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On the occasion of my 42nd birthday

Today marks the completion of my 42nd journey around the sun and the start of my 43rd. Perhaps more than any previous January 21, I feel as if I’m optimistically standing on the verge of a turnaround. I feel this despite the ongoing pandemic that has ground our existence down to the confines of our homes and callously tossed normalcy into a bin of memories. We all remain a long journey from our post-pandemic aspirations. This tempers the hope and...