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I am Clara Parkes, a New York Times-bestselling author currently seeking groundedness from a farmhouse on the coast of Maine.

On March 9, 2020, I sent out my first Daily Respite. We were in the early grips of the pandemic and I needed a daily touchpoint that offered just the right balance of soul, brevity, and humor. Unable to find one, I decided to do it myself.

Since then, our world continues to change. But the premise of this newsletter remains extremely simple: Every morning, I email a little nugget as you start your day. A story, a poem, a short video clip, an idea. Sometimes it’s sheep on trampolines, other times it’s a deeper observation about the world around us.

Always thoughtful, never hard or heavy, 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.

Why Pay?

For the price of one fancy latte every month, you can open your email each morning and know that there’s a quiet moment waiting for you. Paid subscriptions get you access to every Respite I’ve written—currently over 1,000 of them—plus a comfy chair in the imaginary pavilion where we hold our weekly Friday afternoon gatherings. Oh, and you get to call yourself a Respiteer.

See you tomorrow morning?


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A brief moment of relief as you start the day, written by New York Times-bestselling author Clara Parkes.


Clara Parkes 

I live in Maine, I tell stories, and I like to remind you what day it is.