This year has been emotionally costly; can we reinvest?

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How did I do that? And will I ever do it again? Yikes.

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There isn’t even vocabulary for our pandemic emotions

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You never know what you might find while emptying a house

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  • My wedding ring from my first marriage. I had no idea I still had it. The friend who was taking stuff to Goodwill for us found it in a Ziplock in a pile of stuff. Now I once again am confronted with the question of what to do with it.
  • A Tiffany pen. I must have bought it to give as a gift because I would never indulge myself with such a fancy pen. Evidently, after I bought it I couldn’t bring myself to give it away. I didn’t open the box or use it; I just… kept it. Found…


But this isn’t a column about running, it’s about writing

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It grows as you use it, so don’t worry

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Once you slip out of your own skin, it’s kind of wonderful

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With our son out of the house, my husband and I provide our own teenage ambience

Low view of a teen doing a jump on a skateboard on the sidewalk.
Low view of a teen doing a jump on a skateboard on the sidewalk.
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Extraordinary times mean extraordinary ways to be annoyed


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Susan Orlean

Staff writer, The New Yorker. Author of The Library Book, The Orchid Thief, and more…Head of my very own Literati.com book club (join me!)

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