I hope everyone who celebrates had a merry Christmas. And if it the day was difficult for you, I hope you are finding relief that it’s over and comfort that 2020 will be history soon, too. After three months of managing my kids’ remote learning full-time, I am really looking forward to a week of chilling out and not doing much. We have new puzzles and new games, lots of leftovers in the freezer I can pull out for quick and delicious meals, and some sunny days in the forecast to make long walks in the park especially enjoyable. There is a lot I am missing this season/ this year, but still so much to be grateful for, including all of you who continue making this a community I am proud to be part of and contribute to. Thank you for your loyalty and your participation – for all your comments, forum topic threads, emails, donations, and sharing the site with others. I haven’t been able to devote the time here than I normally would pre-pandemic/ full-time remote schooling, so I am especially thankful that you’ve continued to make DW a regular destination in your web surfing, whether it’s daily, weekly, or just occasionally, and whether you are a prolific contributor or a quiet lurker (though we’d be happy to hear from you any time!). Thank you so much.

Here are a few links from around the web that may interest you:

I’m reading this crazy story, which is blowing up social media this week, about a journalist who blew up her “perfect Brooklyn life” for a source she fell in love with: The Journalist and the Pharma Bro

Related: 7 People on Blowing Up Their Lives for Love

Also related (and maybe relatable?): All the Time I Wasted Trying to Please Indifferent Men

In the Pandemic: Feminism Has Failed Women

The Relationship Advice Real Women Swear By

This is fun: 2020 Was Wild. These Pop Culture Obsessions Got Us Through

After the pandemic: Let’s Start Over

Happy Holidays From the Texts of Exes Past