Anyone in need of a little distraction? I’m raising my hand. Maybe it’s because our in-person visual entertainment has been canceled? Movie theaters are closed. Sports arenas are closed, for fans. And when we do go out, we are wearing masks and cannot see faces. There’s a need to see faces. Even if it’s through a television screen.

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I have a bottle of perfume—one that I love—that was a Mother’s Day gift from awhile ago. I’ve used about a quarter of it. I’m not sure if I’m waiting for the queen to visit, an invitation to the presidential inauguration ball, or just some romantic date with my husband. But for some reason, I hesitate to use it, as though it’s a precious commodity; that once it’s gone, it’s gone. That’s true, to some degree. But if I love it so much, why don’t I just use it?

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I’m Tsh Oxenreider — I currently write books & a newsletter, and I also podcast. In 2008 I created The Art of Simple as a space dedicated to living well + ignoring the rest. Read more…

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