These personal harbingers of hope are in deep contrast to what’s going on outside my little bubble. How do I dare write about silence, solitude, and simplicity when so many are right now directly effected by the pandemic and racial violence? But dare I must. To continue I have to assume that readers of this blog are longing for silence, solitude, and simplicity and needing affirmation that it is okay to seek it out. I say, “Yes, it is okay!” We human beings require time alone so we can then go out and connect with others to help make the world a more loving place. We require time alone so we can stay hopeful.