A friend who’s a teacher tells me that adults need recess. Every day. Especially now. The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that recess means “a suspension of business or procedure for the purpose of relaxation or recreation.” For grown-ups these days, business and procedure are often non-stop. It’s easy to feel burned out if work is home and…

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I’m so proud of the children in my neighborhood. They understand the seriousness of the coronavirus epidemic. They wear masks and play with siblings and sometimes with one pod-mate. Though they have greatly missed other friends and activities, camp and school, they do not complain. Here’s what I saw over the summer: big wading pools,…

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In March, COVID-19 hit like a ton of bricks. Most of us tried to stay out of its way, but some people couldn’t shelter at home and had no choice but to confront the virus head on. Police, fire, grocery workers, health care providers, hospital staff went to jobs that had quickly become perilous. Some…

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