we are all aching for a retreat, however brief, from the oppressive unknown that is becoming more known to us each day–even each hour . . . I offer a simple gesture: warm thanks to a friend, Erin Jeffreys Hodges, for her goodness and wisdom, especially when goodness and wisdom lately seem to be in such short supply. Please consider extending similar thanks or praise to the good, wise people in your life. Now more than ever, we all need words of friendship and grace.

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