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Let’s talk about our days…
It’s taken me a while to feel the fresh start a new year usually brings—until yesterday really. There was the low of the Capitol insurrection and the high of the inauguration. And during both events, the fear for everyone’s safety.
After the holidays, I made getting back to my novel-in-progress a priority, and apparently, I can only have one priority at a time. On Sunday, I got to a temporary stopping point and discovered I was still eating à la holidays. Whether due to the state of the world or my own days of writing and eating, I had no energy or even any desire for energy.
But Monday was a new day, and I was number one on my list. And it turns out if I’m the priority, I enjoy my walks. But when they’re just an interruption to a writing day, no interest. I have never meditated, but yesterday I started the day with a short meditation. And again today. I like the ritual of it.
Early in January, I started Cara Wall’s The Dearly Beloved, and on the first page of the prologue, I reached for my pen to make a few little edits. But before long, I was underlining sentences I liked and enjoying the read. Here’s a passage I love because my mother said this to me throughout my teen-age years, although her variant was The good guys go fast. Hence my first marriage at age 20.
"She'll miss the season," her mother said. "She's been waiting her whole life for this, and if she's gone, all the good boys will be taken."
Lily King’s Writers & Lovers was my favorite book of 2020. Here’s the opening paragraph.

I have a pact with myself not to think about money in the morning. I’m like a teenager trying not to think about sex. But I’m also trying not to think about sex. Or Luke. Or death. Which means not thinking about my mother, who died on vacation last winter. There are so many things I can’t think about in order to write in the morning.

And here's a sneak peek into Lily’s day, spent at her home in Maine.
I put the kettle on and listen to an audiobook—Then There were None by Agatha Christie whom I have never read before because I never read mysteries, but my new book idea seems to have a dead body on the first page, so I need to read a few—and play solitaire until the kettle boils. This is a new Covid ritual, the audiobook and solitaire in the morning while the kettle heats up. I lean hard on rituals these days. I’m starting to understand how they’ve gotten people through the days, the centuries.... [read more]
How is your new year going? Are you filled with energy?
Anne Korkeakivi, a recent featured writer, wrote, “I am not a creature of habit. I don’t like routine....” Above, Lily King writes that she is leaning hard on rituals. Merriam-Webster’s defines routine as “a regular course of procedure” and ritual as "the established form for a ceremony.” 

Maybe turning something you do, or wish you did, into a ritual would infuse your day with newness and energy. Early in the pandemic, I started taking a bath before dinner. I ordered lavender and eucalyptus bubble bath. That bath became something I looked forward to and counted on. It marked the end of the day and the beginning of the evening.
I'd love to hear about your routines and rituals—new or old!
With this newsletter, I wish for you lovely rituals that make your days matter.
Stay well.
This is an email from me to you so write me back. Let me know how you’re spending your days. And you can find past emails here.

Happy last days of January and thanks for reading.
Peace out,

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Issue #20 January 2021
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