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I live in an area of the country that has seen an overwhelming swell in housing prices since the beginning of the pandemic. Rent followed suit. It’s flat-out weird but completely understandable.

We are inundated with people fleeing Southern California in search of lower-cost housing in a still desirable location…

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It’s officially been four years since my marriage ended. Four years that consisted of almost 50 first dates. Maybe a dozen of those resulted in second dates. That dozen garnered an unhealthy on-again-off-again relationship, an early pandemic boyfriend, and the relationship that broke the camel’s back.

If you had asked…

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*Prefacing real fast as an absolute must: I fully understand that there are people in relationships that are dangerous and abusive, that are more complicated than we could ever imagine. I am not talking about that here. What I am talking about here are average people in run-of-the-mill relationships that…

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My last relationship ended almost six months ago. I saw it coming. Still, I was deeply saddened by it. Not crying, wailing, and gnashing of teeth sad, but low key “well, shit” sad. There is a vast difference between these two. I have little capacity for the former. …

Vanessa Torre

Flaming pinball, nerd, music lover, wine snob, horrible violin player. No, I won’t stop taking pictures of my drinks. IG: vanessaltorre

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