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Welcome to my experiment in self-care.
I am Clara Parkes, a New York Times-bestselling author riding out the pandemic from a farmhouse on the coast of Maine.
Like many of you, the arrival of COVID erased my work, shattered my concentration, and left me staring into silence while slowly slipping.
I needed a daily touchpoint. Failing to find just the right balance of soul, brevity, and humor, I decided to do it myself.
On March 9, 2020, I launched the Daily Respite.
The premise of this newsletter is extremely simple: Every morning, I email a little nugget as you start your day. A short video clip, a story, a poem, an idea. Just enough to set you on your path for the day.
I love writing the Respite, and people love receiving it.
It’s called The Daily Respite because that’s what we need right now: a brief interval of relief. A momentary brightness for our worrying brains. A reminder of the joy that exists all around us, even in difficult times.
Not to pretend the world isn’t troubled, but to provide fuel for the journey.
Your paid subscription makes the Respite possible, and it keeps the email free for anyone who has been laid off or thrown into financial turmoil during the pandemic. We can take care of each other.
See you tomorrow morning?