Welcome. The newsletter you’re reading starts to become “Stay At Home” in Spring 2020, with the goal of helping Times readers live full and cultured lives amid the coronavirus pandemic. In Spring 2021, optimistic about how vaccines would allow us to leave our nests, we renamed the newsletter “Stay Home and Away”. Our lives unfold, we are no longer in our homes, but we are still finding ways to live well and stay safe.
When I started writing newsletters, I was hoping to get some help. I hope to provide good advice for how to cope and how to pass the time. I wasn’t prepared for the conversation that followed, for the piles of emails were filled with recommendations and compliments, ideas and arguments, poems and photographs. What started out as a service offering has grown into a warm and generous community. If you allow an emotional metaphor, what started as a home has become, for me and I hope for you, a home.
Almost two years have passed, we are a group of hundreds of thousands of people who have swapped book and streaming Recommendations. We shared coping strategy and the things we remember, ours New Year’s Resolution and ours cure for loneliness. We do a notebook, One sound, One smell museum and four really terrible playlists. We reveal our hope and dreams and hugs.
“At Home and Away” was invented to help navigate a world that was transformed overnight. Of course, the world hasn’t ended its transformation yet. We are still living with the pandemic and it is clear that we will not one day be able to do miracles with it. As much as we may wish things were back to “normal”, this – negotiating, adjusting to and dealing with lives affected by the virus – is just life for now. And it can be so annoying sometimes, we’re used to it, we’re figuring it out.
This is the last Home and Away newsletter you will receive. But I don’t withdraw the stake and leave town. I’m turning to The Morning, The Times’ daily newsletter, where, Monday through Friday, my colleague David Leonhardt reports and analyzes the day’s news. I am observing and recommending and think about elves to the new Saturday edition of The Morning, due out on February 5.
If you’ve received The Morning of the week, I’ll hit your inbox as early as February 5. If you haven’t subscribed yet, I’d love if you did at the link below.
I love every minute of being at home and away with you. Thanks for letting me visit you over the past few years. You still can write for me (and I hope you will) and I will still read every letter that comes in.
Ping pong should weigh .095 ounces. Shoulder height of normal womb is 24 to 28 inches. I learned these facts from Size, “A comprehensive reference database of drawings and sized models that document the standard measurements and dimensions of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our world.” Check it out.
“In a sense, all you really need to know about Arthur Miller is that he was 13 years old in 1929, the recession that hit his Brooklyn family in the face.” By Jennifer Allen Miller’s profile in New York Magazine from 1983.
This is David Byrne and the Brooklyn Youth Choir performing “One Fine Day” by Byrne and Brian Eno in 2019.
Here are other ideas for living a full and cultured life, wherever you are. Good care.
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