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Just another 30-something writing about the internet, nostalgia, culture, entertainment, and life. Author, screenwriter, copywriter. www.carlyjhallman.com

Dogs offer so much more than just companionship

My dog Harpo in his favorite park

I was lucky enough to call my dog Harpo family long before anyone had ever heard of COVID-19. However, he didn’t come to me under particularly fortunate circumstances. My parents, empty nesters in their…

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Sometimes, being a writer means letting go of your goals

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Laptop open on a desk with lamp, wintry landscape outside the window.
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By all accounts, this past year should’ve been a boom time for creatives. While we were once expected to pick out outfits and commute and dine in restaurants and attend friends’ gigs and…


Are we finally ready to stop worshipping at her altar?

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It’s easy to follow health guidelines, but it’s much harder to look away

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Much has already been written online about friendships and values and pandemic-era behavior and how they will affect our relationships…


This Is Us

On the twee language of pregnancy and motherhood

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Closeup shot of an person holding a sonogram in front of their pregnant belly.
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It’s embarrassing to admit, but one of the things that always put me off the idea of becoming pregnant was the language. I felt the…


Work-study was my way to a college education. But was spending time on a useless, low-paid job really worth it?

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I’ve had some bad jobs, but to be honest, I’m not even sure my worst job qualifies as a job since I didn’t get paid. In the most generous terms, I bartered my time for passage into higher education. In the harshest terms, you might call it indentured servitude.

College was sold to millennials as a necessity — the operative…


This Is Us

It’s about so much more than advice-seeking and finger-pointing

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What Hollywood gets wrong and what we can do to make it right

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Often, a sassy classmate or colleague is posed at the sinks, ready to give the girl-woman a knowing look. A look that says, you’ve puked your guts out, I know it, you know it, there’s only one way this…


On the beauty of food, delivered to your door

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I’m certain that when my father applied for this role, he lied and told the boss that he was just looking for some “extra money.” A side hustle, if you will, but here I won’t, because no one called it that then. Whatever way he wanted to frame it, the reality was, he couldn’t find a “real job” to replace the one he’d lost, and so we were broke. Poor, even. A downward financial spiral that would…


On stay-at-home life, then vs now

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Take me back, I think. Just for a moment. What I wouldn’t give to be young and dumb and fresh from the clutches of a relatively uneventful 2019. But time only moves forward.

According to all of those memes, 2020…

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