Month: March 2020

Revisiting ‘Far From the Maddening Crowd’

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To the reader: This is the last entry in a series in which I revisit earlier posts. Once again, I have chosen one that I think has something new to say in our current pandemic times. The month of November 2015 was brutal. Do you remember why? I didn’t. So let me remind you what was going on in the world at that time. In November 2015 — • In Paris, a series of suicide […]

Revisiting ‘A Glass Already Broken’

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Today I begin my second week at home, doing my own small part to combat the pandemic. I still haven’t tackled even one item on the list of household projects that I jotted down eight days ago. I always seem to find something more important to do. You see, I have a lot of things to figure out, and that takes up most of my mental energy. I keep asking myself questions—most of them unanswerable […]

Revisiting ‘Bloom Where You’re Planted’

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Mostly Musings

It is March 19, 2020; I am four days into social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Life has been turned completely upside down. Most of us try to follow the new curve-flattening rules to protect ourselves and everyone else. But already, I yearn to go back to “normal,” assuming that the old normal will ever exist again. We can’t sleep, we stress eat, we have trouble concentrating. We either watch the news obsessively, or […]