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Simpler Times

Living life at a slower, more deliberate pace.

But there was something else, something familiar. As I walked my dog down a quiet, nearly empty street, I realized that this is how life used to be for me: quieter, simpler.

Dan Erickson, A Forced Trip Back to Simpler Times

Take a few minutes to read Dan Erickson’s blog post A Forced Trip Back to Simpler Times. In ways, I could see many of us having written this in a diary or journal at the start of the social distancing effort. Erickson’s words often strike a chord with me. And, this post is no different.

It harkens back to the lyrics of New Jersey’s finest punk rock quartet the Bouncing Souls:

I want to be a simple man with a little peace of mind
Live a simple life in a place that’s kind

Is the rat race again near? Or, is our new normal simpler, slower, and more deliberate? Time will tell.

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By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated,, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.