπšŒπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 π™Ώπš•πšŠπš—πšŽπš π™΄πšŠπš›πšπš‘.

𝙰 πšπš›πšŽπšœπš‘ πšœπšπšŠπš›πš.

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πš†πš‘πšŠπš 𝚍𝚘 𝚠𝚎 πš—πšŽπšŽπš?

πš†πš‘πšŠπš πš–πšŠπš”πšŽπšœ 𝚊 πšπšžπš•πšπš’πš•πš•πš’πš—πš πš•πš’πšπšŽ?

π™·πš˜πš  𝚍𝚘 𝚠𝚎 πš‘πš˜πš™πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πšŽπšŸπš˜πš•πšŸπšŽ?

π™±πšŽπšŒπšŠπšžπšœπšŽ πš’πš πš’πšœ πš†π™΄.

πš†π™΄, πš—πš˜πš πš“πšžπšœπš 𝙼𝙴.

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πš‚πš—πšŠπš™π™³πš›πšŠπšπš˜πš—’𝚜 π™»πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ πšπšŽπšŒπš’πš™πšŽ πšπš˜πš› 𝚊 π™·πšŽπšŠπš•πšπš‘πš’ π™·πšžπš–πšŠπš— π™΄πš‘πš™πšŽπš›πš’πšŽπš—πšŒπšŽ:

β€’ π™Ώπšžπš‹πš•πš’πšŒ π™΄πšπšžπšŒπšŠπšπš’πš˜πš—

π™Έπš πš’πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšŠπš—πšœπš πšŽπš› 𝚝𝚘 πšŠπš—πš’ πššπšžπšŽπšœπšπš’πš˜πš—, πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽ. π™±πš’ πšπšŽπšŠπšŒπš‘πš’πš—πš πš˜πšžπš› πšŒπš‘πš’πš•πšπš›πšŽπš— 𝚝𝚘 πššπšžπšŽπšœπšπš’πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš πš˜πš›πš•πš πšŠπš›πš˜πšžπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽπš–, πšŠπš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πšŒπšŽπš•πšŽπš‹πš›πšŠπšπšŽ πšœπšŒπš’πšŽπš—πšπš’πšπš’πšŒ πšπš’πšœπšŒπš˜πšŸπšŽπš›πš’, πš™πš‘πš’πš•πš˜πšœπš˜πš™πš‘πš’, πšŠπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πš•πšŠπš—πšπšžπšŠπšπšŽ πšŠπš›πšπšœ, 𝚠𝚎 πš™πš•πšŠπš—πš 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚍𝚜 πšπš˜πš› 𝚊 πš–πš˜πš›πšŽ πš‘πšžπš–πšŠπš—πšŽ πšœπš˜πšŒπš’πšŽπšπš’. πšƒπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš’πšœ πšŠπš‹πšœπš˜πš•πšžπšπšŽπš•πš’ πš—πš˜ πš“πšžπšœπšπš’πšπš’πšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŠπšœπš˜πš— πšπš˜πš› πšžπš—πšπšŽπš›πšπšžπš—πšπšŽπš πš™πšžπš‹πš•πš’πšŒ πšœπšŒπš‘πš˜πš˜πš•πšœ. π™ΏπšŽπš›πš’πš˜πš.

β€’ π™Ώπšžπš‹πš•πš’πšŒ π™·πšŽπšŠπš•πšπš‘πšŒπšŠπš›πšŽ

π™·πšžπš–πšŠπš— πš‹πšŽπš’πš—πšπšœ 𝚐𝚎𝚝 πšœπš’πšŒπš”. π™΄πšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πšœπš’πš—πšπš•πšŽ πš˜πš—πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 𝚞𝚜. πš†πšŽ πš™πšŠπš’ 𝚝𝚊𝚑𝚎𝚜 πšπš˜πš› πš–πšŠπš—πš’ πš™πšžπš‹πš•πš’πšŒ πšœπšŽπš›πšŸπš’πšŒπšŽπšœ, πšŠπš—πš πššπšžπšŠπš•πš’πšπš’ πš‘πšŽπšŠπš•πšπš‘πšŒπšŠπš›πšŽ πšœπš‘πš˜πšžπš•πš πš‹πšŽ πš—πš˜ πšπš’πšπšπšŽπš›πšŽπš—πš. πš†πšŽ πšŠπš•πš• πš—πšŽπšŽπš πš’πš, πšŠπš—πš 𝚠𝚎 πšœπš‘πš˜πšžπš•πš πšŠπš•πš• πš‹πšŽ πšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 𝚞𝚜𝚎 πš’πš πš πš’πšπš‘πš˜πšžπš πš‘πšŠπšœπšœπš•πšŽ πš˜πš› πš•πš’πš—πš’πš—πš πšπš‘πšŽ πš™πš˜πšŒπš”πšŽπšπšœ 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ πš˜πš—πšŽ πš™πšŽπš›πšŒπšŽπš—πš.

β€’ π™Ώπšžπš‹πš•πš’πšŒ πšπšŽπšœπš˜πšžπš›πšŒπšŽπšœ

𝙸 πšπšŽπšŽπš• πšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πš‘πšŠπš™πš™πš’ πš πš‘πšŽπš— 𝙸 𝚜𝚎𝚎 πšœπš’πšπš—πšœ πšπš˜πš› πš™πšžπš‹πš•πš’πšŒ πš•πš’πš‹πš›πšŠπš›πš’πšŽπšœ. π™Έπš’𝚜 𝚊 πšŒπš˜πš–πš–πšžπš—πš’πšπš’ πš›πšŽπšœπš˜πšžπš›πšŒπšŽ πš•πš’πš”πšŽ πšŠπš—πš’ πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš›; πš™πšŽπš˜πš™πš•πšŽ πšπšŽπšœπšŽπš›πšŸπšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πš”πš—πš˜πš  πš’πšπšœ πš•πš˜πšŒπšŠπšπš’πš˜πš—. π™»πš’πš‹πš›πšŠπš›πš’πšŽπšœ, πš™πšŠπš›πš”πšœ, πš™πš˜πšœπšπšŠπš• πšœπšŽπš›πšŸπš’πšŒπšŽπšœ, πšŠπš—πš πš‹πšŠπšœπš’πšŒ πšžπšπš’πš•πš’πšπš’πšŽπšœ πš•πš’πš”πšŽ πšŽπš•πšŽπšŒπšπš›πš’πšŒπš’πšπš’ πšŠπš—πš πšŒπš•πšŽπšŠπš—, πšπš›πš’πš—πš”πšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ πš πšŠπšπšŽπš› πšœπš‘πš˜πšžπš•πš πš‹πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŠπšπš’πš•πš’ πšŠπšŸπšŠπš’πš•πšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 𝚞𝚜 πšŠπš•πš•. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš–πš˜πš›πšŽ 𝚠𝚎 πšžπš—πšπšŽπš›πšπšžπš—πš πšŠπš—πš/πš˜πš› πš™πš›πš’πšŸπšŠπšπš’πš£πšŽ πšπš‘πšŽπšœπšŽ πš›πšŽπšœπš˜πšžπš›πšŒπšŽπšœ, πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš˜πš›πšŽ πš™πš˜πšŸπšŽπš›πšπš’ 𝚠𝚎 πšŒπš›πšŽπšŠπšπšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽπšπš›πšžπšπšπš’πš—πšπš•πš’ πšπšŽπšŠπš• πš πš’πšπš‘ πš•πšŠπšπšŽπš›.

β€’ πš‚πšžπšœπšπšŠπš’πš—πšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ π™Ώπš›πšŠπšŒπšπš’πšŒπšŽπšœ

πšƒπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ’𝚜 πš—πš˜ πšœπšžπšŒπš‘ πšπš‘πš’πš—πš 𝚊𝚜 𝚊 πšπš›πšŽπšŽ πš•πšžπš—πšŒπš‘, πšπš›πš’πšŽπš—πšπšœ. π™΄πšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πšŒπšŠπš› πš›πš’πšπšŽ, πšŽπšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πšœπšπš’πš›πš˜πšπš˜πšŠπš– πšŒπšžπš™, πšŠπš—πš πšŽπšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πšπšžπš‹ 𝚘𝚏 πš‹πšŠπšπš‘πš πšŠπšπšŽπš› πš‘πšŠπšœ 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚘 πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ. π™»πšŽπš’𝚜 πš πš˜πš›πš” πšπš˜πšπšŽπšπš‘πšŽπš› 𝚝𝚘 πšπš’πš—πš 𝚊 𝚠𝚊𝚒 πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ 𝚠𝚎 πšŒπšŠπš— πšŽπš—πš“πš˜πš’ πš˜πšžπš› πšŒπš›πšŽπšŠπšπšžπš›πšŽ πšŒπš˜πš–πšπš˜πš›πšπšœ 𝙰𝙽𝙳 πš›πšŽπšœπš™πšŽπšŒπš πš˜πšžπš› πšŽπš—πšŸπš’πš›πš˜πš—πš–πšŽπš—πš. πš‚πšžπš›πšŽπš•πš’, 𝚠𝚎 πšŒπšŠπš— 𝚍𝚘 πš‹πšŽπšπšπšŽπš›.

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πš‚πš˜ πš’πš— πšœπš‘πš˜πš›πš, π™³πšŽπšŠπš› πšπšŽπšŠπšπšŽπš›?

πš†πšŽ πšŠπš›πšŽ πšŠπš•πš• πšŒπš˜πš—πš—πšŽπšŒπšπšŽπš.

π™Έπš πš–πšŠπš’ πš‹πšŽ 𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚒 𝚝𝚘 πšπšžπš›πš— 𝚊 πš‹πš•πš’πš—πš 𝚎𝚒𝚎 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽπšœπšŽ πšœπš’πšœπšπšŽπš–πš’πšŒ πš’πšœπšœπšžπšŽπšœ, πš–πšŠπš—πš’ 𝚘𝚏 πš πš‘πš’πšŒπš‘ πš–πšŠπš’ πš—πš˜πš 𝚊𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚞𝚜.

𝙸 πšŒπš˜πš–πš™πš˜πšœπšŽ πšπš‘πšŽπšœπšŽ πš’πšπšŽπšŠπšœ πšπš›πš˜πš– 𝚊 πš™πš•πšŠπšŒπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πš™πš›πš’πšŸπš’πš•πšŽπšπšŽ: 𝙸 πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ 𝚊 πšπšžπš•πš• πš‹πšŽπš•πš•πš’, 𝚊 πšπšžπš•πš• πšπšŠπš—πš” 𝚘𝚏 𝚐𝚊𝚜, πšŠπš—πš πšŠπš— πšŽπš‘πšŒπšŽπš•πš•πšŽπš—πš πšŒπš›πšŽπšπš’πš πšœπšŒπš˜πš›πšŽ. π™Όπš’ πš•πš’πšœπš 𝚘𝚏 πš—πšŽπšŽπšπšœ πšŠπš—πš πš πšŠπš—πšπšœ πš›πšŠπš›πšŽπš•πš’ 𝚐𝚘 πšžπš—πš–πšŽπš.

π™±πšžπš πš’πš’𝚜 πš—πš˜πš πšŠπš•πš• πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πš–πšŽ.

π™±πšžπš πš’πš’𝚜 πš—πš˜πš πšŠπš•πš• πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πš–πšŽ.

π™±πšžπš πš’πš’𝚜 πš—πš˜πš πšŠπš•πš• πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πš–πšŽ.

. . .

π™Ύπš—πšŽ πš™πš•πšŠπš—πšŽπš.

π™Ύπš—πšŽ πš‘πšžπš–πšŠπš— πš›πšŠπšŒπšŽ.

π™Ύπš—πšŽ πš•πš’πšπšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πš•πš’πšŸπšŽ πš πš’πšπš‘ πšŒπš˜πš–πš™πšŠπšœπšœπš’πš˜πš—, πš’πš—πšπšŽπš•πš•πš’πšπšŽπš—πšŒπšŽ, πšŠπš—πš πš‘πš˜πš™πšŽ.

𝙸 πš‘πš˜πš™πšŽ.

π™·πšŽπš›πšŽ π™²πš˜πš–πšŽπšœ πšƒπš‘πš’πš›πšπš’-πšƒπš‘πš›πšŽπšŽ.

πšƒπš˜πšπšŠπš’ πš’πšœ 𝚊𝚜 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚊 𝚍𝚊𝚒 𝚊𝚜 πšŠπš—πš’.

πšƒπš˜ πšœπšπšŠπš›πš πšπš›πšŽπšœπš‘.

πšƒπš˜ πš•πšŽπšŠπšŸπšŽ πš–πš’ πšπš›πš˜πšžπš‹πš•πšŽπšœ πš‹πšŽπš‘πš’πš—πš.

πšƒπš˜ πšŒπšŽπš•πšŽπš‹πš›πšŠπšπšŽ πš πš‘πšŠπš πš’πš πš–πšŽπšŠπš—πšœ 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽ πš–πšŽ.

. . .

π™·πšŠπš‹πš’πšπšœ 𝙸’πš– π™³πšžπš–πš™πš’πš—πš:

β€’ π™½πšŽπšπšŠπšπš’πšŸπšŽ πš‚πšŽπš•πš-πšƒπšŠπš•πš”

π™Έπš 𝚍𝚘𝚎𝚜 πšŠπš‹πšœπš˜πš•πšžπšπšŽπš•πš’ πš—πš˜ 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš™πšŠπšœπšœπš’πšŸπšŽ-πšŠπšπšπš›πšŽπšœπšœπš’πšŸπšŽ πš“πš˜πš”πšŽπšœ 𝙸 πšπš‘πš›πš˜πš  πšŠπš›πš˜πšžπš—πš πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πš–πš’ πš‹πš˜πšπš’ πšŠπš—πš πš–πšŽπš—πšπšŠπš• 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚝𝚎 πšŠπš›πšŽ πš—πš˜πš 𝚊𝚜 πš‘πšŠπš›πš–πš•πšŽπšœπšœ 𝚊𝚜 πšπš‘πšŽπš’ πšŠπš™πš™πšŽπšŠπš›. π™΅πš˜πš› πš‹πšŽπšπšπšŽπš› πš˜πš› πšπš˜πš› πš πš˜πš›πšœπšŽ, 𝚠𝚎 πš’πš—πšπšŽπš›πš—πšŠπš•πš’πš£πšŽ πšπš‘πšŽ πš πš˜πš›πšπšœ 𝚠𝚎 πš‘πšŽπšŠπš›. 𝙸 πš πšŠπš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πšœπš™πšŽπšŠπš” πš πš˜πš›πšπšœ 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πš˜πš™πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšœ, πšŠπš—πš πšŠπš•πšœπš˜ 𝚝𝚘 πš–πš’πšœπšŽπš•πš.

β€’ π™΅πšŽπšŽπš•πš’πš—πš π™»πšŠπš–πšŽ πšπš˜πš› π™±πšŽπš’πš—πš 𝚊 π™·πš˜πš–πšŽπ™±πš˜πšπš’

𝙸 𝚍𝚘 πš—πš˜πš πšŽπš—πš“πš˜πš’ πš‹πšŽπš’πš—πš 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚊𝚝 πš—πš’πšπš‘πš. 𝙸 𝚏𝚊𝚍𝚎 πšŽπšŠπš›πš•πš’, πšŠπš—πš πš πš‘πšŽπš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπšžπš— πš‘πšŠπšœ 𝚜𝚎𝚝 𝙸 πš πšŠπš—πš πš—πš˜πšπš‘πš’πš—πš πš–πš˜πš›πšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš— 𝚝𝚘 πš πšŠπšœπš‘ πš–πš’ 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎 πšŠπš—πš πšœπšŽπšπšπš•πšŽ πšžπš—πšπšŽπš› 𝚊 πš‹πš•πšŠπš—πš”πšŽπš. 𝙸 πš πšŠπš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽ πš‘πš˜πš–πšŽ. 𝙸 πš πš’πš•πš• πšŸπšŽπš—πšπšžπš›πšŽ 𝚘𝚞𝚝 πšπš˜πš–πš˜πš›πš›πš˜πš , πš πš‘πšŽπš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπš”πš’ πš’πšœ πš‹πš›πš’πšπš‘πš πšŠπš—πš πšπšžπš•πš• 𝚘𝚏 πš˜πš™πš™πš˜πš›πšπšžπš—πš’πšπš’.

. . .

π™·πšŠπš‹πš’πšπšœ 𝙸’πš– π™°πšπš˜πš™πšπš’πš—πš:

β€’ πš†πš›πš’πšπš’πš—πš π™°πš πšŠπš’ π™΅πš›πš˜πš– π™·πš˜πš–πšŽ

π™Έπš’𝚜 πšπš‘πšŽ πš˜πš—πš•πš’ 𝚠𝚊𝚒 πš–πš’ πš—πš˜πšŸπšŽπš• πš’πšœ πšπš˜πš’πš—πš 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚎𝚝 πšπš˜πš—πšŽ. πšƒπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšŠπš›πšŽ 𝚝𝚘𝚘 πš–πšŠπš—πš’ (πšπš•πš˜πš›πš’πš˜πšžπšœ) πšπš’πšœπšπš›πšŠπšŒπšπš’πš˜πš—πšœ πš’πš— πš˜πšžπš› πš‘πš˜πšžπšœπšŽ. 𝙸 πš—πšŽπšŽπš πššπšžπš’πšŽπš; 𝙸 πš—πšŽπšŽπš πšœπš˜πš•πš’πšπšžπšπšŽ. π™»πšŽπš πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπšπšŽπš›πšŽπš˜πšπš’πš™πš’πšŒπšŠπš• 𝚌𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚎-πš‘πš˜πšžπšœπšŽ πš πš›πš’πšπš’πš—πš πš‹πšŽπšπš’πš—!

β€’ πšƒπšŠπš”πš’πš—πš π™Όπš’ πšƒπš’πš–πšŽ

“πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš πš˜πš›πš•πš πš πšŽπš—πš πšŠπš—πš 𝚐𝚘𝚝 πš’πšπšœπšŽπš•πš πš’πš— 𝚊 πš‹πš’πš πšπšŠπš–πš— πš‘πšžπš›πš›πš’.” -π™±πš›πš˜πš˜πš”πšœ π™·πšŠπšπš•πšŽπš—, πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš‚πš‘πšŠπš πšœπš‘πšŠπš—πš” πšπšŽπšπšŽπš–πš™πšπš’πš˜πš—

𝙸 πš˜πšπšπšŽπš— πšπš’πš—πš πš–πš’πšœπšŽπš•πš πš›πšžπšœπš‘πš’πš—πš, πšπš˜πš› πš—πš˜ 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 πš›πšŽπšŠπšœπš˜πš—. πš†πšŽ πšŠπš•πš• πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ πš™πš•πšŠπšŒπšŽπšœ 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽ, πšπš˜πš› πšœπšžπš›πšŽ. π™±πšžπš πšπš•πš’πš’πš—πš πšπš‘πš›πš˜πšžπšπš‘ πš˜πš—πšŽ πšπšŠπšœπš” πš“πšžπšœπš 𝚝𝚘 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚝𝚘 πšŠπš—πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš› πšœπšŽπšŽπš–πšœ πšžπšπšπšŽπš›πš•πš’ πš–πšŽπšŠπš—πš’πš—πšπš•πšŽπšœπšœ. 𝙸 πš πšŠπš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πšŽπš–πš‹πš›πšŠπšŒπšŽ πšπš‘πšŽ πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšŠπš—πš πš—πš˜πš .

π™±πšŽπšŒπšŠπšžπšœπšŽ πš—πš˜πš  πš’πšœ πšŠπš•πš• 𝚠𝚎 πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ, π™³πšŽπšŠπš› πšπšŽπšŠπšπšŽπš›.

. . .

πš†πš’πšœπš‘πš’πš—πš 𝚒𝚘𝚞 𝚊 πš™πš•πšŽπšŠπšœπšŠπš—πš 𝚍𝚊𝚒!


I will rub the sleep from my eyes and greet the morning sun.

I will listen.

I will ponder the power of my words before they escape.

I will offer an olive branch to those who hurt me.

Each day I aim to fill with quiet moments of companionship.

Read to me.

Play your new favorite tune.

Hold my hand as we walk to the mailbox.

We are here.

We are alive.

And I love you.


A Neurotic Face-Washer Rejoices.

Fo Sho, 2019. Original Photo by SnapDragon X.


This is a game-changer.

Let me begin by saying that I have a love-hate relationship with makeup. Inevitably, when I take the time to put it on, I feel like I can conquer the world.

But I HATE taking it off.

Hate it!

You may know I’m obsessive about washing my face, and therefore removing makeup is just another step in a process I already dread. In fact, if I could have one wish, I’m pretty sure it would be to have my face washed, dried, and moisturized with a single click of my heels.

I may have found my new best friend, yo.

It’s Immortelle Oil Make-Up Remover by L’Occitane.

(cue applause)

At $34 for a 6.7 ounce bottle, it’s a splurge. (I’m not Oprah.)

But it’s so, so worth it, friend.

And it’s changed my whole nightly ritual.

Old Routine:

1. Remove Foundation & Eyebrow Pencil with Makeup Wipes.

2. Remove Mascara with Cold Cream. (It’s Old-School, but it works.)

3. Wash Face.

4. Dry Face.

5. Moisturize Face.

6. Wink at Myself and Do a Little Dance to Music in My Head. (Okay, not really. But hopefully you’re still here.)

See why I hate it?

As Sarah Lynn would say,

“That’s tooooo much, man!”

With L’Occitane, I simply have to rub the product onto my face and rinse.

Makeup. Is. Gone.

No residue. No irritation. Just my fresh face staring back at me.

(Even stubborn water-proof mascara vanishes in seconds!)

In fact, if I could only keep one facial product in my cabinet (gasp!) this would be it.

This could easily stand in as a face wash, what with its magic erasing powers.

So treat yourself!

And use that extra time to . . . do anything else, love.

You’re beautiful.

Nevertheless, I Liked It.

A Short Critique of Alec Baldwin’s memoir, Nevertheless

Review 4. Written by SnapDragon X.

Little Gems, 2019. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.

Alec Baldwin’s Nevertheless (2017)

Here we are again! It’s Book-of-the-Month Day here at Snippets of SnapDragon.

Are you excited? Did you wake up early, frantically checking your feed to see if Snap’s review was up and ready for your viewing pleasure?


Well, nevertheless, here it is.

(Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)

. . .

This is another book that found itself in my hands without pomp and circumstance. In fact, it was in the bargain bin for a meager six dollars and change. (It’s a hard-back!) Anyway, I’ve always had a bit of a crush on Baldwin, what with his whiskey voice and weathered face. Plus, whenever I see him I instantly think of Beetlejuice, which transports me back in time to VHS tapes and the magical time of my childhood.

So I bought it.

In a word, it’s good. Not great, but good. Baldwin begins his memoir by warning the reader of pretty much just that. He wrote the book because he was paid to, and he approaches the task with humility and honesty.

While I grew a bit weary of his frequent name-dropping of film execs I’ve never heard of, he does sprinkle in beautiful moments of his love for acting, particularly in the theatre. He recounts each of his major movie roles, and I appreciated the thoughtfulness behind each one. I never doubted his candor for an instant.

Additionally, he spoke of his family with tremendous love. I enjoyed the description of his youth, and his complicated relationship with his parents.

But I think what struck me most was his more than thirty-year commitment to sobriety.

After a terrifying episode of substance abuse, he called it quits and never looked back. February 23, 1985 was his last bout with drugs and alcohol.

Needless to say, I really respect that.

Favorite passage? Hmm… There truly are many little gems throughout.

(Side note: I enjoyed hearing his voice as I read. It reminded me of The Royal Tenenbaums.)

How about this one:

“Campaign finance reform is the linchpin of nearly every problem we face as a nation, just as our oil-based economy is the linchpin of our issues abroad. If the first issue is not addressed, we will continue to see the US electoral system gamed by insiders who put forth enormous amounts of money on behalf of any candidate who will read from their script in order to get the role of a lifetime. Even if that candidate is a foppish casino operator who had heretofore shown no interest in national politics” (Baldwin).

Well done, Alec.

I like you.

𝙸’πš– π™½πš˜πš π™±πšžπšœπš’.

π™·πšŽπš•πš•πš˜, π™³πšŽπšŠπš› πšπšŽπšŠπšπšŽπš›.

π™Έπš’𝚜 πšŠπš—πš˜πšπš‘πšŽπš› πš›πšŠπš’πš—πš’ 𝚍𝚊𝚒 πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš’πš— π™ΏπšŽπš—πš—πšœπš’πš•πšŸπšŠπš—πš’πšŠ. 𝙸’πš– πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπšžπšœπš™ 𝚘𝚏 πšœπšπšŠπš›πšπš’πš—πš 𝚊 πš—πšŽπš  πš“πš˜πš‹, 𝚜𝚘 πš‘πšŠπšŸπš’πš—πš 𝚊 πš‹πš’πš πš–πš˜πš›πšŽ πšπš’πš–πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πšœπš’πš–πš™πš•πš’ πšŒπšžπš›πš• πšžπš™ πšŠπš—πš πš›πšŽπšŠπš πšœπšžπš’πšπšœ πš–πšŽ πš“πšžπšœπš πšπš’πš—πšŽ.

π™Έπš— 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚝, 𝙸’πš– πš™πš˜πšœπšπš’πš—πš πšπš‘πš’πšœ πšŽπš—πšπš›πš’ πšπš›πš˜πš– πš–πš’ πš’π™Ώπš‘πš˜πš—πšŽ πš‹πšŽπšŒπšŠπšžπšœπšŽ πšπšŠπš“πšŠ πš’πš—πšœπš’πšœπšπšŽπš πš˜πš— πšœπš’πšπšπš’πš—πš 𝙾𝙽 πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš˜πš–πš™πšžπšπšŽπš›, 𝚜𝚘 πšœπš‘πšŽ’𝚜 πš—πš˜πš  πšπšžπšŒπš”πšŽπš πš‹πšŽπš—πšŽπšŠπšπš‘ πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πš•πšŠπš—πš”πšŽπš πš πš’πšπš‘ πš–πšŽ, πš™πšžπš›πš›πš’πš—πš πšŠπš—πš πš‹πšŽπš’πš—πš πš‘πšŽπš› 𝚜𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚝 πšœπšŽπš•πš.

πšƒπš‘πšŽ πšπš‘πš’πš—πšπšœ 𝚠𝚎 𝚍𝚘 πšπš˜πš› πš˜πšžπš› πšπšžπš› πš‹πšŠπš‹πš’πšŽπšœ!


π™°πš—πš’πš πšŠπš’, 𝚊𝚜 𝙸 πšœπš’πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš’πš— πš–πš’ πšœπš πšŽπšŠπšπš™πšŠπš—πšπšœ 𝙸’𝚍 πš•πš’πš”πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŠπš”πšŽ 𝚊 πš–πš˜πš–πšŽπš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŽπšŒπš•πšŠπš›πšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš

πŸ„Έ πŸ„°πŸ„Ό πŸ„½πŸ„ΎπŸ…ƒ πŸ„±πŸ…„πŸ…‚πŸ…ˆ.

π™½πš˜πš 𝚝𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚒, πšŠπš—πš’πš πšŠπš’.

πš†πšŽ πš•πš’πšŸπšŽ πš’πš— πšŠπš— 𝚊𝚐𝚎 πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πš™πšŽπš˜πš™πš•πšŽ π™»π™Ύπš…π™΄ 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πš›πšŠπš πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πš‘πš˜πš  πš‹πšžπšœπš’ πšπš‘πšŽπš’ πšŠπš›πšŽ:

“𝙸’πš– πš›πšžπš—πš—πš’πš—πš πš–πš’ πš”πš’πšπšœ 𝚝𝚘 πš™πš’πšŠπš—πš˜ πš•πšŽπšœπšœπš˜πš—πšœ, πšœπš˜πšŒπšŒπšŽπš› πš™πš›πšŠπšŒπšπš’πšŒπšŽ, 𝙰𝙽𝙳 πšπšžπšπš˜πš›πš’πš—πš!”

“𝙸’πš– πš•πšŽπšŠπšπš’πš—πš 𝚊 πš‹πš˜πš˜πš” πšŒπš•πšžπš‹!”

“𝙸’πš– πš πš˜πš›πš”πš’πš—πš πš˜πšŸπšŽπš›πšπš’πš–πšŽ!”

[π™Έπš—πšœπšŽπš›πš πšŽπš‘πšŒπš•πšŠπš–πšŠπšπš’πš˜πš— 𝚘𝚏 πš‹πšŽπš’πš—πš 𝚝𝚘𝚘 πš‹πšžπšœπš’ 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŠπš”πšŽ 𝚊 πš‹πš˜πš πšŽπš• πš–πš˜πšŸπšŽπš–πšŽπš—πš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ.]

πš†πš‘πšŠπš 𝙸’πš– πšπšŽπšπšπš’πš—πš 𝚊𝚝 πš’πšœ πšπš‘πš’πšœ:

π™±πšžπšœπš’πš—πšŽπšœπšœ πš’πšœ 𝚊 πšŒπš‘πš˜πš’πšŒπšŽ.

πš†πš‘πšŽπš— 𝙸 πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ πšŒπš‘πš’πš•πšπš›πšŽπš— 𝚘𝚏 πš–πš’ πš˜πš πš—, 𝙸’πš•πš• πš›πšŽπš–πšŽπš–πš‹πšŽπš› πš πš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 πšœπš’πšπš—πšŽπš πšžπš™ πšπš˜πš›.

πš†πš‘πšŽπš— 𝙸 πšπšŠπš”πšŽ πš˜πš— πšŠπš— πšŠπš›πšπš’πšœπšπš’πšŒ πšŽπš—πšπšŽπšŠπšŸπš˜πš› πš˜πš› πš‘πš˜πš‹πš‹πš’ 𝙸’πš•πš• πšžπš—πšπšŽπš›πšœπšπšŠπš—πš πš’πšπšœ πš’πš–πš™πšŠπšŒπš πš˜πš— πš–πš’ 𝚍𝚊𝚒-𝚝𝚘-𝚍𝚊𝚒.

πš†πš‘πšŽπš— 𝙸 πšŠπšŒπšŒπšŽπš™πš 𝚊 πš“πš˜πš‹ πš˜πšπšπšŽπš› (πš πš‘πš’πšŒπš‘ 𝙸 πš“πšžπšœπš πš‘πšŠπšŸπšŽ, πšπš‘πšŠπš—πš”πšœ) 𝙸’πš•πš• πš”πš—πš˜πš  𝙸’𝚟𝚎 πš–πšŠπšπšŽ πšπš‘πšŽ πšπšŽπšŒπš’πšœπš’πš˜πš— 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŽπšπš’πšŒπšŠπšπšŽ πš–πš˜πšœπš 𝚘𝚏 πš–πš’ πš πšŠπš”πš’πš—πš 𝚍𝚊𝚒 𝚝𝚘 πš’πšπšœ 𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎.

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πš‚πš˜ 𝚒𝚘𝚞’πš›πšŽ πš‹πšžπšœπš’?

𝙸 πš‹πšŽπš•πš’πšŽπšŸπšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞, πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽ.

π™±πšŽπšŒπšŠπšžπšœπšŽ 𝚒𝚘𝚞’𝚟𝚎 πš–πšŠπšπšŽ πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš‘πš˜πš’πšŒπšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πšπš’πš•πš• πš’πš˜πšžπš› 𝚍𝚊𝚒 𝚝𝚘 πšπš‘πšŽ πš‹πš›πš’πš–.

π™΄πšŠπšŒπš‘ 𝚘𝚏 𝚞𝚜 πš‘πšŠπšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπšŠπš–πšŽ 24 πš‘πš˜πšžπš›πšœ.

π™°πš—πš πšŽπšŠπšŒπš‘ 𝚘𝚏 𝚞𝚜 πš‘πšŠπšœ 𝚝𝚘 πšŒπš‘πš˜πš˜πšœπšŽ πš πš‘πšŠπš πš–πšŠπš”πšŽπšœ πšπš‘πšŽ 𝚌𝚞𝚝.

π™°πšœ πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπš˜πš—πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πš™πšŽπš›πš‘πšŠπš™πšœ πšπš›πšŽπšŠπš πš’πš–πš™πš˜πš›πšπšŠπš—πšŒπšŽ πš˜πš—πšŒπšŽ πšœπšŠπš’πš,

“π™·πš˜πš  𝚠𝚎 πšœπš™πšŽπš—πš πš˜πšžπš› 𝚍𝚊𝚒𝚜 πš’πšœ πš‘πš˜πš  𝚠𝚎 πšœπš™πšŽπš—πš πš˜πšžπš› πš•πš’πšŸπšŽπšœ.”

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π™·πš˜πš  𝚍𝚘 πšˆπ™Ύπš„ πšœπš™πšŽπš—πš πš’πš˜πšžπš› 𝚍𝚊𝚒𝚜, π™³πšŽπšŠπš› πšπšŽπšŠπšπšŽπš›?