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COVID-19: A Prolonged Sabbath in a Culture of Productivity

COVID-19: A Prolonged Sabbath in a Culture of Productivity

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, in the middle of school holidays and feeling untethered in many ways. Now, as Term 2 descends, “Sabbath” does not quite seem the right idea for what I’m facing now. The same maybe true for you — or not. I’m sure that our experiences of this time will be as diverse as we are ourselves. Even so, I’m hoping that what I was thinking about a couple of weeks ago may be…

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On Sweeping, Confession, and Progress

On Sweeping, Confession, and Progress

Tonight I swept, for the third time today, the dining room and kitchen floors. As I coaxed the gatherings into the dustpan, I sighed: the thought of the day’s previous repetitions of the same task, and what tomorrow almost certainly holds as well, often provokes my exasperation, sometimes overwhelming me.  Sweeping, picking up toys, washing dishes, wiping down countertops… repetitive chores like these are part and parcel of maintaining a house that is lived in, thoroughly and exuberantly, by several…

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