Washington Post: Monks in New Mexico desert dedicated to hospitality reflect on two years without guests

Washington Post: Monks in New Mexico desert dedicated to hospitality reflect on two years without guests. “For more than 50 years, a small community of Benedictine monks has quietly lived, worked and worshiped here in a cluster of off-grid adobe buildings along the banks of northern New Mexico’s Chama River. Considered the most remote Catholic monastery in the hemisphere, it can be reached only by a 13-mile single-lane earthen road that winds through the canyon. Abiquiú, the closest village — population 151 — is 25 miles away. Groves of cottonwood and willows line the river where bald eagles hunt for rainbow trout. Black bears, coyotes and cougars prowl the pinyon- and sage-scented Santa Fe National Forest, which surrounds the monastery. Despite the difficult journey, outsiders have flocked to this serene abbey for decades in search of spiritual renewal.”

Reuters: Portugal cuts COVID-19 isolation from 10 days to seven

Reuters: Portugal cuts COVID-19 isolation from 10 days to seven. “Portugal on Thursday cut the mandatory isolation period for people who test positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic from 10 days to seven, even as new infections hit record highs. The move, which also applies to high-risk contacts, came after health experts urged the government to rethink its policy amid concerns that the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant and lengthy quarantines could paralyse the country.”

Laughing Squid: A Colorful Animated Short About the Inevitable Isolation That Comes With Digital Addiction

Laughing Squid: A Colorful Animated Short About the Inevitable Isolation That Comes With Digital Addiction. “‘Blip’ by Hannah Sun is a colorful 2D animation that zeroes in on the ever-growing issue of digital addiction, the increasing isolation that is the inevitable result of such an addiction, and a worldwide pandemic that left many people to fend for themselves while locked inside their homes.”

NBC News: Mississippi threatens fines, jail time for Covid patients who don’t isolate

NBC News: Mississippi threatens fines, jail time for Covid patients who don’t isolate. “State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs issued an ‘isolation order’ that states, ‘All persons residing in Mississippi must immediately home-isolate on first knowledge of infection with COVID-19.’ Failure to do so could result in fines and jail time. Dobbs’ order mentions two possible levels of violation. One, a refusal to obey a health officer, comes with a $500 fine and, possibly, six months behind bars.”

PsyPost: A person’s attachment style predicts the quality of their romantic relationships during the COVID-19 lockdown

PsyPost: A person’s attachment style predicts the quality of their romantic relationships during the COVID-19 lockdown. “Attachment security predicts better relationship quality during the trying times of lockdown, according to research published in Frontiers in Psychology. By contrast, infection rates, perceived threat from the virus, and level of governmental restrictions were not significant predictors of relationship quality.”

New York Times: The U.S. Is Opening Up. For the Anxious, That Comes With a Cost.

New York Times: The U.S. Is Opening Up. For the Anxious, That Comes With a Cost.. “A new survey from the American Psychological Association found that while 47 percent of people have seen their stress rise over the pandemic, about 43 percent saw no change in stress and 7 percent felt less stress. Mental health experts said this fraction of the population found the quarantine protective, a permission slip to glide into more predictable spaces, schedules, routines and relationships. And the experts warn that while quarantine has blessed the ‘avoidance’ of social situations, the circumstances are poised to change.”

Dazed: Enter the library of isolation curated by Arca, Fran Lebowitz, and more

Dazed: Enter the library of isolation curated by Arca, Fran Lebowitz, and more. “Last month, New York-based cultural club WHAAM! launched a physical and virtual library of books, hand-picked by artists, musicians, and public figures in response to the question: In isolation, what parts of yourself have you recovered Titled Reading Room, the exhibition was created by online library New Reader, and features selections by Arca, Elise By Olsen, The White Pube’s Zarina Muhammad, and more.”

New York Times: Coronavirus Upends Thanksgiving for Many, While Others Ignore Warnings

New York Times: Coronavirus Upends Thanksgiving for Many, While Others Ignore Warnings. “Ginger Floerchinger-Franks typically invites 10 people to her home in Boise, Idaho, for Thanksgiving dinner and cooks the entire meal herself, including her specialty, pumpkin soup. But the pandemic has forced her to devise a new plan: a socially distant potluck. Three households will each prepare a dish, and Ms. Floerchinger-Franks will shuttle the platters between their homes. Then they will gather on Zoom to savor each other’s food.”

NBC News: Arctic explorers stranded amid coronavirus lockdowns

NBC News: Arctic explorers stranded amid coronavirus lockdowns. “Sunniva Sorby, 59, and Hilde Fålulm Strøm, 52, co-founders of the Hearts in the Ice polar education campaign, set off in August to the Svalbard archipelago, located between Norway’s mainland and the North Pole, to collect environmental data and raise awareness about climate change. They were due to return this month but the vessel designated to pick them up was canceled amid global travel restrictions.”