Dec 28, 2020, 4:16 PM
Dear Readers: The week after Christmas is traditionally a sort of bloated rest period for many, where we recover from the busy holiday season by taking stock, tidying up and planning our new year diet and fitness regimen — from the couch. For many, this week marks a pause. A sigh. An exhale. But this year is not like other years. We have not been traveling, partying, studying in crowded lecture halls or playing with our school friends. We have not been worshiping together, visiting our elders or going to movies, concerts and theater. We have been hunkered down, many of us out of work, exhausted from the altered lifestyle none of us anticipated, and we are yearning, so deeply, to hug — and to be embraced in return.