Well…I came to a point where I decided not to let the world bug me as much as it has been. That means mostly reading a lot less news, especially about anything having to do with right-wing politics and “culture.” It might seem like a withdrawal from things that I should care about and remain current on, but I can’t hack it anymore because it corrodes my guts. I feel much better off focusing on concerns closer to home and occasionally indulging in thoughtful and intelligent longer reads, mainly mostly in journals and online magazines. So my care has gone in a new direction. It feels a bit like a cop-out but at the same time I don’t know why we have to keep subjecting ourselves to a daily torrent of news reinforcing how horrible people can be. This has been a change for me over the past year, brought to a sharp point by how the world has dealt with the pandemic.