A year ago, I was spending the day alone on Bruny Island off the coast of Tasmania, off the coast of Australia, across the world from my family. It was amazing. After almost four months away, I returned to the States for my sister’s wedding. We became five family members under one roof. And then the pandemic hit.

Though I was reticent to come back and live in North Carolina with my family, it was for the best. We have been able to support one another financially and emotionally. I continually appreciate this, especially when I ponder over people unemployed or living alone for much of the past year.

As vaccines become more widely available, I am thinking more about what comes next. At the end of this lease, is it time to move closer to Raleigh or to another state? Should I begin regularly attending a non-English congregation? Who and where do I want to visit first?

Six months ago, I moved my site from Tumblr to GitHub Pages. This weekend, I moved to a Ghost installation on Linode. Microposts will be shared as Notes, and I’m interested in modifying the theme to accomodate them. They should have no title and the date should be the permalink. I’m not yet sure what to do with linked posts. If you have ideas or suggestions, hit me up on Twitter.

Amanda Mull writing for The Atlantic:

Casual friends and acquaintances can be as important to well-being as family, romantic partners, and your closest friends. In his initial study, for example, he found that the majority of people who got new jobs through social connections did so through people on the periphery of their lives, not close relations.

I have personally found this to be the case; nearly every job I have taken or been offered has been from people on my social periphery. The overall gist of the article is that weak and moderate social connections form an outer circle or periphery that serves a different but equally important role in human well-being as our inner circle of friends.

By ditching Instagram and WhatsApp during the last year, I feel like I have lost some of these connections – but I’ve also had opportunity to develop new ones in video parties. I feel as connected, if not more, with my friends now as I did prior to all this. And it is my hope that as we come out of pandemia, people will appreciate “friendships of all types” as vital to personal and societal well-being.