June Osborne isn't the hero we need.

Elizabeth Moss as June Osborn in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Immediately after finishing the “Home” episode of Season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale, I took to Twitter to see what the masses were talking about. In this episode, audiences finally got to see June (physically) free of Gilead, and safe in Canada. She’s been reunited with Luke, Moira, and Nichole. She’s ready to testify to put Serena and Fred away for life. It’s clear we are now going to see how the abuse of Gilead has affected June.

The last ten minutes of the show we see how deep the damage is with her disturbing scene with Luke followed by…


Mother’s Day might be the only holiday that makes people feel worse.

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I was somewhere around the age of thirteen or fourteen when I was realized Mother’s Day is way more complicated than we let on. My dad had pulled my sisters and me out to the garage and handed us a card he’d signed and a flowering plant in a pot. My mother wasn’t big on the outdoors or taking care of plants, but he gave her a potted plant every year that I could remember. …


Here are the life and writing lessons I learned in a cabin in the woods.

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For the past two days, I’ve been holed up in a cabin in the woods working on my memoir. It was just me, my laptop, a handful of pens & some old school composition notebooks. The cabin had internet, but it might as well have been dial-up. It was so slow it took me forever just to check my email. …


Have we forgotten how terrible 90’s fashion was?

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There has been a lot of progress when it comes to women’s fashion. I guess I’ll start there. I’m seeing a lot more pockets in dresses and this is a major upgrade.

I came up in the 90s and early 2000s. I was born in the mid-80s, and I’m keenly aware that 40 isn’t that far away. A little closer than I’d like to say, but whatever. Aging just means I’m not dead. But, I digress.

Growing up in the age of Kate Moss being the symbol of beauty was never easy on this Italian girl with a huge ass…

Academy Awards

Here’s a list of where you can watch and rent Oscar-Nominated films.

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Oscar Sunday is my favorite Sunday of the year. In Normal Times, I would have attended an Oscar showcase over the course of two weekends to watch the bulk of the movies, but thanks to COVID-19, that’s not possible.

This year I’ll be watching everything I can from home. If you’re obsessed like me, you need a list. Well, eat your heart out.

Here is a list of where you can rent or watch Oscar-nominated films.

The Academy Awards are Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 8 p.m. on ABC.



“The Father”…


What lessons can we take away from a year of isolation?

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I can’t stop thinking about the “before times.”

Today marks a full year to the day that my whole world went on lockdown.

I often think about how memories are corrupted every time we access them, and for this reason, I try not to access those memories I find so precious, but lately, I find myself thinking so much about how a year ago, to the day, so much about my life changed.

When I went back to my classroom last June to empty it out, I remember being taken aback by the agenda I’d written for my students. I…


Why I charge my family when they interrupt my writing time

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It took me too long to learn the value of scheduling my writing time. Why? Because it’s really easy to break a promise to yourself.

How often do we, and I believe this especially true for women, put the needs of others ahead of ourselves? It’s really easy to forgo writing when the laundry is piled up, or the linen closet needs reorganizing, or the dishwasher needs emptying, or you have a work project that needs tending.

My husband travels for work. He is often gone three days out of the week — yes, even during COVID, and sometimes I just want to hang out with him knowing I won’t see him for a few days. But sometimes, I also have a project looming, or…


Why you shouldn’t give up on a book until at least page 50

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I taught high school English for almost two decades and one of the biggest challenges I faced was when I would introduce a novel, and the students would immediately decide they hated it.

This reaction, which was predictable, especially with students who did not grow up in a book-loving environment, often prompted my telling a story about my book nerd mother.

My mother is the reason I love to read. She’s also the reason I love humans, which I believe is a big reason why I write. …


Is parenting during COVID and the presidential election hurting our children?

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My beautiful boy, my one and only little offspring, the one I would go to Mars and back to make happy, just came into my office in tears. He’s a pretty sensitive kid. He feels very deeply. I can tell that even at 6-years-old he’s a people pleaser. Still, he’s a typical kid in many ways and is usually full of joy, playful, and extremely silly, so to see him upset like this is jarring.

Before entering my office, he stood in the hallway and said in earnest, “I’m…


I’m Letting Go of Hope and Here’s Why

Maybe holding on to hope doesn’t always serve us through a rough season.

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I am endlessly hopeful. I taught high school English for over a decade, and every time a student would plagiarize or be rude or a policy was put into place that made no sense my reaction was always the same: incredulity. To really understand my intense hopefulness let me elaborate.

At the start of my Macbeth unit, I had a cheer that I made my students do on day one.

“When I say Mac, you say Beth! Mac — ”

Of course, this was met with crickets…

Gloria Panzera

Writer, wife, mother, amateur movie critic, wannabe foodie, lover of coffee, wine and books. Check out my work at and twitter @gloriapanzera.

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