COVID-19 and social distancing have disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives, including our everyday activities. These ordinary rituals–a stop at a neighborhood cafe or a drink with a friend–instill our lives with an often underappreciated richness. Our loss (and slow remaking) of them reveal their powerful meaning.

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As the Second World War loomed on the horizon, writer Louis Bromfield abandoned his celebrity-filed life in France to farm in his native Ohio. His writings and activism presaged the contemporary sustainable food movement and stand as an early parallel to Pope Francis’s environmental message in Laudato Si’.

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Injury. Sickness. Infirmity. Dying. Death. Although many of us avoid discussing such topics with polite company and, more often than not, among siblings and parents, and children and spouses, these traumas shape the human experience and our time in this world. The COVID-19 pandemic offered a stark memento mori and a reminder of the various…

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As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved stories. Before I even learned to read, I would flip through picture books and try to decipher the tales captured in their illustrations. I would gaze at pages and wonder how their words might fit with a book cover image. My fascination with story-telling wasn’t limited…

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