Treat yourself to a daily balm of escape, discovery, and delight - not with the goal of pretending the world doesn’t exist, but to reinforce our souls for the journey.

With Purell selling online for hundreds of bucks and infection counts increasing by the day, it’s hard not to get caught up in the collective anxiety around COVID-19. Anxiety does nothing good for our souls, much less our immune systems. I know I’m feeling it.

So I’ve decided to do a little experiment. 

I am Clara Parkes, an author, speaker, and story seeker. And every morning, I’m emailing you a little nugget to enjoy as you start your day. A short video clip, a piece of music, a poem, an idea.

It’s called The Daily Respite because that’s what we need right now: a brief interval of relief. A momentary distraction for our busy brains. A reminder of the joy that exists all around us, even in scary times. Fuel for the journey.

The Daily Respite is free to all who need it. Should you enjoy it and wish to support the project, you can become a paid member for $6 a month. Paid membership includes occasional extra posts, podcasts, and other goodies.

I hope you’ll join me.