Living in Cat Time

The pleasures of staying put

Is Japan Beating COVID-19?

Or are they living in a fool’s paradise?

Wild Turkey Afternoon

A moment from a week in self-isolation

Writing Time

A novelist confronts the perennial question of how to fill the hours, fictional or otherwise

The Shot Heard ’Round the World …

(Except in one townhouse in central New Jersey)

Realizing My Grandfather’s Sailing Dreams

When Covid hit, we already had the boat, so we only had to throw the lines

Inside the Burns Unit

How Scotland’s national poet brought solace at a time of pain and isolation

Reading Thucydides in a Time of Pandemic

What the Athenian historian’s insights predict about the future of our own democracy

Wave to Me

There’s one thing I won’t relinquish to a pandemic that’s claimed so much

The Plague Year

The more things change, the more they stay the same

On Hugging

What we lose when we can’t get close to the ones we love

The Pandemic Mood

Who created it and how it is maintained

Mad Dogs and Transcendentalists

How the individualism of Emerson and Thoreau differs from today’s libertarianism

Back to School

A return to reading as a private and a public act

Facing Death at the Ends of the Earth

The discovery of the world’s oldest rock offers a hefty dose of perspective


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