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office

Will COVID kill off the office?

June 18, 2020 12:05 am

To almost everyone’s surprise, working from home works

dying

The dying need real conversation, not false cheeriness

June 11, 2020 11:11 am

People used to open a window when someone died, to let the soul out

election

A June election in Genesee County

June 10, 2020 11:07 am

We will learn once more that ’tis better to be a flower-seeker than a power-seeker

xanax pharma

The joy of Xanax

June 8, 2020 6:20 pm

Back in her examination room, I presented her with my sample

brexit

An 11-year-old’s birthday party was hijacked by Brexit

June 4, 2020 5:50 pm

While our guests laid into Boris and Dominic Cummings, the birthday boy and I played with matches

lockdown

The intense pleasures of lockdown

June 4, 2020 5:36 pm

Walking in the parks and squares, the scent of flowers was amplified by the clear air

prue leith

Why is it that age limits never apply to men?

June 4, 2020 4:09 pm

When lockdown is over, I don’t suppose I’ll have the courage to resist returning to my old hectic run-around

skype funeral

My husband’s Skype funeral

June 4, 2020 2:04 pm

There were no hymns, no eulogy. Time enough for that when the plague has passed

communist bar

Our village has a communist bar and a fascist bar. If only I could remember which is which

May 28, 2020 3:11 pm

If there’s a televised match on somewhere in the world, the communist bar will be showing it on the big screen with the volume turned up

births children

I’ve made up for missing all my children’s and grandchildren’s births

May 28, 2020 3:01 pm

After my father died I instructed the household always to refer to me as the GP, which stood for ‘great provider’

puppy

Unfortunately our new puppy is not just for lockdown

May 28, 2020 2:43 pm

Caroline has already declared that she prefers sharing a bed with the dog to sharing with me

rick santorum

Keeping up with the Santorums

May 26, 2020 1:05 pm

Lockdown in Virginia with the former senator’s huge family

1950s

Back to the future

May 24, 2020 12:06 pm

How the post-pandemic world could resemble the 1950s

Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas?

May 22, 2020 3:35 pm

The future of Sin City is the future of every American city

deconfinement dinner party

Rules for a deconfinement dinner party

May 21, 2020 2:44 pm

Our place settings were as widely spaced as the surrounding Provençal geography

lockdown

The lost world of lockdown

May 21, 2020 1:46 pm

Soon the clear air will be fume-filled again and the birdsong drowned out

goat zoos

Are you a lockdown eel or a pygmy goat?

May 21, 2020 1:20 pm

Without visitors, the meerkats are listless and the dingoes so bored they have to be taken for walks

porch

The renaissance of the porch

May 17, 2020 12:28 pm

You could not ask for a more perfect COVID cloister

remote working

Have you caught the remote-working bug?

May 14, 2020 6:00 pm

Behavior is contagious, and much of what we do results from unconscious mimicry

karen

Don’t let Karen kill your community

May 8, 2020 11:31 am

If our leadership wants us to listen to them, they should discourage Karens

mothers

Lockdown used to be the norm for new mothers

May 7, 2020 8:51 pm

I feared I might feel trapped when the lockdown began but in fact it has been quite liberating

age

In the COVID era, age isn’t just a number

May 7, 2020 8:37 pm

Of course I will die in the next 20-odd years, but I will try hard not to do it from COVID-19, a nasty way to go.

gotham

Goodbye New York, welcome Gotham

May 7, 2020 5:39 pm

The main excitement we get here is going to wait in socially distanced lines at the grocery store

owl

Even the owl in my garden is self-isolating

May 7, 2020 1:32 pm

Tawnies are territorial and will defend up to 50 acres of land

blitz spirit

Is baking and watching Netflix really comparable to being bombed?

May 7, 2020 1:06 pm

It doesn’t take ‘Blitz spirit’ to hunker down at home