Page 26 of “Chloe the Clingfish”*

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She stood there and stared at the boxes. How could she be so excited to buy them and now feel so ambivalent? Her heart fluttered. She had no more credit for purchases. And her clutter was leading to less and less room in her home.

To get her mind off of her problems, she decided to watch some TV and have a snack.

page 18 of “Chloe the Clingfish”*

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Chloe did not think so: work, dating, money…it was all too much. She clicked the “add to cart” button but decided to hold off on purchasing the purse. She had 8 other items in the cart and made a mental note to revisit the website at home that night. She felt very excited and powerful which was a lot better than feeling anxious.

 

*a story about shopping addiction

Stillness

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by Charles Deluvio 

The first three items in my inbox this morning were about stillness. I take that as a sign. Clearly, I subscribe to matter that resonates with me, so it’s not too coincidental, but I have been feeling this urgent need to be calm despite the pandemic.

Real stillness is not (just) physical repose, but more importantly, mental quiet. 

It’s only when one is quiet can one ignore offensive people, create art, be productive and be helpful for those in need.