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Welcome. What is the return to “normal” life? Is this when schools and offices are constantly open? When we arrived herd immunityThe When we no longer wear masks in the supermarket? On planes? (Can we ever Do not wear masks in stores and on planes?)? When boredomThe When we are out more and more?
For now, the intermittent feeling persists, the feeling of being on the verge of something but not yet there. The house is still the place where we are the safest, and, remarkably, there is still much to be discovered. Sour days can be long, but Claire Saffitz will teach you Make your own croissant. You could hear Brahma intermejo He influenced Branford Marsalis as he composed the music for “Ma Rainey Black Black”. there’s still time Tap on your backyard maps For syrup. Or just spend some time among the trees outside, open the senses, Forest bath.
Of course, there is still adventure to be mined – and beauty, too – in our own neighborhood, as travel photographer Roff Smith found that when he began treating his morning bicycle ride like a magazine assignment, he took photographs As he rode through Swampy seaside town on the south coast of England. “It’s true that you don’t have to board a plane and jet to the farthest of the world to experience the feeling of travel or the romance of difference brought home,” he writes. “It’s waiting at your door – if you see.”
What does “back to normal” mean? Has it resumed an activity, a reunion with loved ones, a feeling? tell us: Athome@nytimes.com. Include your name, age and location. We are doing at home. We will read every letter sent. As always, more ideas for living a full and cultured life at and near home appear below.