I write and I dream.  I stargaze and I think.  I run and I imagine and I sometimes even fall in love.  I read and I collect.  There’s an archive in my head.

I was born in a tiny little town way up North in Michigan the week that the Berlin wall fell.

Most of my childhood was spent in and around Ann Arbor.  I moved to Manhattan a little over four years ago to attend Columbia and I haven’t really looked back since: I love New York more than any other place in the world.  And I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s the perfect place for wanderers; for those of us who need equally and simultaneously to be alone and surrounded.

I studied history and human rights in college.  If you must know, I mostly focused on issues related to the modern Middle East, especially the intersections between politics, torture, and narrative in Middle Eastern states.

Very important facts:

  • I just bought a sparrow-printed duvet cover and insert.  I’m already in love with it.
  • My favorite birds are owls and cardinals.
  • My therapist is better than your therapist.
  • I always eat dessert.
  • I come from a family of scientists: doctors, chemists, engineers, mathematicians, neuroscientists, and computer scientists.
  • My name means seashore; it’s an old Persian word from a Hafiz poem.
  • My favorite pattern is paisley.
  • I don’t exactly have a big girl job.
  • The only vegetables that I dislike are: tomatoes, beets, pickles, and olives.
  • My OCD is not well controlled.
  • I like short sentences sometimes and other times I like long sentences; I use a lot of semi-colons when I’m waffling about a sentence’s proper length.
  • My favorite food combination is peanut butter and chocolate.
  • I have taken my writing seriously since I was 13 years old.


  1. Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    January 29, 2010 18:41

    Hey Caronae!!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I love your name and I love that it has a physical meaning. Baking is my favorite hobby. Running too. You seem pretty cool already :)

  2. Lindsey
    February 5, 2010 10:01

    Love your name! The seashore is my absolute favorite place to be! :)

  3. Sammi
    February 6, 2010 10:50

    That is such a unique name! I love it :) How do you pronounce it? Oatmeal is awesome but I would not be able to live off of apples! I wish I could but whole apples just aren’t appetizing to me at all. The combination of the two is heavenly though!

  4. Marina
    February 6, 2010 22:01

    Hi! I love your name! It’s really unique. And we sort of have that in common too, because Marina means “of the sea.” lol Thanks for commenting on my blog!!

  5. Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    February 10, 2010 18:53

    Hi Caronae, thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your name – it’s so pretty and unique!

  6. peonynutshell
    February 23, 2010 16:25

    its cool having diffrent names :) everyones always like huh when i say mines peony haha
    love your blog xx

  7. Serena
    March 8, 2010 20:30

    You have a beautiful name!

  8. Hayley
    May 18, 2010 17:06

    Caronae, I love that you pair physical health with mental health. Both are such important aspects to our whole selves! I’m also a history major. I’m excited to keep reading!

  9. Jess
    June 4, 2010 03:38

    Hi there! Thanks for the comment on my blog; I have no idea why Brits say “maths” and Americans say “math!” XD

  10. Amanda
    June 23, 2010 01:58

    Love your blog! I too suffer from PCOS. Check out my blog! :-) Amanda

  11. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear
    August 5, 2010 00:09

    What a unique name you have, beautiful!

    I could also eat apples everyday :)

  12. It All Changes
    August 6, 2010 14:44

    Is your name Welsh? It sounds like a name I’ve heard in my Welsh family tree.

    BTW I love your food choices. :-)

  13. ReadersHeaven
    September 27, 2010 09:14

    Hi, nice to meet you !

  14. Jessica
    October 8, 2010 15:32

    I would live off of the exact same things if I had to pick! :-)

  15. kaysfairytale
    October 23, 2010 23:26

    I think that health is a really good general idea for a blog. And for that matter, I think blogging itself is good for your mental health. It helps to let all your thoughts out and know that someone somewhere thinks they’re important! Keep writing Caronae!

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  17. Yoga Instructor
    May 20, 2011 21:08

    Thanks for the infoormative articles that you supply. I love eating fruits, too. If I had only two choices of what food to eat in my life, one of them wouuld be apples like you. Oatmeat is great too. My grandmother eats it every day and she is still strong at the age of 93.

  18. Dani Delicatessen
    July 15, 2011 14:52

    Just found your blog, love it! It’s always love finding other college student bloggers : )

    • Caronae
      July 15, 2011 15:51

      Glad you found me! :) I just realized I’m actually no longer a college student, since I just graduated! I’ll have to change that in the description, lol…

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