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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For many Americans, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has restricted previously mundane interactions and connections to the virtual world. Although powerful and welcome, technology cannot fully substitute or satisfy the human desire for connection and community.

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COVID lockdowns are leading to a spike in child abuse. A survivor of family and clergy abuse following an earlier pandemic recalls the dangers, issues a warning about today’s perils, and recounts his own journey back from the abyss.

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